Jens Larsen

Soloist - Bass
© Jan Windszus Photography
© Jan Windszus Photography
Being the son of a salesman, he first of all
studied something solid: law!
In the Ensemble of the Komische Oper since 2001.
Named a Berlin Kammersänger in 2013.

ORIGINALLY FROM
Hamburg

STUDIES
Musikhochschule Hamburg (bei William Workman), Musikhochschule Köln (bei Kurt Moll)

MASTERCLASSES WITH
Josef Greindl, Yevgeny Nesterenko

IMPORTANT CONDUCTORS
Klaus Weise, Kirill Petrenko, Catherine Larsen-Maguire

IMPORTANT DIRECTORS
Christoph Marthaler, Nigel Lowery, Herbert Wernicke, Werner Schroeter, Peter Konwitschny, Calixto Bieito, Barrie Kosky, Hans Neuenfels, Andreas Homoki

IMPORTANT PREVIOUS POSITIONS
Staatstheater Darmstadt, Theater Basel

IMPORTANT PARTS AT THE KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN
Leporello (Don Giovanni), Veit Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Tscherewik (Der Jahrmarkt von Sorotschinzi), Seneca (Die Krönung der Poppea), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Totenrichter (Die Verurteilung des Lukullus), Graf von Gloster (Lear), Don Pasquale, Der Förster (Das schlaue Füchslein), Kaspar (Der Freischütz), Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau (Der Rosenkavalier)

ELSEWHERE
Doktor (Wozzeck) bei den Salzburger Festspielen 2017, Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Rocco (Fidelio), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), König Heinrich (Lohengrin), König Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Dreieinigkeitsmoses (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny), Lindorf/Coppélius, Dr. Mirakel (Les Contes d’Hoffmann)

EXCURSIONS
Opernhaus Zürich, Salzburger Festspiele, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Helikon-Oper Moskau, Staatsoper Wien und nach Chile

THIS SEASON AT THE KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN
Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau (Der Rosenkavalier), Der König (Die Liebe zu drei Orangen), Lazar Wolf (Anatevka); Tscherewik, ein Bauer (Der Jahrmarkt von Sorotschinzi); Alfred Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Sarastro/Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte)
Sometimes it’s things that seem incidental that have a huge impact on the rest of your life. Participating in a school production of the musical Käpt’n Bay Bay (penned by Norbert Schulze, the composer of Lili Marleen) was – in hindsight – the catalyst that launched Jens Larsen on his path to the opera stage. But it took some time before before Larsen realised this himself. Being the son of a salesman, he first of all studied something solid: law! »I actually really enjoyed it«, he confesses. But eventually, my decision to study singing became clear. 
 
His entrance exam for the music school in his home town of Hamburg was an instant success. After a few years, he switched to the music school in Cologne, where he was taught by no less than the famous bass singer Kurt Moll, »an amazing singer and person in every respect, from whom I learnt an incredible amount – and not just about singing.« His first engagements took him to the Staatstheater Darmstadt, and 16 months later, to Theater Basel. A few years later, the new production of Der Rosenkavalier in Basel introduced him to Andreas Homoki, who brought him over to the Komische Oper Berlin. »It was time to leave Basel. It just fit well.«
 
In his free time, Jens Larsen openly admits that he often likes to lie around in bed and watch TV! That or playing with the three family cats, which have the beautiful names of Lily, Molly and Ginny. »Originally they were called Harry, Ron and Neville«, Larsen says with a laugh. »But then we discovered they were females, and we had to quickly rename them! All the names come from Harry Potter.«
 
He is proud that he has a good relationship with both his children from his first marriage, who are now studying in Dessau and Amsterdam. They think it’s cool that Dad is up there on the stage.

His performances ...

Sat08.06.18:00Der Rosenkavalier
Mon10.06.18:00Der Rosenkavalier
Tue18.06.18:00Der Rosenkavalier
Sun23.06.16:00Der Rosenkavalier
Sun13.10.18:00The Bassarids
Thu17.10.19:00The Bassarids
Sun20.10.18:00The Bassarids
Sat02.11.19:00The Bassarids
Tue05.11.19:00The Bassarids
Sun10.11.18:00The Bassarids
Sat23.11.19:30The Magic Flute
Wen11.12.19:30The Magic Flute
Thu09.01.19:30The Magic Flute
Sat18.01.19:30The Magic Flute
Sun09.02.18:00The Magic Flute
Sat15.02.19:30The Magic Flute
Mon17.02.11:00The Magic Flute
Sun29.03.18:00Schwanda the Bagpiper
Sat04.04.19:30Schwanda the Bagpiper
Sun12.04.19:00Schwanda the Bagpiper
Fri17.04.19:30Schwanda the Bagpiper
Wen22.04.19:30Schwanda the Bagpiper
Fri01.05.19:00Schwanda the Bagpiper
Fri08.05.19:30Schwanda the Bagpiper
Sun14.06.18:00The Rake’s Progress
Thu18.06.19:30The Rake’s Progress
Sun21.06.19:00The Rake’s Progress
Fri26.06.19:00The Bassarids
Sat27.06.19:30The Rake’s Progress
Sun28.06.19:00Schwanda the Bagpiper
Thu02.07.19:30The Rake’s Progress