Danish tenor Peter Lodahl studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus and at the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen. Upon completion of his vocal education he took on his first engagement at the Kiel Opera House in Northern Germany where his first roles included Decio in Vivaldi’s Ottone in villa, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Lord Percy in Anna Bolena, Rinuccio in Dianni Schicchi, Cassio in Otello and Don Alfredo in Eduard Künneke’s Lady Hamilton.
He then moved on to the Komische Oper in Berlin to further expand his repertory with roles such as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Alfredo in La Traviata, Lenski in Eugene Onegin and Rodolfo in La Bohème.
He received the nomination for the “Young Artist Of The Year” award by the opera magazine Opernwelt and less than two years later he joined the ensemble of the opera company of his home country, the Royal Danish Opera, where he won over audiences and critics alike as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Alfredo (La Traviata), Duke (Rigoletto), Romeo (Roméo et Juliette), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Fenton (Falstaff), Rodolfo (La Bohème) and An Artist / A Negro in Lulu.
Further successes include Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with the Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm, Tamino at the Berlin State Opera, Don Ottavio at Hamburg’s State Opera, Ein Jüngling in Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten with Den Norske Opera in Oslo, Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff at the Göteborg Opera as well as the title role in Mozart’s Mitridate at the Drottningholms Slottsteater.
On the concert podium he appeared in Stuttgart’s Liederhalle with soprano Diana Damrau and he enjoys a frequent collaboration with conductors such as Giancarlo Andretta, Michael Boder, Anthony Bramall, Frans Brüggen, Dan Ettinger, Simon Gaudenz, Paul Goodwin, Michael Hofstetter, Manfred Honeck, Konrad Junghänel, Patrick Lange, Shao-Chia Lü, Kazushi Ono, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Günter Neuhold, Marc Piollet, Christoph Poppen, Markus Poschner, Carlo Rizzi, Henrik Schäfer, Michael Schønwandt, Peter Schreier, Andreas Spering, Carl St. Clair, Andreas Stoehr and Arnold Östman.
Being a versatile concert soloist, Peter Lodahl’s concert repertory includes Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, St John and St Matthew Passion, a wide selection of Cantatas, Mozart’s Reuqiem, Missa Brevis and Mass in C minor, Handel’s Messiah, Jephta and Joshua, Haydn’s Creation and The Seasons as well as his Missa in tempore belli and Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mahler’s Las Lied von der Erde and Bartok’s Cantata Profana.
He further appeared at New York’s Alice Tully Hall in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, in Mozart’s Requiem with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s St John Pasison with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and in concert with the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Frankfurt and Kaiserslautern.
Peter gave his debut with Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels performing Leukippos in Strauss’s Daphne besides taking part in productions of Der Rosenkavalier and Les vêpres siciliennes in Copenhagen, followed by a New Year’s Concert with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and another concert featuring Donizetti’s seldom performed Requiem with the Copenhagen Philharmonic.
After appearing as Lenski in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Copenhagen Opera Festival, Peter Lodahl’s engagements in the season 2015/2016 included a new production of Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot at Madrid’s Teatro Real, his highly-acclaimed rendering of the role of Jay Gatsby in the European Premiere of Harbison's "The Great Gatsby" at Dresden’s Semperoper, as well as a new production of Strauss’s Daphne at the Hamburg State Opera. In Hamburg, Peter furthermore appeared as Artist/Negro in Berg’s Lulu and went on performing Das Liebesverbot at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Particularly noteworthy is his rendering of the title role in Enjott Schneider’s Marco Polo, a newly composed opera sung in Chinese and explicitly written for the two opera houses in Guangzhou and Beijing.
These appearances were further completed by several concert projects including the world premiere of Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen’s Juleoratorium with the Århus Sinfonietta and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Noord Nederlands Orkest. In the frame of the Grafenegg Academy 2018 Peter performed the role of “Der Offizier” in a semi-staged version of Ernst Krenek’s one-act opera Der Diktator opposite Christopher Maltman in the title role.
Without doubt one the most challenging and exciting projects is represented by Christian Jost’s world premiere of Dichterliebe recomposed at the Konzerthaus Berlin based on Schumann’s famous song cycle, with the composer himself conducting the Berlin-based Horenstein Ensemble. A recording of the concert has recently been released by Deutsche Grammophon.
During the past season Peter took part in a new production of Puccini’s La Bohème in Bern and starred as King Eric in a new production of Peter Heise’s seldom performed Danish opera Drot og marsk in Copenhagen.
Besides a revival of Berg’s Lulu in Hamburg, recent engagements comprise Rodolfo in a coproduction between Østerbro Theatre and the Copenhagen Opera Festival, besides Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the inauguration of the new concert hall in the Japanese town of Takasaki. Always with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Peter will also appear in concert with the MDR-Sinfonieorchester under Ivor Bolton.
A former General Manager of the Copenhagen Opera Festival which he has successfully led over the last years, Peter took over his new position as General Manager of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra starting with September 2019.
2020 | 2021
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Robert Schumann & Christian Jost: Dicherliebe
Peter Lodahl, Daniel Heide, Stella Doufexis
Label: DGG | 2019
Richard Wagner: Das Liebesverbot
Manuela Uhl, Christopher Maltman, Peter Lodahl, Ilker Arcayürek, David Jerusalem, Ante Jerkunica, Isaac Galán, Maria Hinojosa et al.
Orquesta y Coro Titulares del Teatro Real
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
Director: Kasper Holten
Label: Opus Arte | 2017
John Frandsen: Requiem
Teitur, Sine Bundgaard, Andrea Pellegrini, Peter Lodahl, Halvor F. Melien, Klaudia Kidon, Astrid Kastensson Navarro-Alonso
Danish National Symphony Orchestra | Danish National Concert Choir, Danish National Girls Choir
Conductor: Henrik Vagn Christensen
Label: Dacapo | 2014
Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser
Stig Andersen, Tina Kiberg, Susanne Resmark, Stephen Milling, Tommi Hakala, Peter Lodahl, Kjeld Christoffersen, Peter Arnoldsson et al.
Royal Danish Orchestra | Royal Danish Opera Chorus
Conductor: Friedemann Layer
Director: Kasper Holten
Label: Decca | 2011