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David Hansen

  • Countertenor


David Hansen: Other operatic roles have included Bertarido in Handel’s Rodelinda under Alan Curtis for the Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao, Spain, Trinculo in the American premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Tempest for Santa Fe Opera under Alan Gilbert, Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare for Den Norske Opera under Rinaldo Alessandrini and for the Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla under Andreas Spering, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Marien Vespers for the Deutsche Staatsoper-Berlin under René Jacobs, Athamas in Handel’s Semele for the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie under Christophe Rousset and Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incorinazione di Poppea for Victorian Opera, the role for which he was nominated for a Helpmann Award. He has worked with directors including Stefan Herheim, Jonathan Kent, Barrie Kosky and Christof Loy.

Concert highlights include the title role in Handel’s Solomon with René Jacobs and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Messiah at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, his début with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle in Carmina Burana, The Tempest at the Concertgebouw under Markus Stenz, Handel arias with Bernard Labadie and the Melbourne and New World Symphony Orchestras and Britten’s Canticles with Ian Bostridge, Christopher Maltman and Julius Drake at the Wiener Konzerthaus.

David’s début recording, Purcell: Music For Queen Mary, with the Academy of Ancient Music and the choir of King’s College Cambridge, is available on EMI Classics.

Forthcoming engagements include Messiah with the Bamberger Symphoniker, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi under Ruben Jais, Messiah with Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid under Fabio Biondi, the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare for Victorian Opera and Schnittke’s Faust Cantata with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Vassily Sinaisky.