Biography

Palle Knudsen graduated from the Royal Opera Academy in 1998 and in 1999 he became a member of the soloist ensemble at The Royal Opera in Copenhagen where he saw great success in his first season performing as Papageno in Mozart's "The Magic Flute".

Future engagements include a.o Don Giovanni in Tel Aviv, Il conte Almaviva/Le nozze di Figaro, Motorcycle Cop/Dead man Walking, Sparbüchsenbill/Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Marcello/La Boheme at Royal Danish Opera.

Other notable engagements include Il conte Almaviva/Le nozze di Figaro, Ottokar/Der Freischutz, Giorgio Germont/La traviata, Roberto/I vespri siciliani, En magister/Maskarade, Pelleas/ Pelleas et Mélisande, Wolfram/ Tannhäuser, Sharpless/Madama Butterfly, Silvio/I Pagliacci, Papageno /The Magic Flute at the Theatre Royal, The Pearl Fishers and I Puritani with star tenor Lawrence Brownlee and L'elisir d'amore at the Tivoli Concert Hall, also Don Giovanni at Theater St. Gallen. 

From his debut until today Mr. Knudsen has sung roles such as Ping/Turandot, Figaro/Il Barbiere di Sevilla, Don Giovanni, Lord Sidney/Il viaggio a Reims, Achilla/Giulio Cesare, Ned Keene/Peter Grimes, Pantalone/L'armour des trois oranges, Dandini/La Cenerentola, Eisenstein/Die Fledermaus, Danilo/Die Lustige Witwe, Harlekin/Ariadne auf Naxos, Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Il Conte/Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo/Così fan tutte, Silvio/Pagliacci, Germont/La Traviata, Mercutio/Roméo et Juliette, the title role of Orphée/Philip Glass, Marcello/La Boheme (with a.o. Anna Netrebko) and Zurga/Les pêcheurs de perles

In 1999 Palle Knudsen toured with La Monnaie in New York and Paris singing Apollo/Orfeo. I 2003 he sang Don Giovanni and Guglielmo/Così fan tutte at the Glimmerglass Opera in New York, a role repeated in Pittsburg Opera in 2006 and as Belcore/L’elisir in 2007. Palle has also sung Pelleas/Pelléas et Mélisande at Opera Holland Park, London; Achilla/Giulio Cesare at Royal Albert Hall as well as Bill/Dancer in the Dark with The Royal Opera, Copenhagen, at the Lincoln Center, New York. Besides this he has sung concerts in The Royal Palace in Stockholm, the Philharmonie in St. Petersburg, the Opera in Hanoi (Vietnam), and Pest Vigad in Budapest.

Palle Knudsen has worked with a number of famous conductors such as René Jacobs, Adam Fischer, Manfred Honeck, Giancarlo Andretta, Marc Soustrot, Peter Schreier, Okko Kamu, John Mauceri and Heinz Fricke. He appears regularly as a concert singer in masses and oratorios and is a frequently used as a soloist with Scandinavian orchestras.

Besides several opera engagements Palle Knudsen regularly performs as a concert singer. This includes Carmina Burana and soloist in Athens, Birmingham and Dublin on tour with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Philip Glass’s 5th symphony, Britten’s The Rescue of Penelope with Collegium Musicum, Händel’s Messiah with Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Telemann’s Weihnacht Cantate and J.S. Bach’s Weihnacht-Oratorium with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra as well as the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra and Fauré’s Requiem with South Jutland Symphony Orchestra. At the Gewandhaus, Leipzig he performed Niels W. Gade’s The Elf King’s Daughter.

In 1999 the Danish baritone received the Veuve Clicquot-prize, and in 2002 he was awarded the prestigious Gladsaxe Music Prize for "the combination of a wonderful stage presence with his natural vocal talent, which is in constant progress." In 2006 he received Holger Bruusgaard Legacy. Palle Knudsen has also been awarded the cross of the order of chivalry by Queen Margrethe II.

On CD he has recorded Six Orchestral Songs by Grieg on Naxos and a DVD with Händel’s Giulio Cesare (Archilla) with Lars Ulrich Mortensen on Harmonia Mundi. In 2009/10 a DVD with Händel’s Partenope (Ormonte) was released on Decca and in 2011 Ruders’ Selma Jezkova (Dancer in the Dark) was released on Dacapo. In May 2013 Poul Schierbeck’s Fête Galante with Palle Knudsen was released on Dacapo.

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Reviews

Don Giovanni, W.A. Mozart, Theater St Gallen, 10 September 2013
"Dabei stehen fast durchwegs gute, engagierte Sängerinnen und Sänger auf der Bühne, allen voran Palle Knudsen, der einen quirligen, jeder Situation gewachsenen und äußerst agilen Don Giovanni gestaltet, in der letzten Szene beim Gastmahl mit dem Komtur gar in eine seltsam faszinierende Größe hineinwächst."

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