Peter Lodahl Resigns from Copenhagen Phil

By Francisco Salazar

Peter Lodahl has announced his resignation as Music Director of the Copenhagen Phil.

In a statement, the orchestra said, “Lodahl has unfortunately chosen to resign from his position with the orchestra to focus on his own singing career instead.”

During his tenure, the conductor broke all previous audience records and established itself as the Northern leading innovative orchestra.

In a statement, Lodahl said, ‘I miss having more time to be a performing artist myself. As a singer, I am facing particularly exciting new challenges in entering more dramatic vocal repertoire than the lyrical roles I have been singing for years, especially in German opera houses. If everything goes well, I can look forward to perhaps the best decade as a singer in my career. But if I am to pursue the opportunity to sing roles like Bacchus and Cavaradossi, it will not be in five or ten years. It is now. I am proud of my efforts at Copenhagen Phil and proud to be able to deliver a symphony orchestra in artistic top form after a comprehensive turnaround process.”

Lodahl is a tenor who studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus and at the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen. He has performed a wide repertoire that includes roles by Donizetti, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, and Handel. He has sung at the Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm, Berlin State Opera, Hamburg’s State Opera, Den Norske Opera in Oslo, and Göteborg Opera.