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David Hansen


Management: Australasia

Website: www.guywhosingshigh.com

Il Giasone, Pinchgut Opera, December 2013
Taking the lead role of the ambiguously semi-heroic Jason is the charismatic David Hansen, one of today’s leading countertenors and on this showing a very classy act indeed.  …His powerful soprano is sweet across the full range despite the perilious tessitura of the role…”
Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine February 2014

Rivals – Arias for Farinelli & Co, Sony/Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
“…the programme showcases Hansen’s formidable technique and flexibility as he flits from quick-fire coloratura to long-breathed cantilena…   Hansen dazzles throughout with his vocal fireworks…but his real strengths lie in more lyrical singing which highlights the plangent beauty of his voice...”
Kate Bolton, Opera, Magazine

Griselda, Pinchgut Opera
“…The countertenor David Hansen brought the house down as the devious Ottone, with fearless attack on vertiginous runs, startling leaps and thrilling dives into chest voice”…
Deborah Jones, Opera, March 2012

“David Hansen is an exceptional countertenor with barely perceptible gear-change between strong low register and rich upper range”
BBC Music Magazine

“…a pure-voiced young Australian who is typical of a new breed of matinée-idol countertenors”
Alex Ross, The New Yorker 

David Hansen was born in Sydney, Australia. He studied singing with Andrew Dalton at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

In 2004, David made his European début for the Aix-en-Provence Festival in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Shortly thereafter, he made his UK début in concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm, as well as performing the title-role in Handel’s Fernando under Alan Curtis for the Spoleto Festival, Italy.

Forthcoming engagements for the 17/18 season include Ruggiero in Handel's Alcina under Andrea Marcon for the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscot and under Andreas Spering for the Handel-Festspiele Karlsruhe, Apollo in Caldara's La concordia de'pianeti under Marcon at the Royal Concertgebouw, a gala concert with Vivica Genaux, Academia Montis Regalis and Alessandro De Marchi for the Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, and his Wigmore Hall debut.

Recent highlights include Telemaco in Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria under De Marchi for both Den Norske Opera and the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, the title role in Handel's Giulo Cesare under De Marchi for Semperoper Dresden, the title role in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice under Rinaldo Alessandrini for Den Norske Opera, Nerone in Handel's Agrippina with Boston Baroque, Nerone in Boston Early Music Festival's productin of L'incoronazione di Poppea, Porpora's Il Germanico under De Marchi at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, Farnace in Mozart's Mitridate, Re di Ponto under Christophe Rousset for Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, the title role in Handel's Serse under Jean-Christophe Spinosi, and Handel's Parnasso in Festa at the Royal Concertgebouw under Marcon.

Concert highlights include the role of David in Handel's Saul under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Wiener Musikverein, Carmina Burana with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle, the title role in Handel's Solomon with Rene Jacobs and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bach's Johannes-Passion with Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble under Mark Minkowski and Handel's Messiah under Fabio Biondi.

David’s debut solo recording for Sony/dhm, Rivals - Arias for Farinelli & Co., with Academia Montis Regalis and Alessandro De Marchi was released to critical acclaim.  His other recordings include Purcell:  Music For Queen Mary, with the Academy of Ancient Music and the choir of King's College Cambridge, available on EMI Classics, Cavalli's Giasone and Vivaldi's Griselda, both recorded for Pinchgut Opera Live, bach's Johannes-Passion with Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble under Minkowski for Warner/Erato and Handel's Parnasso in Festa under Marcon for Pentatone.  Future recordings include a Purcell recital, One Charming Night, and an exciting follow-up recording to Rivals with Academia Montis Regalis and Alessandro De Marchi.


David Hansen is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
February 2018
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