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“With his superbly sounding voice, Danish-Norwegian bas-baritone Lars Fosser, gives the role (Rigoletto) an impressive dimension and profoundness Bruno Villien Opera Magazine

Lars Fosser bringt für die Titelpartie (Der Fliegende Holländer) die Klasse eines welterfahrenen Sängers ein, absteigend in schwärzesten Bass und mit einem gewaltigen, auch bis an den oberen Rand ausgereizten Volumen” 

Hans-Martin Koch – Landeszeitung Lars Fosser’s musical and theatrical heritage reflects his life with a stage director father and a singer mother.

His artistic upbringing introduced him to a long and loving relationship with Grand Opera, intimate lieder, and even American show tunes. The bass baritone’s exuberant performances in such magnificent roles as Guiseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, Nabucco, Posain Don Carlos, Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore, Germont and Don Carlo in Ernani, as well as Giacomo Puccini’s Scarpia in Tosca, and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and his portrayal of Wagnerian roles such as Wotan and Alberich in the Ring, shower him with critical acclaim in this repertoire, dubbing him a “magnificent baritone” with a weighty and well-balanced voice, that will bring anyone who hears him to ecstasy,” — as well as ” the new Danish super baritone.” Lars Fosser Has sung under the baton of such renowned conductors as Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Prof. Rolf Reuter (†), Giordano Bellincampi, Thomas Dausgaard a.o. He has also worked with distinguished stage directors like Prof. Götz Friedrich (†), George Tabori(†), Kasper Holten, Francisco Negrin, Katharina Thalbach, and many others.

In 2020 Lars Fosser will make his debut as the Flying Dutchman at the Lüneburg theater and as Jago in Verdi’s “Otello” at the Opera Romana in Craiova as well as singing Escamillo in Bizet’s “Carman” with the same opera company.

In 2019 he sang in the World premier in Niels Martinsens Opera “Lille Soldat” at den Fynske Opera, and the part of Sprecher in Mozarts, “Die Zauberflöte” with Opera på Skäret Opera festival.

Other recent engagements consist of Tonio in Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” with the Copenhagen Opera festival on tour, and the role of Enrico Ashton in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” with the Opera Romana in Craiova.

He has sung in numerous theaters in Germany, Austria, Denmark, France, Spain, and Norway, such as the Royal Danish Opera and the Danish National Opera, Dresden Staatsoperette, National Norwegian Opera, Opera Lyrique des Clermont Ferrand, etc.

Lars Fosser is also a frequent concert artist, thrilling audiences in major venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Danish Radio Symphony Hall, as well as the Tivoli Symphony Hall in Copenhagen, Mercedes Halle in Berlin, and Braunschweig’s grosses Kulturhaus, with such fine orchestras as Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatskapelle Braunschweig, The Copenhagen Phil., Danish National Radio Symfony Orchestra, and many others.

His interpretations of Mephisto in Schumann’s “7 Szenen aus Goethe’s Faust” as well as a soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, were broadcast live on Danish National Radio. He continues to be in demand at regular lieder-abends and oratory concerts.

He is a laureate of several international singing competitions, taking Prizes at the Kammeroper Schloss

Rheinsberg International singing competition and the Center for Contemporary Opera International

Singing Competition and the LYRA international Singing Competition in New York, as well as being the recipient of the Audience Choice Award during his engagement as the leading baritone with the Stadttheater Görlitz, Germany.

2020

Carmen” (Bizet)EscamilloOpera Romana Craiova, Romania (postponed)

Kristus am Ölberge” (Beethoven)PetrusCopenhagen.

Der Fliegende Holländer” (Wagner)HolländerTheater Lüneburg, Germany

Otello” (Verdi)Jago – Opera Romana Craiova, Romania (Postponed)

Requiem” (Mozart)Bass soloist – Benefit for Medecin sans Frontier

2019

Die Zauberflöte” (Mozart) – Sprecher – Opera på Skäret, Sweden

Messias” (Händel)Bass soloist – NB koncertkor

Requiem” (Mozart)Bass soloist – NB Koncertkor

Requiem” (Mozart) Bass soloist – Kosovo Philarmonic Orchestra

Lille Soldat”(Niels Martinsen) – Kristian – Den Fynske Opera, Denmark

Carmina Burana” Baritone soloist – Opera Romana Craiova, Romania

Die Erste Walpurgisnacht” (Mendelssohn) baritone soloist- Sønderborg Symphony Orchestra, Denmark

New Years Concert – Frihavns Kirke Opera Concert” Craiova Philharmonie, Romania

2018

Opera Gala” – Filarmonica Pitesti, Rumania.

Lyra Competition” 3 rd prize winner – Opera America – New York

American Opera Idol” – Finalist – opera Connecticut

Lieutenant Kijé” (Prokofiev) – Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Sweden

Pagliacci” (Leoncavallo) – Tonio – Copenhagen Operafestival on tour, Denmark

The Empire and the Colonies” (Liederabend) – Fynsk Sangselskab, Denmark

The Crucifiction” (John Stainer) – St. Stefan’s Church, Copenhagen, Denmark

Lucia di Lammermoor” (Donizetti) – Enrico Ashton – Opera Romaña Craiova, Rumania

Requiem” (Verdi) – Bass solo – St.Paul’s Church, Copenhagen, Denmark

Requiem” (Mozart) – Bass solo – Marble Church (Fredriks Church), Copenhagen

2017

Verdi Requiem – bass soloist – Church of our Saviour, Copenhagen

Händel Messias -Bass soloist – St Paul’s church, Copenhagen

Der Fliegende Holländer (Wagner) – Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra/State Opera Rigoletto (Verdi) – Opera Nomade – France

Paulus (Mendelssohn-Bartholdy) – Søborg Kammerkor, Copenhagen

Mozart Requiem – Bass Soloist – Marble Church, Copenhagen

Lieutenant Kijé” (Prokofiev) – KUSO (Copenhagen Youth Symphony Orchestra)

Teaching Masterclasses at Jyderup Højskole

2016

The Messiah” (Händel) – Symfonietta Artica, Copenhagen

Verdi Requiem – Bass Soloist – Vor Frelsers Kirke, Copenhagen

«Vier Ernste Gesänge» (Brahms) – Christianskirken, Copenhagen

Teaching Masterclasses at Jyderup Opera Summer course

Bel Canto concerts with Ensemble Chiaroscuro – Lindehøj Church

Beethoven “Christus am Ölberge” – Bass soloist – Christianskirken, Copenhagen

Mozart “Requiem” – Bass soloist – Marble Church, Copenhagen

Selsø Sommerkoncerter – Operaconcerts – Selsø Chuch/ Marienlyst Castle

2015

Teaching at the Jydrup Højskole opera sommerkursus

Rigoletto” (Verdi) – Rigoletto – Opera Nomade, France

Jenufa”(Janacek)-Starek- Danish National Opera summer festival production.

Messias – Christianskirken – Copenhagen

2014

Le Nozze di Figaro” (Mozart) – Conte d’Almaviva-Opera2001, France/Spain

Rigoletto” (Verdi) – Rigoletto – Opera Nomade, France

Teaching Masterclass in Ottawa, Canada – Festival of Inspiration

2013

The Cunning little Vixen” (Janacek) – Forester- Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen

La Traviata” (Verdi) – Germont – Øresundsoperaen.

Rachmaninow lieder abend – Copenhagen

Ring des Nibelungen” (Wagner) – Alberich (Das Rheingold, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung) & Wotan (Die Walküre) – Copenhagen

Messias – Christianskirken – Copenhagen

2012

Bluebeards Castle” (Bartok) – Bluebeard – Christianskirken, Copenhagen

Orpheus68” (Paul Schwartz) – Operaen i Midten/Fynske Opera

Opera-Koncerter with Norske Rikskonserter.

Liederabend – Århus (September)  Messias – Christianskirken , Copenhagen 2011

Rigoletto”(Verdi) – Aalborg Operafestival

Carmina Burana – Carl Orff – Wien, Austria COSA

Liederabend – Mödling –Austria

Turandot” (Puccini) – Mandarin – Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen

Opera på Engen”- Odense Symphony Orchestra.

Il Trovatore” (Verdi) – Conte di Luna – Danish National Opera

Kristian Benedikt-Gala, National Lithuanian Opera, Vilnius.

Händels Messias – Aarhus Symphony Orchestra Händel Messias – Kristianskirken, Copenhagen

2010

Danish Radio Symfoniorkesteret – “7 Scener fra Goethes Faust” – Robert Schumann – Copenhagen (Live on DR)

Liederabend at Societas Pro Musica, Aarhus

Don Giovanni”- Leporello – Steyr festival – Austria

Gala concert/Tosca- Fredrikstad International Opera festival, Norway

Händel: Messiah – Copenhagen “Robert & Clara” – Fredrik Österling – Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra –

Sweden 2009

Rigoletto in “Rigoletto”-Verdi – Tour of Spain and France.

The Bad Guy” –released on 1. December.

Händel: Messiah – Copenhagen

2008

Beethoven 9th symf. (Live on DR) – Odense Symphony Orchestra

CCO Recital concert -Carnegie hall , New York,<USA

CD live rcordings and concerts: “the Bad Guy” , Italian Arias. – Ruse Symphony Orch.- Bulgaria

Don Carlo in “Ernani” (Concert)– – Verdi – The Danish Bel Canto Society

Händel – “Messiah” – Copenhagen

2007

Danish national Opera: “Rigoletto” – Rigoletto

Händel – Messiah – Copenhagen

2006

“Eugen Onegin” – Eugen Onegin – Landestheater Mecklenburg-Neustrelitz

Händel –Messiah- Copenhagen

2000-2005

Permanent part of ensemble , Stadttheater Görlitz:

“Tosca”-Scarpia

” Rigoletto ” – Rigoletto

“Madame Butterfly” – Sharpless

“Les Contes des Hoffman” – 4 Villains

“L’elisir d’amore”- Belcore

“Nabucco”-Nabucco

“Les Pescheur des Perles” – Zurga

“The Bear” – Smirnow

“Die Zauberflöte” – Sprecher a.o.

Guestings in the same period:

Städtebundtheater Hof:

“Don Carlo” -Rodrigo di Posa

“Margarethe”(Faust) – Valentin

Stadttheater Brandenburg:

“Tosca” – Scarpia

Stadtheater Bremerhafen, Staatsoperette Dresden:

“Les Contes des Hoffmann” – 4 Villains

Norwegian National Opera (in coop with the city of Halden):

“Aurora” – Karl XII

2000 “The Rape of Lucrezia” – Tarquinius – Det Royal Danish Opera Academy (guest)

1999

“Carmen” – Escamillo- Danish National Opera

“Kronprinz Friedrich” – Kong Friedrich Wilhelm I- Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg.

1997

Danish debut: “Don Giovanni” – Don Giovanni – Det Unge Operakompagni – Copenhagen

International Debut: “Don Giovanni im E-Werk” – Don Giovanni – Berlin

TRAINING

1991-1994 National Norwegian operatic College , Oslo, Norway (1998-1999)  Bel Canto School of Opera,

Firenze, Italy Private studies with prof André Orlowitz (1995-1997), and Kammersänger George Fortune (2001-2005). Coaching with Prof. Niels Muus, Maestro Daniel Lipton and Sherrill Milnes (2007- ), Prof Andre Orlowitz (2017-)

Repertoire- Lars Fosser – Bass-Baritone

Composer Opera Role

R. Wagner Die Walküre Wotan

Das Rheingold, Siegfried,Götterdämmerung Alberich

Der Fliegende Holländer Der Holländer

G. Verdi Nabucco Nabucco

Rigoletto Rigoletto

Don Carlos Roderigo di Posa

Il Trovatore Conte di Luna

Ernani Don Carlo

La Traviata Germont

Otello Jago

G. Puccini Tosca Scarpia

Madama Butterfly Sharpless

R.Leoncavallo

Turandot

Pagliacci

Mandarin

Tonio

W.A.Mozart Don Giovanni Don Giovanni/Leporello

Die Zauberflöte Sprecher, 2. Geharnischter, Papageno

Le Nozze di Figaro Conte d’Almaviva

G. Donizetti L’elisir d’Amore Belcore

Maria di Rohan

Lucia di Lammermoor

Marquis de Chevreuse

Enrico Ashton

G. Bizet Carmen Escamillo

Les Pescheurs des Perles Zurga

Bartok Bluebeards Castle Bluebeard

Janacek the Cunning Little Forester

Vixen

J. Offenbach Les Contes d’Hoffmann Lindorff/ Coppelius/Dr.Mirakel/Dapertutto

P. Tchaikowski Eugen Onegin Eugen Onegin

C. Gounod Faust (Margarethe) Valentin

F. Poulenc Les Dialogue

Des Carmelites Marquis de la Force

*W. Walton the Bear Smirnow

B. Britten the Rape of Lucrezia Tarquinius

I. Strawinsky the Rakes Progress Nick Shadow

S. Matthus Kronprinz Friedrich Friedrich Wilhelm II

J. Müller-Wieland NathansTod Patriarch

T.Madsen Aurora Karl XII

P. Schwarz

N. Martinsen

(* old baritonerepertoire)

Oratories & Orchestra works

Orpheus68 Thomas Prokop

Lille Soldat Kristian

Beethoven Missa Solemnis, 9 th Symphony & Christus am Ölberg

Händel Messias

Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

Mozart Requiem & Krönungsmesse

Verdi Requiem

Fauré Requiem

Orrf Carmina Burana

Schumann 7 Szenen aus Goethes Faust (Mephisto/Böser Geist)

S. Matthus Dithyrambos für Orchester und Bariton

Mendelsohn Elias, Paulus, Die Erste Walpurgisnacht

Söderling Robert&Clara

Nielsen Sprigtime in Fynen (Fynsk forår)

Prokofiev Lieutenant Kijé

Lieder & Songcycles

Aaron Copland Old American Songs (orchestral songs)

Vaugh-Williams Songs of Travel

Brahms 4 Ernste Gesänge

Ravel Don Quichotte a Dulcinée

Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & Des Knabend Wunderhorn

Schumann Harfner lieder aus Goethes “Wilhelm Meister Lehrjahre”

Wolff Harfner lieder aus Goethes “Wilhelm Meister Lehrjahre”

Assorted songs by Rachmaninov,Schumann, Schubert, Reichardt, Faurè, Brahms , Tosti , Wolff a.o.

DISCOGRAFIA

Fredrik Ö sterling: Narcissus ” – Österling / Helsingborg Symf. Orch / Borregaard Label: Db Productions

Catalog #: 134

The Bad Guy“ – Aria cd with an all Italian Romantique repertoire consisting solely of villains and antiheroes. – Label

Classico 2009

Stig Fogh Andersen (tenor) – Wagner Live from Ruse – ClassicO 2009

Elias” – Mendelsohn-Bartholdy – Kongsberg Kantori & Oslo Symphony Orchestra – 1998 –KKCD 1-98

Messias” – Händel – Symfonietta Arctica – 2013 – ClassicO 2013

AWARDS

1 st Prize –Kammeroper Schloß Rheinsberg international singing competition (1999/2000)

2 nd prizeCCO international singing competition, New York, 2006.

3 rd prizeLYRA International Singing Competition, New York 2018

3 rd prize – Concorso lirico –strumentale di Citta di Pistoia 1998

Audience favorite award, Görlitz 2002/3

website: www.fosser.eu