Christian Damsgaard


Photo: Ditte Valente

Christian is a very versatile singer with a warm, flexible tenor voice and great musical curiosity: 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.

Christian made his debut at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen in 2014 as the mad prince Carlo Gesualdo in the world premiere of Bo Holten’s opera Gesualdo-Shadows and the following year at the Danish National Opera in Aarhus as Juan in Massenet’s Don Quichotte. In 2016 he returned to the Danish National Opera as Goro in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and to the Royal Danish Opera as Arv in Nielsen’s Maskarade. Furthermore he sang Gildenstern in the world premiere of Hugi Gudmundsson and Jakob Weis’s Hamlet in Absentia at Kronborg Castle. In the autumn of 2017 Christian sang Gastone in a new dazzling production of La Traviata with De Nederlandse Reisopera directed by Floris Visser. In most of 2018 he does the large part of Creonte in Tommaso Traetta’s rediscovered tragic masterpiece Antigona at Theater Osnabrück and on tour throughout The Netherlands.

Christian's talent for musical comedy won him much acclaim in the part of the servant Arv in Nielsen's Maskarade and the notary Pascal Dumont in the revival of Schierbeck’s Fête Galante; both on cd with Michael Schønwandt and the Danish National Orchestra.
Born in Aarhus, Denmark Christian studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Udo Reinemann and Margreet Honig, and he has a master’s degree in Musicology and Rhetoric from the University of Aarhus.