Johnny van Hal


The Jugendliche Heldentenor Johnny van Hal was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Sweden. His musical education was at the Music Academy in Malmö and at the Opera Academy in Gothenburg.

He has studied further with Berit Lindholm, Harald Ek and Kirsten Buhl Møller and taken master classes with Håkan Hagegård, Ulla Hedblad, Alf Häggstam, Birgit Nilsson, Birgit Nordin, Kerstin Meyer, Dorothy Irving, Peter Lindroos, Jane Manning and Torbjörn Lillieqvist.

Johnny van Hal is coached by Prof. Peter Berne in Kirschbach, Jeffrey Goldberg in New York, Richard Trimborn in München, Mark Pinzow in Leipzig and Gregory Lamar in New York.

Since 1993 he has been part of the soloist ensemble at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. In addition to his work there, he has done guest performances in Bologna, Essen, Riga, Sao Paulo, Weimar, Vienna and Zurich, amongst others.

Most important in his opera repertoire are these Wagner parts:

Title parts in “Tristan and Isolde”, “Tannhäuser”, “Siegfried” and “Lohengrin”, as well as Erik in “The Flying Dutchman” and Walther von Stolzing in “The Mastersinger from Nuremberg”.

Other large parts are Bacchus in “Ariadne from Naxos”, The Emperor in “The Woman Without a Shadow”, Alwa in “Lulu”, The Prince in “Rusalka”, Florestan in “Leonore”, Cavaradossi in “Tosca” and the title part as Franz Kafka / Josef K in “Kafkas Trial” by Poul Ruders.

From his concert repertoire: the tenor solo in Beethovens “9th Symphony”, “Christus am Ölberge” and “Missa Solemnis”, Dvorák’s “Requiem” and “Stabat Mater”, “Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln” by Schmidt and Mahlers “Das Lied von der Erde”.


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