Jakob Vad, Baritone
Jakob Vad began his singing studies at The Royal Conservatory in Copenhagen in 2006. After completing his bachelor, he was admitted to the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen, where he studied from 2009 to 2012. In 2014 he continued his studies in Spain at Madrid Opera Studio with Maestro Theodore Coresi as main teacher.
Already in his early years while studying at the Royal Danish Music Academy, Jakob Vad came to be in increasing demand as both concert singer and opera soloist, and he made his debut at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, aged 24, in the role Lakaj in Ariadne of Naxos in 2009.
Jakob Vad has performed opera roles in theatres home and abroad, including Papageno DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE at Cuenca Opera in Spain, Albert WERTHER in Russia at Irkutsk Opera Festival, Bretigny in Manon and Mephistopheles FAUST at Copenhagen Opera Festival, Seneca in L’INCORAZIONE DI POPPEA at Funens Opera, Figaro LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and Guglielmo COSI FAN TUTTE at Hamburger Kammeroper, Germany, Leporello DON GIOVANNI, Gregorio ROMEO AND JULIET and several other roles at The Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.
Still early in his career, Jakob has had the pleasure of singing together with famous singers such as Patricia Petitbon, Ann Petersen, Susanne Resmark, Johan Reuter, Stella Grigorian, Mindaugas Zimkus and Francois Borras. He has worked with some of the leading opera conductors, such as Robert Reimer and Friedemann Layer.
He has sung the bass parts in most of the famous sacred works like Mozart’s Requiem, Händel’s Messiah and Bach St. John Passion and Christmas Oratorio in collaboration with numerous of the most important orchestras and conductors I Denmark and Scandinavia. Amongst them the National Danish Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Phil., Odense Symphony Orchestra and Trinitatis Orchestra, led by conductors such as Frans Rasmussen, Michael Bojesen, Per Enevold, Helmut Rilling and David Björkman.
Although doing the majority of his work within sacred music concerts and opera productions, Jakob has a love for songs and lied-cycles. He has sung Schuberts Winterreise and Myrthen Lieder by Schumann and regularly does concerts with Danish songs by Nielsen and Heise.
Jakob Vad has received several grants and scholarships including the prestigious Richard Wagner Scholarship at the Bayreuth Festival and Van Hauen Prize.
Copenhagen Opera Festival named Jakob Vad the Opera Talent of the Year, 2014.
In the season of 2016/2017, Jakob sings continues to work with Hamburger Kammeroper in Germany – adding to that engagements with Danish National Opera and Opera Hedeland in Denmark.