Johan Reuter studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Academy of the Royal Theatre in his hometown of Copenhagen. He frequented masterclasses of Ernst Haefliger, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson and Richard Trimborn. Since 1996 he has been a soloist of the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, where he sings a large repertoire.

In the 2022/23 season Reuter will take on the role of Orest from Elektra at the Royal Theatre Copenhagen, Barak from Die Frau ohne Schatten at San Francisco Opera and Friedrich von Telramund from Lohengrin at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, among others.

In season 21/22 he made his much anticipated return to the Opéra National de Paris, after almost two decades absence, collaborating once again with stage director William Kentridge - this time in Wozzeck. He starred in the new production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg as Hans Sachs at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.  Johan was part of the exciting line-up to celebrate the Centennial of San Francisco Opera, making his first appearance on the West Coast with Die Frau ohne Schatten.
Highlights from the past seasons include Dead Man Walking,  Un ballo in maschera, Cavalleria rusticana/I pagliacci, Scarpia in Tosca [all marking his debut in the roles] in Copenhagen, Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten in London, New York, Berlin, Zürich and Amsterdam, the title role of Nabucco at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Braunfels' Jeanne d'Arc at the Salzburg Festival, Vec Makropulos at the Met and the Salzburg Festival, Wotan in Das Rheingold in Munich and Budapest. He created the role of Theseus in the world première of Harrison Birthwistle's The Minotaur at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where he has also appeared in Elektra, Salome, Wozzeck and The Tsar's Bride. Der fliegende Holländer in Madrid, Berlin and Copenhagen, Le nozze di Figaro at Theater an der Wien and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Macbeth in Lisbon, From the House of the Dead in Paris and Madrid and Così fan tutte in Hamburg.
Recent concert appearances include Haydn's Schöpfung and Die Jahreszeiten, Mahler's 8th Symphony, Rückert lieder and Das klagende Lied, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Brahm's Vier ernste Gesänge, Ein deutsches Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette, Peer Gynt and Michelangelo sonnets by Shostakovich.
He has given song recitals in Copenhagen, Hannover, Frankfurt, Bergen and Madrid.
Johan Reuter recorded Tristan und Isolde under Janowski, Kunzen's Holger Danske, Nielsen's Maskarade under Ulf Schirmer (Gramophone Award), Schubert's Winterreise in Danish as well as solo albums with arias by the young Giuseppe Verdi and songs by Richard Strauss, Carl Nielsen and Hakon Børresen.

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Repertoire Opera

Adams Nixon in China Nixon
Berg Lulu Dr. Schön
  Wozzeck Wozzeck
Enescu Oedipe Oedipe
Henze Elegie für junge Liebende Mittenhofer
Janáček The Makropulos Case Prus
  From the house of the dead Shishkov
Leoncavallo Pagliacci Tonio
Mozart Così fan tutte Don Alfonso
Mussorgski Boris Godunow Boris Godunow
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Gianni Schicchi
  Il tabarro Michele
  La fanciulla del West Jack Rance
  Tosca Scarpia
Rimsi-Korsakow The Tsar's Bride Gryaznoy
Strauss Arabella Mandryka
  Die Frau ohne Schatten Barak
  Elektra Orest
  Salome Jochanaan
Stravinsky The Rake's Progress Nick Shadow
Tchaikovsky The Queen of Spades Tomsky
Verdi I Vespri siciliani Alfino
  Macbeth Macbeth
  Simon Boccanegra Boccanegra
  Un ballo in maschera Anckarström
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Holländer
  Lohengrin Teralmund
  Meistersinger von Nürnberg Hans Sachs
  Parsifal Amfortas
  Das Rheingold Wotan
  Siegfried Wanderer
  Tristan und Isolde Kurvenal
  Walküre Wotan

Repertoire Concert

Bach Mass in b minor
  St. John Passion
  St. Matthew Passion
  The Christmas Oratorio
Beethoven Mass in c major
  9. Symphony
Brahms A German Requiem
  Four serious songs
Duruflé Requiem
Fauré Requiem
Handel Messiah (in german)
Haydn Creation Mass
Mahler 8. Symphony (both deep voices)
  Songs of "Des Knabens Wunderhorn"
Mendelssohn Elias (english and german version)
Mozart Krönungsmesse
  Mass in C major
Schönberg Gurre-Lieder
Schubert Mass in E flat major
  Mass in A flat major
Shostakovich Michelangelo songs (in german)


In Baden-Baden and the Philharmonie with the Berlin Philharmonic
Following successful performances of the Danish national opera Drog et Marsk at the Royal Danish Opera, Johann Reuter's next engagement will be at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden as part of the Easter Festival. 
From 23 March 2024, he can be heard there as Orest in a new production of Strauss' Elektra together with the Berliner Philharmoniker and alongside Alexandra Ionis, Anthony Robin Schneider, Andrew Harris and Nina Stemme in the title role. Following the staged performances directed by Philipp Stölzl and Philipp M. Krenn in Baden-Baden, Kirill Petrenko will also conduct a concert version of the piece in two performances at the Berliner Philharmonie from 4th of April 2024.

Further performance dates and information can be found here: 
Debut at the Ruhrtriennale
Johan faces an exciting season with many different challenges. It begins at the Ruhrtriennale, where he takes on the role of Alexandr Petrovič Gorjančikov in Janacek’s masterpiece “From the House of the Dead” under the musical direction of Dennis Russell Davies. Performances of this eagerly awaited new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov are on August 31st and on September 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 8th and 9th, all taking place at the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum.

Here is a small impression that makes you want more 



Lohengrin / Bayerische Staatsoper München / 09.12.22 /

"dem unsicheren Gatten Telramund gegenüber, den Johan Reuter auch sängerisch überragend charakterisierte" 

Der fliegende Holländer / Canadian Opera Company / 09.10.22 /

"an intelligent blend of colour and texture infused with real feeling" 

Oedipe / Dutch National Opera / 08.12.18 /

"den glänzend singenden und spielenden Johan Reuter" 
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