Born in 1978, the Austrian tenor is one of the most sought-after Evangelists and Bach interpreters of his generation. He studied church music as well as vocal arts with Margit Klaushofer and Robert Holl in Vienna. Mr Johannsen participated in master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Nicolai Gedda and Christa Ludwig and was a prizewinner at the Bach, Schumann, Mozart, Hilde Zadek and Wigmore Hall Competitions.
Since his debut in 1998, appearances as a concert, lieder and opera singer have taken him to the major musical centres of Europe (Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie), North America (Carnegie Hall, New York City), Japan and the Middle East, where he sings works from every period. He appears at leading festivals (Styriarte Festival in Graz, Salzburg Festival, La Folle Journée, yearly at international Bach festivals), and he performs under such distinguished conductors as Bertrand de Billy, Jordi Savall and Trevor Pinnock with various ensembles, including Vienna Philharmonic, Freiburger Barockorchester and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
The lyric tenor is engaged by such theatres as the Munich State Theater on Gärtnerplatz, the Leipzig Opera, the Vienna Volksoper and the Bonn Opera, where he is heard in Mozart roles, Baroque, 20th-century and contemporary works as well as several operetta roles.
Song recitals featuring the entire range of German repertoire, in addition to English and French compositions, are a central focus in the work of the singer, who collaborates with such pianists as Charles Spencer, Graham Johnson and Helmut Deutsch. Daniel Johannsen’s recording of the Dichterliebe was released in spring of 2010, following his first solo CD, Tenore & Traverso with arias by J. S. Bach, which received the ORF Pasticcio Award. In addition, numerous other recordings, radio and television broadcasts document his creative output.
During the 2017/18 season Daniel Johannsen will repeatedly be guest soloist at Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and at Herrenchiemsee Festival. Bach’s oratorios and passions lead him to Munich Philharmonie im Gasteig and highly acclaimed Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. Vienna Volksoper invited him to sing Conte d’Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. The Innsbruck Theatre chose him for Nadir, the main role in Emanuel Schikaneder’s fantasy opera Der Stein der Weisen.