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Jakob Vad

Jakob Vad began his singing studies at The Royal Conservatory in Copenhagen in 2006. After completing his bachelor, he was admitted to the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen, where he studied from 2009 to 2012. In 2014 he took further studies in Spain at Madrid Opera Studio with Maestro Theodore Coresi as main teacher.


Already in his early years while studying at the Royal Danish Music Academy, Jakob Vad came to be in increasing demand as both concert singer and opera soloist, and he made his debut at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, aged 24, in the role Lakaj in Ariadne auf Naxos in 2009. 


Jakob Vad has performed opera roles in theatres home and abroad, including Papageno in Zauberflöte at Cuenca Opera in Spain, Albert in Werther in Russia at Irkutsk Opera Festival, Bretigny in Manon  and Mephistopheles in Faust at Copenhagen Opera Festival, Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea at Funens Opera, Figaro in Nozze di Figaro and Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte at Hamburger Kammeroper, Germany, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Gregorio in Romeo and Juliette and several other roles at The Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.


He has sung the bass parts in many of the famous sacred works including Mozart's Requiem, Händel's Messiah and Bach St. John Passion and Christmas Oratorio in collaboration with numerous of the most important orchestras and conductors in Denmark and Scandinavia. Amongst them the Danish Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Copenhagen Phil., Odense Symphonic Orchestra and Trinitatis Orchestra, led by conductors such as Frans Rasmussen, Michael Bojesen, Per Enevold, Helmut Rilling and David Björkman.


Although doing the majority of his work within sacred music concerts and opera productions, Jakob has a love for songs and lied-cycles. He has sung Schubert's Winterreise and Myrthen Lieder by Schumann and regularly does concerts with Danish songs by Nielsen and Heise.


Jakob Vad has received several grants and scholarships including the prestigious Richard Wagner Scholarship at the Bayreuth Festival and Van Hauns Prize.  Copenhagen Opera Festival named Jakob Vad the Opera Talent of the Year, 2014. In the season of 2016/2017, Jakob continues to work with Hamburger Kammeroper in Germany – adding to that engagements with Jyske Opera and Teater Hedeland in Denmark.

In his first apperance at the Indian Summer in Levoca Festival, Jakob is accompanied by Elisabeth Nielsen in songs by Sterndale Bennett, Felix Mendelssohn, and Carl Nielsen.