Jakob Vad, Baritone

Biography

Jakob Vad is an experienced baritone equally at home on the concert platform and the opera stage. He has been the recipient of a Bayreuth Festival Richard Wagner Scholarship and of Denmark’s prestigious Van Hauns Prize.

Jakob graduated from the Royal Danish Opera Academy in 2012 and continued his studies at the Madrid Opera Studio. He has sung a number of roles at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen including The Hunter Jan in The Fairy in the Stream. For Copenhagen Opera Festival he has appeared as Monsieur de Brétigny in Manon and Mephistopheles in Faust, winning the Opera Talent of the Year prize for the latter role. For the Danish National Opera, Jakob created the role of Karl in David Bruce’s Nothing and for Opera Hedeland he has sung the role of Schaunard in La Bohème.

Outside Scandinavia, Jakob has appeared with Hamburg Chamber Opera, Cuenca Opera in Spain and at the Irkutsk Opera Festival in Russia. He has considerable experience in operas by Mozart, having sung Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte, Papageno in The Magic Flute and the title roles in both Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. Additional roles include Masetto in Don Giovanni and Albert in Werther.

Jakob has shared the stage with some of the most prestigious singers in the opera world, including Patricia Petibon, Ann Petersen, Susanne Resmark, Johan Reuter, Stella Grigorian, Mindaugas Zimkus and Francois Borras. He has worked with leading opera conductors including Robert Reimer and Friedemann Layer.

Outside opera, Jakob has appeared as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Bach St. John Passion and Christmas Oratorio. He has collaborated with most of Denmark’s orchestras including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Phil, Odense Symphony Orchestra and Trinitatis Orchestra and has appeared under conductors Michael Bojesen, Helmut Rilling and David Björkman.

Jakob has a great love for the lieder repertoire. He has appeared in a number of lieder recitals at home and abroad, specializing in the songs of Denmark’s national composer Carl Nielsen and collaborating with his regular accompanist, the pianist Elisabeth Holmegaard Nielsen.

Calendar
Repertoire
Opera Roles

Benjamin Britten

A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM/Bottom

Charles Gounod

ROMEO ET JULIETTE/Gregorio
FAUST/Mephistopheles

Christoph Willibald Gluck

ALCESTE/Apollon

Claude Debussy

PELLEAS ET MELISANDE/Golaud

Claudio Monteverdi

L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA/Seneca

Richard Strauss

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS/A Lackey

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Papageno
COSI FAN TUTTE/Don Alfonso
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO/Figaro
DON GIOVANNI/Leporello
Oratorios and Sacred Works

Charles Gounod

Messe solenelle en l'honneure de Sainte Cécilie

Franz Joseph Haydn

Symphony no. 96, D Major "Miracle"
The Seasons/Spring:Simon

Franz Schubert

Mass in E flat major, D950

Gabriel Fauré

Requiem in D minor, Op.48

Georg Friedrich Händel

The Messiah, HVW 56

Johann Sebastian Bach

Magnificat BWV 243
St. Matthew's Passion: Jesus
Cantata "Unser Mund voll Lachens" BWV 110
Cantata "Ärgre Dich, o Seele nicht" BWV 186
Cantata "Es wartet alles auf dich" BWV 187

Maurice Duruflé

Requiem

Reinhard Keiser

Markus Passion

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Requiem KV 626
Orchestral Works

Carl Nielsen

Fynsk forår
Review
Figaro - Hamburger Kammeroper
http://wozu-die-oper.de/
Sat, 2015-11-07
"...wobei Jakob Vad die Partie wunderbar kraftvoll und ausdrucksstark singt! Unter all all diesen Modepuppen, sowohl den starren als auch den lebendigen, ist er (und auch Susanna) der einzig echte Mensch." Christa Habitch
Figaro - Hamburger Kammeroper
https://svensopernparadies.wordpress.com
Tue, 2015-11-10
"Jakob Vad bestach nicht nur durch sein äußeres Erscheinungsbild, das weiße Hemd diagonal geknöpft, sondern auch durch seine Stimme als jugendlich verliebter Figaro." Sven Goderath
Press Service

Photo: Nikolai Østergaard

Photo: Nikolai Østergaard

Photo: Nikolai Østergaard

Photo: Nikolai Østergaard

Photo: Nikolai Østergaard

Photo: Nikolai Østergaard

Photo: Nikolai Østergaard

Photo: Nikolai Østergaard

Photo: Nikolai Østergaard

Photo: Nikolai Østergaard

Representation:
DK, NO, SE, FI