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David Hansen press reviews

Handel: Giulio Cesare (Giulio Cesare) [Victorian Opera / Richard Gill]

You will probably never see or hear a better countertenor in the title role. David Hansen is dazzling, with a brilliant coloratura and a beautifully even tone. Artistic and emotional, he is highly impressive

Herald Sun

The night was dominated by David Hansen’s thrilling performance of the title role: his pure, agile counter-tenor produced gleaming sword-like high notes and dramatic cascading scales.

The Age

In the title role, countertenor David Hansen echoed the extraordinary success of his 2008 VO Coronation of Poppea appearance, singing with great beauty and security, and negotiating Handel’s often fiendish vocal lines effortlessly.

The Australian


Handel: Messiah [Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Graham Abbott]

The knockout performance came from counter-tenor David Hansen, who uses his beautiful voice with artistry and intelligence, and some dazzling ornamental pyrotechnics.

Herald Sun


Handel Arias [Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Bernard Labadie]

Hansen gave an electrifying reading of Vivi, tiranno from Rodelinda, packed with fire, risky virtuosic flights and a breath control that bore witness to his ingenuity and stamina. Here is a young artist whose career is clearly on the up.

The Age

Three arias from Giulio Cesare and Rodelinda showcased the assured intonation, technical dexterity and pleasant stage presence of young Australian countertenor David Hansen. His sound is sweet, with dark timbral hues in his lower register.

The Australian

The first half featured the astonishing Australian counter-tenor David Hansen performing three Handel arias with the physical confidence of an Olympic athlete. The Baroque ornamentation he applied to these operatic numbers was the equivalent of a gold-medal-winning pentathlon performance, and the crowd roared with approval as he took his bows.



Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea (Nerone) [Victorian Opera / Richard Gill]

David Hansen, a brilliant young Australian-born countertenor who is singing across the world, made his local stage debut as the Roman emperor Nerone (Nero). His physical and vocal agility were astonishing and, like the rest of the cast, he delivered a powerful, emotionally charged performance.

The Australian

Hansen’s Nerone has great power in the coloratura flourishes

The Age



Purcell: Music For Queen Mary
[EMI Classics/CD: Choir of King's College Cambridge/Academy of Ancient Music/Stephen Cleobury]

David Hansen is an exceptional countertenor with barely perceptible gear-change between strong low register and rich upper range.

BBC Music Magazine



Handel: Solomon (Solomon) [Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / René Jacobs]

“Solomon,” at Lincoln Center, was led by David Hansen, a pure-voiced young Australian who is typical of a new breed of matinée-idol countertenors.

Alex Ross, The New Yorker

David Hansen, an Australian countertenor, brought an attractive timbre to his dignified, agile reading of the title role

The New York Times

The young Australian counter-tenor David Hansen displayed Solomon’s self-assurance with eloquent diction and firm tone.

The Guardian Unlimited


Orff: Carmina Burana [Berliner Philharmoniker / Sir Simon Rattle]

…the Swan, exceptionally beautifully sung by the excellent David Hansen.

Berliner Morgenpost

Musically, one could not have wanted a more exciting realization of Orff’s exuberant score…the counter-tenor David Hansen had no problem with the mercilessly high part that so frequently cracks up customary tenors trying to sing the poor spitted swan’s lament in forced falsetto.



Ades: The Tempest (Trinculo) [Santa Fe Opera / Alan Gilbert]

Counter-tenor David Hansen and bass Wilbur Pauley were superb as the oafish servants Trinulco and Stefano. Their trio with Ferguson was heroism seen through the wrong end of a telescope – ants up against the gods, made brave by brandy.

The New Mexican