David Danholt, tenor

David Danholt

Represented By:

Michael Morelli
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David Danholt is a Danish Jugendlicher Heldentenor with fresh timbre of voice and elegantly polished phrasing.


Recent and future highlights include among others:

  • Hassans Valg at Den Fynske Opera;
  • Drømmeren/Drømmen at Rued Langgaard Festival;
  • Gådestemningen og Løgnen/Antikrist at Rued Langgaard Festival, and with Danmarks Radio;
  • Dr. Cajus/Falstaff at Den Ny Opera, Esbjerg;
  • Camille de Rosillon/Den Glade Enke with Odense Symfoniorkester;
  • Walther/Die Passagierin at Israeli Opera Tel Aviv;
  • Roderigo/Otello and Tamino/Die Zauberflöte at Copenhagen Royal Opera;
  • tenor in Klippeøerne (newly commissioned opera by Ole Olsen) with Arctic Philharmonic.


David Danholt is educated from The Opera Academy and The Royal Danish Academy of Music. He has studied with voice coaches Klavs Lewinsky, Gregory Lamar and Reinaldo Macias.

Past engagements in recent years include: Candide/Bernstein with Norköping Symfoniorkester, Mozart’s Requiem with Copenhagen Chapel Choir, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer in Passionstheater Oberammergau, conductor Ainars Rubikis (July 2017) , War Requiem with Aarhus Symfoniorkester, conductor Jaroslaw Kyzlink (May 2017) and Hymnus Amoris with Münchener Rundfunkorchester, conductor Ulf Schirmer (June 2017), Baron Lummer/Intermezzo (in concert) with Nederland Radio Philharmonie, conductor David Zinman (March 2017), Beethoven’s Symphony 9 with Philharmonie Zuid-Nederland, conductor Michael Sanderling (February 2017), Eisenstein/Die Fledermaus (in concert) with Aarhus Symfoniorkester, conductor Christian Kluxen (January 2017), Der Prinz/Rusalka at Arizona Opera (October/November 2016), Leonore/Florestan at Buxton Festival, Walter/Die Passagerin at Florida Grand Opera in Miami in 2016, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer in Seattle in 2016, a role debut as Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer in Wisconsin, United States and Walter/Die Passagerin at Michigan Opera Theatre in 2015.

In 2013/2014 he performed a.o. Claudio in Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot at Oper Leipzig and in Bayreuth, Arindal in Wagner’s Die Feen at Oper Leipzig, Mozart’s Requiem with Danish Radio Sinfonietta, and Handel’s Messiah with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. Other engagements include Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with Sønderjylland’s Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9. Symphony and Missa Solemnis, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.

Apart from his many stage performances, Mr. Danholt has extensive concert appearances throughout Denmark and worldwide, performing Judas Maccabaeus, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Haydn’s Schöpfung at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Italy and Mendelsohn’s Elias, with leading Danish and Scandinavian orchestras.


In August 2014 David Danholt won the 1st prize in the 3rd International Wagner Competition in Seattle.

David Danholt has received numerous awards and scholarships, among others the prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Foundation Scholarship in 2005 and the Prize from The Danish Music Critics Association in 2008.


David Danholt – Der Fliegende Holländer by R. Wagner – Erik’s Cavatina


Leonore, L.v. Beethoven, Buxton Festival, July 2016

“Two young singers, David Danholt and Hrolfur Saemundsson, make admirable stabs at the vocal challenges Beethoven piles on to Florestan and Pizarro.”

– Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph

Leonore, L.v. Beethoven, Buxton Festival, July 2016

“The singers are a strong team, with young David Danholt making an extremely good impression as Florestan”
– Robert Beale, The Arts Desk