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Johannes Weisser

The Norwegian baritone Johannes Weisser is The older man in the world premiere of Asle and Alida here in Bergen spring 2025

The Norwegian baritone Johannes Weisser is educated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music and The Royal Danish Opera Academy in Copenhagen.

Since his debut at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2004, he has been engaged at opera houses such as the Staatsoper Berlin, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Theater an der Wien, Salzburg Festival, Teatro Real Madrid, Opera Versailles, Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Canadian Opera Company, Opera National du Rhin, Theater and der Wien, The Royal Danish Opera and The Norwegian Opera and Ballet, where he he remains a regular guest.

His repertoire includes roles such as the title role and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Pizzarro in Beethoven's Fidelio, Giorgio Germont in Verdi's La traviata, the father in Hansel and Gretel, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Papageno in The Magic Flute and several of Händels major roles for bass, such as Achilla in Giulio Cesare and Re di Scozia in Ariodante.

Highlights of recent seasons have included Don Pizzarro in Fidelio at the Elbphilharmonie and the Berlin Philharmonic with the Freiburger Barockorchester, as well as at the Stavanger Concert Hall with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Germont in La traviata, he title role in Gianni Schicchi and Dillon in the world premiere of Missy Mazzolis “The Listeners” at the Norwegian Opera in Oslo, Siegfried in Schumann's Genoveva at the Dresden Music Festival, Mauregato in Schubert's Alfonso und Estrella in Helsinki and Budapest, Re di Scozia in Ariodante in Stockholm, Mahler's Rückert-Lieder with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Brahms' Vier ernste Gesänge and Mahler's Kindertotenlieder with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, as well as at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Caldara's Maria ai piedi Cristo in Madrid and the Philharmonie in Paris, St. John Passion with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, as well as Der Einäugige in Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic and conductor Kirill Petrenko.

Johannes Weisser has performed with leading orchestras and ensembles such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre de Radio France, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, and Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and he has collaborated with outstanding conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Andris Nelsons, Kirill Petrenko, Adam Fischer, Andrew Manze, René Jacobs, Ingo Metzmacher, Marc Minkowski, Giovanni Antonini, Alan Curtis, Fabio Biondi, Diego Fasolis, Philippe Herreweghe, Vasily Petrenko, Trevor Pinnock, Edward Gardner, and Jérémie Rhorer.

Johannes Weisser has appeared on more than twenty CD and DVD recordings, and his discography includes Haydn's The Creation, Mozart's Requiem, Bach's St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, Don Pizarro in Beethoven's Leonore, the role of Achilla in Giulio Cesare, as well as "Visiting Grieg," a critically acclaimed CD of songs by Edvard Grieg together with the Danish pianist Søren Rastogi. He has also recorded Grieg's Peer Gynt with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Edward Gardner, and he was nominated for a GRAMMY (best opera recording) for his role as David in Ståle Kleiberg's David and Bathsheba with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and conductor Tönu Kaljuste.

Updated May 2024