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Inger Dam-Jensen


"Inger Dam-Jensen gave a brilliant theatrical display as Cleopatra.  Here is a soprano who has everything – great looks, a sparkling voice that never loses its quality, glittering allure and intensity."         -Richard Fairman, Financial Times

An outstanding performer on the concert platform, Inger Dam-Jensen has made a number of concert debuts to remarkable critical acclaim. These include Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis;Les illuminations with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Bernard Haitink; Mahler's Second Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi; Mahler's Fourth Symphony with the Orchestra of the Bastille under James Conlon, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Edo de Waart and with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaard; Strauss' Brentano Lieder with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Jesus Lopez-Cobos; the Final Scene from Strauss' Daphne and Vier Letzte Lieder with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy; and Berio's Folksongs with Tonkünstler Orchester under Ernesto Martinez-Isquierdo.

Inger Dam-Jensen's operatic roles include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) for Opéra de Paris, Despina (Così fan tutte), Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Lisa (La sonnambula) for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Sifare (Mitridate) for Geneva Opera. At home in Denmark with Royal Danish Opera roles include Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Zdenka (Arabella), Ophelia (Hamlet), Norina (Don Pasquale), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Musetta (La bohème); Gilda (Rigoletto) and Violetta (La traviata).

In recital Inger Dam-Jensen has appeared at the Cologne Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, in the BBC Proms Chamber Series and on Radio France. Her discography includes Peer Gynt for Teldec; Solomon under Paul McCreesh for Deutsche Grammophon, Ein deutsches Requiem for Chandos and a selection of Carl Neilsen's songs for Dacappo.

Highlights this season include Berg's Seven Early Songs with Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege, and Mahler's Second Symphony with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. At Royal Danish Opera she performs the role of  Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and makes her role début as Lucia di Lammermoor.

Winner of the coveted Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 1993, Inger Dam-Jensen began her formal music education at the Royal Danish Academy of Music before moving to the Danish Opera School in 1990 to study with Professor Kirsten Buhl Møller. 

Last updated: February 27, 2007

Inger Dam-Jensen