David Danholt


David Danholt

International Wagner Competition / Seattle Opera

“Danholt had a richness to his sound and commanding low notes as well as the ability to convey feelings, which clearly won over the judges.”



“I was very impressed with the beauty of Danholt’s voice as he sang “Nur eine Waffe taugt” from “Parsifal” and the Prize Song from “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.”

Northwest Reverb


“…a Danish tenor of beautiful tone and elegant phrasing.”

Seattle Times


Beethoven: Leonore / Buxton Festival Opera

“…with young David Danholt making an extremely good impression as Florestan.”

The Arts Desk


“David Danholt had all too little to sing, but gave a pellucid Florestan with a light cream tone and a clear sense of line. “



“David Danholt’s Florestan is bold and bracing.”

The Guardian


“”David Danholt’s was a firm Florestan…”


“The singing was overall excellent. Scott Wilde's assured Rocco, Kristy Swift's bright Marzelline and David Danholt's anguished Florestan particularly stood out.”

Opera Journal


“Danholt was an ideal Florestan…”

Planet Hugill


“David Danholt fielded a strong lyric tenor tone with a touch of baritonal hue that was up to the vocal demands of his opening lines and the dramatic remainder of act three.”

Seen and Heard International


“David Danholt brings intensity to Florestan’s music…”

The Sunday Times


Tobias: Tobias and the Angel / Munich Radio Orchestra

"In the title role, the Danish tenor David Danholt captivates with his strong shining voice."

Der neue Merker


The Prince: Rusalka / Arizona Opera

“…the singing in this production is great, with opening-night leads Sara Gartland and David Danholt delivering ravishingly nuanced arias. Their tragic finale is sung to melancholy perfection.”

Arizona Republic


Faust / Den Jyske Opera

“In the title role David Danolt performs splendidly. He has a pleasant bright and clear tenor voice and acts with great intensity.”



Don Ottavio: Don Giovanni / Den Jyske Opera

“David Danholt’s voice is strong and juicy…”



“High praise for David Danholt’s splendid singing in two of Mozart’s finest and best known arias.”



“David Danholt’s ever growing voice sings a Don Ottavio so sensitive and expressive that the role becomes one of the most important in the opera.”



“The always excellent David Danholt turns the usually pale Don Ottavio into a moving, heroic character.”



Idomeneo / Grange Park Opera

"…David Danholt copes convincingly with the grand demands of the title role."

The Daily Telegraph


“…the sheer beauty and power of his tone delineate a flawed grandeur.”

The Guardian


“David Danholt supplies a powerful portrait of the Cretan King, Idomeneo…”

Oxford Times


“Danholt's performance was riveting, he never, ever relaxed; this Idomeneo was the coiled spring at the heart of the drama.”

Planet Hugill


Tamino: Die Zauberflöte / Den Jyske Opera

“David Danholt delivers your money’s worth with his powerful tenor and convincing portrait of the brave young prince.”



“…David Danholt just gets better and better, with his beautifully ringing and even tenor.”

Fyens Stiftstidende


“David Danholt’s accomplished Mozart singing was enjoyable from the first moment.”

Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten


“David Danholt, who has just received the Music Critics Circle’s Artist’s Prize, is a superb Tamino. His German is flawless and clear…his well-grounded tenor is right on the mark as the prince.”



Nielsen: Hymnus Amoris / BBC Proms

“…with two perfect singers – soprano Anna Lucia Richter and tenor David Danholt.”

The Arts Desk


Arindal: Die Feen / Chelsea Opera Group

“…the likeable tenor hero David Danholt. This is a gleaming, youthful voice…”

The Arts Desk


“…David Danholt offered a tenor of impressive heft and no little tenderness.”



“…David Danholt veered convincingly between fearlessness and helplessness as Arindal…”

Classical Source


“David Danholt was a tirelessly eloquent Arindal…”

The Guardian


“David Danholt did miracles with the near-unsingable role of Ada’s human husband.”



“…standout performances came from Elizabeth Meister as Arindal’s sister…and David Danholt as Arindal whose rounded tenor voice possessed a brilliantly striking edge.”

Music OMH


“David Danholt, a rising ‘young-hero- tenor’ from Denmark was a sturdy Arindal…”



“…his tenor has a pleasing ringing quality well suited to Wagner’s music.”

Opera Britannia


“…with Danish tenor David Danholt singing strongly in the role of Arindal…”

Word Press


Arindal: Die Feen / Oper Leipzig

“David Danholt showed he now has this treacherous role – more thankless even than Strauss’ Emperor – under his control.”



Erik: Der fliegende Holländer / Florentine Opera Company

“Tenor David Danholt sang the role of Erik, Senta’s suitor, with a disarming mix of vocal power and apparent ease.”

Journal Sentinel


Erik: Der fliegende Holländer / Seattle Opera

“Erik, sung by David Danholt had a forceful voice and his final declaration of love for Senta was sung with supreme earnestness.”

National Business Review


“Winner of the 2014 Seattle Opera International Wagner Competition, David Danholt confirmed with this performance the smoothness and elegance of his singing, crowned with full, powerful high notes.”



“David Danholt’s Erik was sympathetic and well sung…”

Opera News


“David Danholt (one of the winners of Seattle Opera’s 2014 International Wagner Competition) sang with artful clarity as the ill-fated Erik.”

Seattle Times


Claudio: Das Liebesverbot / Oper Leipzig at the Oberfrankenhalle Bayreuth

“…the convincing Claudio of tenor David Danholt.”



“David Danholt makes light of the role of Claudio, condemned to death for the seduction of his beloved, and masters the dramatic outbursts without stress, clearly audible even in the ensembles.”

Neue Musikzeitung


Young Seaman & Shepherd: Tristan und Isolde / Den Jyske Opera

“Unqualified praise to lyric tenor David Danholt for his singing as Sailor and Shepherd.”



“It is very rare to hear the roles of Sailor and Shepherd sung as well as they were by David Danholt.”



“As Sailor and Shepherd, David Danholt completes an impressive team of singers.”

Kristeligt Dagblad


“As for the tenor David Danholt, his singing of his two roles was lyric Wagner singing of a world class level.”



Walter: The Passenger / Florida Grand Opera

“The cast was at the highest level, with faultless work from David Danholt…”

Opera News


"As Walter, the tenor David Danholt was very much the suave, silver-haired diplomat, whose outward confidence concealed a weak and shallow nature."

South Florida Classical Review


Walter: The Passenger / Michigan Opera Theatre

“Danholt’s Walter brimmed with compact, fiery strength…”

Opera News

David Danholt in Wagner: Parsifal - Nur eine Waffe taugt