Jens Krogsgaard, tenor, born 5/5 – 1962, started out as a rock-singer, before turning into a classical tenor. In 1996 he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. He also studied privately with Prof. Werner Hollweg. The hallmark of Jens Krogsgaard is his ability to create strong authentic characters on stage, combining strong skills both as an actor and as a singer. He made his debut at The Royal Opera in Copenhagen in 2002 as Captain Vere in Billy Budd, with considerable success. His portrayal of Captain Vere was chosen as “Best operatic performance of the year”, by the readers of the Danish opera magazine Ascolta, and it also won him a nomination in the category Singer of the year at the Årets Reumert 2003 (leading Danish Theatre Award Show).
He made his debut at The Danish National Opera (DNO) in 1996, as Tom Rakewell in The Rakes Progress by Stravinsky, and from 1999 to 2007 he was a member of the ensemble in Aarhus. In this period he developed from a lyric- to a dramatic-tenor, with parts such as Peter Grimes, Hoffmann and Max. In 2004 he made his debut as a stage director with The Poet, based on Dichterliebe by Schumann and other poems by H. Heine. Jens Krogsgaard has worked with conductors and stage directors such as Thomas Adés, M. Aeschbacher, M. Jurowsky, Ion Marin, Tamas Vetö, G. Bellincampi, M. Schønwandt, Kasper Holten, Graham Vick und Jonathan Miller.
He holds a Masters degree in Elite Song Teaching from The Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen (2008). Since August 2008 he is a member of the Arts Council of the city of Aarhus. He has recorded Sinfonia Interna by Rued Langgaard, with the Symphony orchestra of Aarhus, and Dichterliebe with Ulrich Stærk at the piano. In 2006 he was singing Tristan at a concert performance of 2.act of Tristan und Isolde in Rostock, and in 2010 Siegmund in two concerts of Die Walküre 1.act at Theater Vorpommern.
In 1995 Jens Krogsgaard was awarded the HN-Prize, in 1996 the Veuve Clicqout Musik Prize and in 1997 the Edith Aller Memorial Prize.
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