Poul Elming in conversation with Christopher Cook

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  • Poul Elming in conversation with Christopher Cook
    18 April 2021 - 18 May 2021
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Poul Elming in conversation with

Christopher Cook

ZOOM WEBINAR: 6.30pm, 18th April 2021

Poul Elming

Poul Elming started his career as a baritone and later made the switch to tenor. His formal education took place at the conservatories in Aalborg and Aarhus, Denmark, and furthermore he studied with Professor Paul Lohmann in Wiesbaden, Professor Oren Brown from The Juilliard School and with Susanna Eken in Copenhagen. He has sung numerous different opera and operetta roles. As a baritone he sang Onegin, Marquis Posa in Don Carlo, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore, Germont Pêre in La Traviata, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Belcore in La Cenerentola, the count in Marriage of Figaro, Silvio in Pagliacci and many many others.

As a tenor he is internationally known primarily as a Wagnerian tenor, having sung Parsifal, Siegmund in Die Walküre, Lohengrin, Loge in Das Rheingold, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer and others. He also is a well-known Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus.  He has sung in basically all of the world´s greatest opera houses: Bayreuther Festspiele, Covent Garden, London, Opera de la Bastille, Paris, Deutsche Oper and Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Lyric Opera, Chicago, San Francisco Opera and many others.

Throughout his career he kept singing art songs and giving recitals. He has released for instance a CD with texts by Hans Christian Andersen and music by several composers and a CD with texts by Christian Morgenstern and music by Paul Graener, songs that had never before been recorded.

He has made numerous recordings of Danish orchestra and opera repertoire as well as operas by Wagner, such as Kupfer/Barenboim “Die Walküre” from Bayreuther Festspiele (also DVD), Wolfgang Wagner/Sinopoli “Parsifal” from Bayreuther Festspiele (also DVD), Kupfer/Barenboim “Parsifal” from Staatsoper, Berlin (also DVD), von Dohnányi/The Cleveland Orchestra “Die Walküre” and “Poul Elming Wagner Gala” with Wolf-Dieter Hauschild and Odense Symphony Orchestra (various Wagner Highlights)

Poul Elming has been giving master classes in the Danish Song Society – where he is also a board member, and in Nanjing and Suzhou in China as well as coaching private students.

In 2007 he decided to put his singing career on hold and took over the position as orchestra intendant of Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, a position he kept for four years. In that period he initiated the building of the city´s great new concert hall and he founded The Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition (LMISC) which takes place every 3rd year. He now serves as senior consultant and member of the jury.

Since 2016 he has been hosting the so called Wednesday Concerts with students from The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where the most advanced student from the academy perform chamber music of all different kinds and from all different periods in various venues around Copenhagen

He holds several positions as board member of different Danish music societies and  institutions.

The Queen of Denmark has appointed Poul Elming Knight of the 1st degree of the Danish Flag.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook began his career in television, producing for BBC 2 and Channel 4. He broadcasts regularly on BBC Radios 3, 4, and 5. He is a regular contributor to BBC Music Magazine and has written for Gramophone and International Record Review.  He teaches for the University of Syracuse on their London Programme and for the British American Drama Academy, and was a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts, London. He has chaired pre-concert events for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Study Days at Glyndebourne and at the Royal Opera House, where he also interviews for their ‘In Conversation with …‘ programmes. He has chaired English National Opera’s pre-opera series for eight years. Christopher was the Director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in 2004 and Chair of the Cheltenham International Music Festival until 2013.


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