Jens Krogsgaard

Jens Krogsgaard

Character Tenor

Dramatic Character Tenor - Stage Director
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«The masterly exploration by Jens Krogsgaard into the many aspect of this character lends itself gloriously to a long line of golden moments at the stage of The Royal Opera. (The Tempest by Thomas ADés - copenhagen)»
Børsen - ulrik Cold (2016)
«Tenor Jens Krogsgaard made his debut as a stage-director. A decisive plus was his detailed, calm, meaningful personal direction of all characters, which indicates that his debut as a stage director won’t be the last time we see him in this capacity. Krogsgaard is clearly engaged in the substance of this story and it shows (Chains by Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen - Aarhus SommerOpera)»
John Christiansen - (2016)
«Simply amazing was the Witch of Jens Krogsgaard, a huge and very agile Danish tenor. Krogsgaard has a flexible voice of a thousand shades, which in combination with his acting skills creates a strong character, disturbing and comic at the same time. (Hansel und Gretel by HumPerdinck - Bolzano)» (2016)
2017Nielsen: MaskaradeHr. Leonard
2016New Opera by Svend Hvidfelt NielsenStagedirector and librettist
2015Nielsen: MaskaradeLeonard
2013Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelWitch / Knusperhexe
2013Puccini: TurandotAltoum
2013John Frandsen/Ivar Gjørup: 1/2-ellujah - Egoland The OperaThe Doctor (Overlægen)
2012Orkestergraven (The Pit)Forestillingslederen (The stage Manager)


The hallmark of tenor Jens Krogsgaard (born 5/5 – 1962), is his ability to create strong authentic characters on stage, combining strong skills both as an actor and as a singer. Jens Krogsgaard 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. He made his debut at The Royal Opera in Copenhagen in 2002 as Captain Vere in Billy Budd, with considerable success. The readers of the Danish opera magazine Ascolta chose his portrayal of Captain Vere as “Best operatic performance of the year”. 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, 1999-2007 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. 2016 he staged the succesful world premiere of Chains (Lænker) by Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen at Aarhus Sommeropera (Libretto by the composer and Jens Krogsgaard). Jens Krogsgaard has worked with conductors and stage directors such as Marcus Bosch, 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. CD recordings include; Sinfonia Interna by Rued Langgaard, with the Symphony orchestra of Aarhus, Dichterliebe with Ulrich Stærk at the piano and​ Rued Langgaard - 18 songs with Jan Ole Christiansen at the piano (DACOCD 771). 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. The future will bring Hr Leonard in Maskarade by Carl Nielsen.


2017: Hr. Leonard in Maskarade by C. Nielsen (Den Fynske Opera) and Erasmus von Rotterdam in Schlagt Sie Tot! by Bo Holten (Aarhus Symphony Orchestra)

2016: Stage Director and Librettist  on Chains by Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen (Aarhus Sommeropera)

2015:Hr. Leonard in Maskarade by Carl Nielsen (Den Fynske Opera), Oedipus in Oedipus Rex by Stravinsky (OperaVoces)

2013:The Witch in Hänsel und Gretel by Humberdinck (Teatro Comunale Bolzano), Altoum in Turandot by Puccini (Opernfestspiele Heidenheim), Overlægen (The Doctor) in ½-ellujah by John Frandsen (Århus Sommeropera)

2012:The Stage Manager in The Orchestra Pit (Orkestergraven) by Bo Gunge (Den Fynske Opera)2011:Hoffmann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann by Offenbach (Hebbel Theater Berlin).

2010:Podesta in La Finta Giardiniera by Mozart (Esbjerg), Count Albert in Die Tote Stadt by Korngold (DNO) The Witch in Hansel und Gretel by Humperdinck (Operaen I Midten), Siegmund in Die Walküre 1.act in concert (Theater Vorpommern) and “The Singer” in The American by Fuzzy (Freeze-production).

2009:Jakob Skomager in Jeppe på Bjerget by Lorentzen (DNO), Helges Angst in Helges Leben by Obermüller/Moebius (Theater Bielefeld).

2008Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer (DNO) and Walther von Der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser (Flensburg)

2007:Max in Das Freischütz (DNO) and Florestan in Fidelio (DNO).

2006:Canio in Pagliacci (DNO), Tristan in Tristan und Isolde 2.act in concert (Rostock), Vitek in The Makropolus Case by Janacék and Froh in Das Rheingold (Royal Opera, Copenhagen) and Julian in Skriftestolen by Niels Marthinsen (DNO).

2005:Caliban in The Tempest by T.Adés (Royal Opera, Copenhagen), Calaf in Turandot (Royal Opera, Copenhagen), Froh in Das Rheingold (Royal Opera, Copenhagen) and Valzzachi in Der Rosenkavalier (DNO).

2004:Hoffmann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann by Offenbach, The Poet in The Poet and the Death by F.Schumann/M.Musorgsky and Einvald Deyk in Vice and Virtue in the Middle Time by John Frandsen (Aarhus Sommer Opera).

2003:Lensky in Eugen Onegin by Tjaikowsky (DNO) and Camille de Rosillon in Die Lustige Witve by Léhar (DNO).

2002:Captain Vere in Billy Budd by B.Britten (Royal Opera, Copenhagen), Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly by G.Puccini (DNO) and Leander in Maskarade by C.Nielsen (DNO).

2001:Cavaradossi in Tosca by G.Puccini (DNO), Peter Grimes in Peter Grimes by B.Britten (DNO), Spolleta in Tosca by G.Puccini (DNO) and The Professor in Loppen og Professoren by E.Ørum von Spreckelsen (Den Fynske Opera).

2000:Rane Johnsen in Drot og Marsk by P.Heise (DNO).

1999:Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni by Mozart (DNO), 1.Jude in Salome by Strauss (DNO) and Remendado in Carmen by Bizet (DNO).

1998:Sou-Chong  in Das Land des Lächelns by F.Lehár (DNO), Ein Junge Diener in Elektra by R.Strauss (DNO), Titus Vespasianus in La Clemenza di Tito by W.A.Mozart (Aarhus Sommer Opera), The Knight in The Anatomy by L.Klit (DNO), Tamino in Die Zauberflöte by W.A.Mozart (DNO) and Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia by G.Rossini (DNO).

1997:Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia by G.Rossini (DNO), Gaston in La Traviata by G.Verdi (DNO) and Camille de Rosillon in Die Lustige Witve by F.Lehár (Det Ny Teater)

1996:Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress by I.Stravinsky (DNO).

1995:Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia by B.Britten (Aarhus Sommer Opera) and Gilgamesh in Gilgamesh by Per Nørgård (Aarhus, Göteborg and Oslo)

1994:” 4 ” in Titanics Undergang by K.Å.Rasmussen (DNO). 

The concert repertoire includes among other:

Messias and Acis and Galatea by Händel, Johannes Passion (evangelist) by Bach, Die Schöpfung by Haydn, Elias by Mendelsohn, Requiem by Mozart, Verdi, Dvorak and Lloyd Webber, 9. Symphony by Beethoven, Stabat Mater by Dvorak, On Wenlock Edge by R. Vaughan Williams, Winterreise, Die Schöne Müllerin and Schwanengesang by Schubert and Dichterliebe by Schumann.     

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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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Nielsen: Maskarade Hr. Leonard 1 week Den Fynske Opera 2017
New Opera by Svend Hvidfelt Nielsen Stagedirector and librettist Aarhus Sommeropera 2016
Nielsen: Maskarade Leonard 1 week Den Fynske Opera 2015
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel Witch / Knusperhexe Teatro Comunale Bolzano 2013
Puccini: Turandot Altoum Opernfestspiele Heidenheim 2013


Ascolta - oPeraens Venners Pris
Hede Nielsen Prisen
Veuve Clicqout Musik Prize
Edith aller memorial prize