Bio: The hallmark of Jens Krogsgaard is his ability to create strong authentic characters on stage, combining strong skills both as an actor and as a singer.
He made his debut at The Royal Opera in Copenhagen in 2002 as Captain Vere in Billy Budd, with considerable success. His portrayal of Captain Vere was chosen as“Best operatic performance of the year”, by the readers of the Danish opera magazine Ascolta, and 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 Rake's Progress by Stravinsky, and from 1999 to 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, Hoffmannand 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. Jens Krogsgaard has worked with conductors and stage directors such as 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.
He has recorded Sinfonia Interna by Rued Langgaard, with the Symphony orchestra of Aarhus, and Dichterliebe with Ulrich Stærk at the piano. 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.
He has done the following parts:
The Witch in Hänsel und Gretel by Humberdinck (Teatro Comunale Bolzano)
The Stage Manager in The Orchestra Pit (Orkestergraven) by Bo Gunge (Den Fynske Opera)
Hoffmann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann by Offenbach (Hebbel Theater Berlin)
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).
Jakob Skomager in Jeppe på Bjerget by Lorentzen (DNO),Helges Angst in Helges Leben by Obermüller/Moebius (Theater Bielefeld)
Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer (DNO) and Walther von Der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser (Flensburg)
Max in Das Freischütz (DNO) and Florestan in Fidelio (DNO)
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) andJulian in Skriftestolen by Niels Marthinsen (DNO).
Caliban in The Tempest by T.Adés (Royal Opera, Copenhagen), Calaf in Turandot (Royal Opera, Copenhagen),Froh in Das Rheingold (Royal Opera, Copenhagen) andValzzachi in Der Rosenkavalier (DNO).
Hoffmann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann by Offenbach, The Poetin The Poet and the Death by F.Schumann/M.Musorgsky andEinvald Deyk in Vice and Virtue in the Middle Time by John Frandsen (Aarhus Sommer Opera).
Lensky in Eugen Onegin by Tjaikowsky (DNO) and Camille de Rosillon in Die Lustige Witve by Léhar (DNO).
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).
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).
Rane Johnsen in Drot og Marsk by P.Heise (DNO).
Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni by Mozart (DNO), 1.Jude in Salome by Strauss (DNO) and Remendado in Carmen by Bizet (DNO).
Sou-Chong in Das Land des Lächelns by F.Lehár (DNO), Ein Junge Diener in Elektra by R.Strauss (DNO), TitusVespasianus 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) andAlmaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia by G.Rossini (DNO).
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)
Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress by I.Stravinsky (DNO).
Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia by B.Britten (Aarhus Sommer Opera) and Gilgamesh in Gilgamesh by Per Nørgård (Aarhus, Göteborg and Oslo)
” 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 andSchwanengesang 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.