Christian Damsgaard


Christian is a very versatile singer with a flexible tenor voice and great musical curiosity, and thus his repertoire spans a wide and varied range of musical styles and genres: he sings opera, oratorio, art songs and cabaret tunes – from early Baroque works via full-blown Romantic opera to the latest compositions of the 21st century.

 His latest opera roles are Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Oslo, July 2013)Mercurius in Kraus’s Proserpin (Potsdam, June 2013), Don José in Bizet’s Carmen (Stavanger/Sandnes, October 2012), a buffo notary in the revival of Danish composer Poul Schierbeck’s Fête Galante (Copenhagen, June 2012, released on cd with Michael Schønwandt and the Danish National Orchestra in May 2013), and the double part as the two old nurses, Arnalta and Nutrice, in the premiere of a new Danish version of L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi  at the Copenhagen Music Theatre (September 2011). In July 2013 Christian premiered 5 Songs about Death for tenor, piano and flute written for him by Danish composer Jens Vrå. 

 Christian studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Udo Reinemann and Margreet Honig, and at the University of Aarhus in Denmark where he obtained a master’s degree in musicology and rhetoric. He has also, as the first Dane ever, studied at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles in France.

Christian works as a freelance singer with a large number of different orchestras and ensembles in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands, and performs with equal pleasure and fervour in solo pieces and chamber music.