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Elsberg, Nicolai - Bass

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Elsberg, NicolaiBass
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Elsberg, NicolaiBass

Biography

Danish bass Nicolai Elsberg holds a Bachelor in jazz and pop music from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen (2014). Back then, he was a part of the critically acclaimed band Spillemændene and collaborated with the world’s famous Indie group Efterklang
 
Since 2016, he has been studying classical singing at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Susanna Eken as main teacher, where he began his Master studies in the summer of 2019. He will do his final exam from the conservatory already this summer, one year prior to planned, and instead join the soloist ensemble at the Royal Danish Opera.
 
In the summer of 2019, Elsberg was invited for the Vocal Residency at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence led by Edith Wiens. In August 2019, Elsberg was singing the role of Commendatore in a new interpretation of Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Copenhagen Opera Festival, where he is also singing Colline in Puccini's La Bohème this November and December. Elsberg will have his debut at The Royal Danish Theater as Plutone in Monteverdi's opera L'Orfeo in March 2020 under conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Concerto Copenhagen. 
 
In the season of 2020/2021 Elsberg has his role debut as Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Danish Opera. He will also will be singing Vægter in Carl Nielsen’s opera Maskarade and L'Imperial Commissario in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Furthermore he will be soloist in a new multi-media production with music of J. S. Bach, called Light - Bach Dances. This production is co-created Hofesch Shechter, John Fulljames and Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
 
Elsberg has this spring (2020) received three talent prizes from his home country: The Copenhagen Opera Festival Talent prize, The Léonie Sonning talent prize and The Queen Ingrid Honorary Grant.
 
Elsberg‘s rich sonorous voice has also caught the attention of contemporary composers such as Karsten Fundal and Rasmus Zwicki, who has written an opera and an oratorio specifically for Elsberg’s rare Lyricher/Dramaticher Seriöser Bass.