"Peter Lodahl was perhaps the best of all (...). His is a beautiful tenor indeed, whose tones tugged on the heart-strings, but this was always at the service of the drama, never preening. There was a touching, simple innocence at the heart of his portrayal"
Danish tenor Peter Lodahl studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus and at the Opera Academy in Copenhagen. Upon completion of his vocal education he took on his first engagement at the Opera house of Kiel where his first roles included Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Decio in Vivaldis Ottone in Villa, Percy in Anna Bolena, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Cassio in Otello and Don Alfredo in Künnekes Lady Hamilton.
He then moved on to the Komische Oper in Berlin to expand his repertory by parts such as Rodolfo in La Boheme, Alfredo in La Traviata, Lenski in Evgenyi Onegin, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Pylades in Iphigenie en Tauride and Renaud in Glucks Armide.
In 2007 Peter Lodahl received the nomination for the Young Artist of the year award by the opera magazine Opernwelt and less than 2 years later he joined the ensemble of the most coveted opera company of his home country, the Royal Danish Opera where he won over audiences and critics alike as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Rodolfo in La Boheme (opposite Anna Netrebko), Alfredo in La Traviata, Roméo in Romeo et Juliette, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Painter/Negro in Lulu.
His recent successes include Tamino at the Staatsoper Berlin, Don Ottavio at Hamburgs State Opera and with Den Norske Opera in Oslo, Ein Jüngling in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Rolla in Verdis I Masnadieri at la Monnaie in Brussels, Alfred in Die Fledermaus and the young sailor in Tristan und Islode at the Royal Danish Opera, Fenton in Falstaff with Gothenburg Opera, Ernesto in Don Pasquale at Schloss Rapottenstein in Austria and Nerone in Monteverdis L'incoronazione di Poppea in Stockholm.
On the concert podium he was heard in Stuttgarts Liederhalle with soprano Diana Damrau and he enjoys a frequent collaboration with conductors 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 much in demand, Peter Lodahl's concert repertory includes Bachs Christmas Oratorio, St. Johns- and St. Matthews-Passion, a wide selection of Cantatas, Mozarts Requiem, Missa Brevis and Mass in c-minor, Handels Messiah, Jephta, and Joshua, Haydns Creation and Seasons, Paukenmesse and Stabat Mater, Mendelssohns Die erste Walpurgisnacht,Beethovens Ninth Symphony, Mahlers Lied von der Erde, and Bartoks Cantata Profana.
In season 2011/12 he returned to the Komische Oper Berlin for Rodolfo in LA Boheme, Alfredo in La Traviata, to the Royal Danish Opera for Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte at the Royal Danish Opera and appeared at New Yorks Alice Tully Hall in Stravinskys Pulcinella. His concert highlight that season moreover included Mozarts Requiem with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Bachs St Johns Passion with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and concerts in Frankfurt and Kaiserslautern with the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
The current season saw him performing Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Hedeland Opera Festival while Rodolfo in La Boheme at the Komische Oper Berlin, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Fenton in Falstaff, Alfredo in La Traviata at the Royal Danish Opera and concerts with opera arias with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and John Frandsens Requiem with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra are on his schedule to come.
Peter Lodahl gave his much applauded Salzburg Debut in the Grosses Festspielhaus in February 2013 singing the tenor part in Verdi Requiem with the Mozarteum Orchestra under the baton of rising star Alexander Shelley. In June 2013 he made his debut at Vienna’s Musikverein in Schubert’s Mass in E-flat major with Franz Welser-Möst conducting the Wiener Hofmusikkapelle.
In 2014 Peter Lodahl will have his debut in the demanding title role in Mozarts Mitridate at Drottningholm Slottsteater and sing his first Leukippos in Daphne at Theatre La Monnaie in Brussels.
Peter Lodahl continues his vocal studies with Maestro Gregory Lamar in New York.
In 2013 the Danish Queen made Peter Lodahl Knight of the Order of Dannebrog.