Magnus VIGILIUS  Heldentenor
 
  BIOGRAPHY  

 

Awarded with the renowned Reumert Prize 2018 as best Singer of the Year for his interpretation of SIEGMUND in “Die Walküre” at the Den Ny Opera in Denmark

International guest performances brought the Danish tenor Magnus Vigilius lately to the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli as SIEGMUND in “Die Walküre” and BORIS in “Katja Kabanova, as RADAMES to the Opera House Halle, as STEVA and CAVARADOSSI to the Royal Opera Stockholm, as CAVARADOSSI to the Malmö Opera House, as STEVA to the Opéra de Dijon and Caen and to the Prague National Opera. Here, he also made his successful debut as LOHENGRIN. He also sang SIEGMUND at the Bratislava International Music Festival, at the Opera House Kiel and the Ny Opera. He made his debut as FROH with the Odens Symphony Orchestra.
In 2021 he sang SIEGMUND in „The Ring on one evening“. On the recording of Richard Flurys’ “Die Helle Nacht” with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra he sings the role of the KNIGHT. The CD will be released under the TOCCATA CLASSICS label.

After graduating at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and Drama, he continued his vocal studies with Tonny Landy and Stig Fogh Andersen in Denmark and Professor Douglas Yates (USA).
In May 2014 Magnus wan the 2nd Prize and the Prize of the Orchestra in the Lauritz Melchior Singing Comoetition in Aalborg. In spring 2010 he was awarded with The Funen Opera’s Lars Waage Prize.

In 2007 Magnus became a member of the Funen Opera ensemble, where he portrayed RODOLFO in “La Bohème”, DON JOSE in “Carmen” or PINKERTON in “Madama Butterfly”. He also sang in several world premieres of contemporary Danish operas.

Portrayals as CAVARADOSSI at the Opera in Provinsen , as STEVA both at the Scottish Opera and the Danish National Opera in a Annilese Miskimmon production and as the ANTHICHRIST in “The Scarlet-Colored Beast” at the Rued Langgaard Festival followed. Besides, he sang at the Scottish Opera House in Edinburg and at the Fynsken Opera in Odense.

As a concert singer he already performed with the Royal Danish Orchestra, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and the Randers Chamber Orchestra.

Besides, Magnus could be seen as ERIK at the Opera paa Skäret, returned to the Danish National Opera as PINKERTON and sang BORIS in a Robert Carsen production of “Katja Kabanová. In 2019 he was celebrated here as HARMAKI in “Kleopatra” . Magnus is a regular guest singer at the Janacek Opera in Brno, where he performs CAVARADOSSI, BORIS in “Katja Kabanova” , MICHEL in “Juliette”, just to name a few.

In 2020 and 2021 his debuts as PARSIFAL at the Budapest State Opera, as STOLZING in “Die Meistersinger” at the Prague State Opera, FROH at the Bayreuth Festival and as SIEGMUND at the Helsinki National Opera and at theOpera House Leipzig were cancelled because of the Corona pandemic.

Future engagements include WALTHER VON DER VOGELWEIDE in „Tannhäuser“ at the Bayreuth Festival, SIEGMUND in „Die Walküre“ at the Budapest Wagner Days ,STOLZING in „Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg“ at the Opera House Leipzig, BORIS in a new production of “Katja Kabanova” at the Comic Opera Berlin , MANOLIOS in “Greek Passion” at the Hannover State Opera and the TENOR in Janaceck’s “Diary of one who vanished” at the Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg. His debut as SIEGFRIED is planned for the year 2022.

 

 
 
 
REVIEWS
 
Opernhaus Malmö – Tosca - CAVARADOSSI
“Vigilius has a smooth tenor voice that he can turn up and down in volume as needed.
Standing there in Scarpia's headquarters, quietly dismissive despite the prospect of torture and death, with the malice latent in the orchestral music and the sound of the beloved Tosca singing in the theater nearby, one senses a work of art that can capture the great emotions in many layers.
He is on the verge of entering a new league, the 45-year-old Vigilius, with the calendar filled up with Wagner-roles around Europe, even in Bayreuth this summer. He has traveled around Europe with the role of the loving and idealistic Caravadossi for a few years, and it also fits him perfectly in Malmö. A sharp psychological drawing of a figure in crisis that can otherwise quickly become one-dimensional, and this with an impressive vocal stamina.”
Politiken
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Nationaloper Prag - Lohengrin - LOHENGRIN
Undoubtedly, the real star of the evening was Magnus Vigilius, debuting in the role of the Knight of the Grail Lohengrin, who joins the mortals because of his love for Elsa. The part of Lohengrin is extremely demanding. The major strain for the singer is the 3rd act. I believe Vigilius perfectly suits the role. His voice was unique in every register and never gave the impression of being exhausted. His acting performance was very appealing, impressive and extremely precise. Both phrasing and diction were well thought out…The Libretto of the knight’s greatness was supported by his interpretation and he succeeded in asserting himself in his interactions with Dana Burešová – perfectly demonstrated in the vivid scene in the Bride Room in the 3rd act. Where and when we can see him again as Lohengrin (after the revival in Prague on November 23) is not certain yet. His debut in this very role however makes it clear that this could be an remarkable event.
Klassika Plus
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Den Ny Opera Esbjerg – Das Rheingold - FROH
excellently casted.... above all Magnus Vigilius as Froh, who already could be seen here as Siegmund and was celebrated elsewhere as Lohengrin. In 2020 he will make his debut at the Bayreuth Festival. We are looking forward to further encounters.
Online Merker
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Teatro di San Carlo Napoli – Katja Kabanova - BORIS
As Boris, Magnus Vigilius' tenor matched beautifully Vykopalová’s powerful soprano. A solid singer, he has a sharp, clear full tenor voice, especially in the top notes.
Bachtrack
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Opéra de Dijon – Jenufa - STEWA
Noteworthy was also the beautiful musicality of Magnus Vigilius (Steva) with his floating and differentiated notes.
Concertonet
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Steva, his halfbrother and rival is a spoiled child, loved by everybody, of which he takes great advantage. He is a good-looking young man, a womanizer, mostly drunk, disgusting and fickle. This difficult role is beautifully portrayed by Magnus Vigilius With his sonorous voice, he masters the part with bravura, clearly and perfectly projected.
ClassiqueNews
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Stewa is a bigmouth, a night owl, rich (inhereting a mill of half an hectare), disgusting and a coward, not only in Jenufa’s presence. Rich in vocal color with an enormous verve, one cannot but pity him in his drunkenness, outcast and abandoned, when he sees everything around him breaking down. Magnus Vigilius with his clear voice and marvelous timbre fills the character with power and a extraordinary presence.
ForumOpera
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Both the male interpretors are fantastic : Magnus Vigilius with his vocal brilliance as the inbearable glamour by.
ResMusica
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Odense Symphony Orchestra - Das Rheingold - FROH
Magnus Vigilius sang Froh with a good, clear timbred voice. Vigilius had to portray a total weakling, in which he succeeded perfectly.
Klaus Billand für Der Neue Merker
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Opernhaus Halle – Aida - RADAMES
Magnus Vigilius as Radames with his distinctive tenor voice leads the soloists. Effortlessly, he manages to sing even the long-lasting high tones and intensly performs the phrases onto the end.
Opernwelt 3/ 2018 Nora Sophie Kienast
With a perfect voice Magnus Vigilius fascinates as Radames.
Orpheus 2/2018 Herbert Henning
Tenor Magnus Vigilius convinces:
Of the soloists I especially liked the bright timbred, completely clear-focused and highnote-secure Tenor Magnus Vigilius.
MDR-Kultur - Bettina Volksdorf
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At the helm of the soloist squad: Magnus Vigilus as a steady and highnote-secure beamingman Radamčs.
NMZ - Joachim Lange
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Magnus Vigilius delighted with his flawless voice as Radames.
MusikTheater-Magazin Orpheus - Herbert Henning
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Magnus Vigilius, as Radames, presents himself as a brilliant tenor.
Schwäbische - Christel Voith
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Den Ny Opera – Die Walküre – SIEGMUND
Magnus Vigilius' Siegmund is the vocal highlight of the production. His voluminous sound has effortless superiority and a natural authority, which makes him an obvious candidate for the Wagner-tenor of his generation.
Fyens Stiftstidende - Lene Kryger
The tenor Magnus Vigilius, who has begun to take exciting steps towards the Wagner hero-world, is a strong and youthful Siegmund. Bodily and vocally slim and virile. At the premiere on Friday, Vigilius was generous with of a couple of long 'Wälse cries' when he from his imprisoned despair was forced to call on his wolf father, and later he acknowledged Sieglinde's sister love with an excellent 'Winterstürme'
Politiken - Thomas Michelsen
Siegmund is sung by Magnus Vigilius, a young heldentenor in an enormous development.
Gregers Dirchnick Holmfeldt
Den Jyske Opera - Madama Butterfly - PINKERTON
As the American navy officer Pinkerton, who enriches and later destroys Butterfly's life, Magnus Vigilius delivered a very convincing performance. From the deeply unsympathetic, through the infatuated, to the despicable coward; in all of this developmentments of Pinkerton's character, Magnus Vigilius proved to be both a magnificent tenor and a fine actor. It was both gruesome and good to experience.
Aarhus Stiftstidende - Februar 2016
Magnus Vigilius, known and loved from the Funen Opera, who in 2014 caused a stir winning the second Prize of the Lauritz Melcchior International Singing Competition, has a straight, slender and fabulous tenor-voice. He sings out Pinkerton's high notes with security and beauty. I don't recall any Danish tenor did so before him.
Ars Artis - Februar 2016
The tenderness, which Magnus Vigilius radiates in his voice and movements is deeply touching.
Fyens Stiftsidend - Februar 2016
The bright sounding tenor Magnus Vigilius as Pinkerton is cold as ice and yet ardent in the right moments.
Weekendavisen - Februar 2016
Den Jyske Opera - Jenufa - STEVA
Magnus Vigilius portrayed the role of Steva perfectly right and touching. His intelligent singing technique promises an interesting carreer in a rare "Fach".
jcKlassik - John Christiansen - August 2015
The Danish tenor Magnus Vigilius as the cowardly, drunken Steva is the perfect cast for the role. A promising development in the dramatic direction.
Politiken - Thomas Michelsen - August 2015
 
 
 
ON STAGE
Janáček-Theater Brno – Juliette - MICHEL
Photo: Janáček-Theater Brno
 
National Opera Prague – Lohengrin - LOHENGRIN
 
National Opera Prague – Lohengrin - LOHENGRIN
 
National Opera Prague – Lohengrin - LOHENGRIN
 
Jyske Opera - Kleopatra - HARMAKI
 
Opéra de Dijon – Jenufa - STEWA
(crédit photos Opéra de Dijon © Gilles Abegg)
 
Opéra de Dijon – Jenufa - STEWA
(crédit photos Opéra de Dijon © Gilles Abegg)
 
Opernhaus Halle - Aida - Radames
 
Den Ny Opera – Die Walküre – SIEGMUND
 
Den Ny Opera – Die Walküre – SIEGMUND
 
Den Ny Opera – Die Walküre – SIEGMUND
 
Den Ny Opera – Die Walküre – SIEGMUND
 
Den Ny Opera – Die Walküre – SIEGMUND
 
Nationaloper Brno - Tosca -CAVARADOSSI
 
Opera paa Skäret - Der Fliegende Holländer - ERIK