Stage Director and Producer
Daniel Bohr is the first-born son of the
legendary actor, singer, composer, film and TV producer José Bohr and of his wife Bertita, a professional musician and sociologist.
Daniel was born i Buenos Aires (Argentina) and spent his childhood and younger years in Chile, where he completed
his education, studying languages, music and architecture. He speaks perfect spanish, english, italian, french, danish and norwegian, and manages in german and portuguese.
has had a remarcable 50 year long artistic career as a stage director and producer, and he has lived and worked in many different countries (Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Spain, France, Holland, Italy, USA, Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway...) with
activities ranging from straight theatre and drama, to opera, operetta, musicals, experimental scenic events, festivals, ballet, street-theatre, film, TV, radio, cultural exchange, lectures, exhibitions, coaching, teaching and training.
His latest production has been the world-premiere of the new nordic opera IS-SLOTTET by Magnar Åm, based on the book by Tarjei Vesaas, for Den Ny Opera and Musikteater Saum. The opera opened at Musikhuset Esbjerg (Denmark), is currently touring
in Norway, and will be performed at The Royal Opera in Copenhagen (Takkelloftet).
Daniel is now working on the pre-production of ”OTHER BUILDINGS”, a new opera by Andy Pape to a libretto by Rasmus Zwicky, for Den Fynske
Opera in Odense (Denmark).
Daniel has just celebrated his 50th aniversary as a stage director with a totally new production of Andrew Llloyd Weber’s EVITA at Det Ny Teater i Copenhagen.
Daniel Bohr started his theatrical activities in Chile in the 1960’s, being the first to introduce authors like Eugene Ionesco, Harold Pinter and Samuel Becket in South America, also becoming
one of the pioneers of chilean TV, creating and producing programmes for Channel 13 in Santiago.
Daniel moved to Spain with his family in 1964, and thus began a stay in Europe which has now lasted for more than 50 years.
In Madrid he founded and directed El Nuevo Teatro Experimental, introducing authors like Eugene Ionesco, Harold Pinter, Silvio Giovaninetti, Jean Tardieu, Jean-Clarence Lambert, René de Obaldia, Rubén Dario, Pablo Picasso and many
others for the spanish audiences, as well as directing plays by Calderón, Racine, Corneille, Lope de Vega, Gogol and Ostrowsky.
Daniel Bohr was awarded the Prize to the Best Director at
the Festival Internacional de Teatro de Barcelona in 1967, and the prestigious Theatre Prize “Yorick" the year after.
He was acclaimed by the spanish critics for his theatre productions (Harold Pinter’s THE DUMB WAITER and
THE LOVER, Gogol’s DIARY OF A MADMAN, Philippe Adrien’s LA BAYE…) and for his work for Television.
Daniel was appointed director of the Compañía Nacional Moratín, and directed among others, Brendan
Beehan’s THE HOSTAGE, Calderón de la Barca’s EL CASTIGO SIN VENGANZA, and Valle Inclán’s CARA DE PLATA.
He also directed the Compañía Tirso de Molina with productions of Calderón de la Barca’s
LA VIDA ES SUEÑO and Miguel Mihura´s TRES SOMBREROS DE COPA, among other titles. In the late 1960’s, Daniel directed Zarzuelas on tour all over Spain as well as introducing American musicals to the Spanish audiences.
Daniel also directed
a series of short films and he produced programmes for Radio Nacional de España and TVE, also being in charge for national tours over all of Spain with his theatrical productions.
Bohr established himself in Denmark in 1972, and his work during these past years includes dramas, comedies, classic tragedies, operas, operettas, musicals, productions for Radio and TV, as well as experimental theatre.
He was a resident director at The Royal Theatre in Copenhague, The Artistic Director of Den Jyske Opera (National Danish Opera), the General Manager and Artistic Director of the Aalborg Theater, and he has directed productions for almost
every theatre in the country.
Some of his most interesting productions have been the operas "FAUST" by Gounod, "LA TRAVIATA " by Verdi,"CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA" by Mascagni, "PAGLIACCI" by Leoncavallo, "LE NOZZE
DI FIGARO" by Mozart, "THE HOLY COMMUNION” by Arrabal/Werner, “EIGHT SONGS FOR A MAD KING” by Maxwell Davies, "BLUE BEARD’S CASTLE" by Bartok, ”A FLORENTINE TRAGEDY” by Zemlinsky, ”THE
GIPSY BARON” and ”A NIGHT IN VENICE” by Strauss, ”THE MERRY WIDOW” by Lehar and eight different versions of Mozart’s "COSI FAN TUTTE", as well as the musicals “THE REBELLION OF WOMEN”, based on “Lysistrata”
by Aristofanes, ”YOU ARE A GOOD MAND, CHARLIE BROWN” and ”ANYTHING GOES” by Cole Porter, and Pablo Picasso’s play ”THE FOUR LITLE GIRLS”.
Daniel has world-premiered a number of modern operas
and dramas, especially works by Ib Nørholm, S. E. Werner, Bent Lorentzen, Kurt Weill, Poul Rossing OIsen and Andy Pape, and he has directed Poulenc’s ”LA VOIX HUMAINE”, both for the stage and for TV.
In 1985 Daniel Bohr was appointed Managing Artistic Director of The Bergen International Festival in Norway. Here he worked with some of the major figures in the international music of our time: Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Birgit Nilsson,
Teresa Berganza, Sherrill Milnes, Christa Ludwig, Gundula Janowitz, Katia Riciarelli, Simon Estes, Aldo Ceccato, Miriam Makeba, Lucia Popp, Alicia de la Rocha, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Sixten Ehrling, Leif Ove Andsnæs and Paavo
Berglund, among many others.
The activities of Daniel Bohr in Europa, appart from his long lasting relationship with The Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, include
productions for L’ Ópera de Marseille ("DER ROSENKAVALIER" by R. Strauss), for Sadler's Wells in London the ("THE GARDEN WALL" by Ib Nørholm/Poul Borum), for Le Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris ("BRIS/COLLAGE/K"
by J. C. Lambert), for the Opera in Gothenburg ("WERTHER" by Massenet), for the Grieghallen in Bergen ("DON CARLOS", "IL TROVATORE", “LA TRAVIATA”, ”UN BALLO IN MASCHERA” and "AIDA" by Verdi, as well as "EUGENE
ONEGUIN" by Tchaikowsky), for the Norske Teater in Oslo (the musicals "THE WIZARD OF OZ" and “MUSICAL MUSIKAL”, and the drama "MASTER CLASS" by Terrence McNally), for The National Opera in Warsaw ("RIGOLETTO"
by Verdi and the New Year’s Galla 1995), for Vest Norges Opera (“LA CENERENTOLA” and “IL BARBIERE DI SEVIGLIA” by Rossini , ”SUOR ANGELICA” by Puccini and “COSI FAN TUTTE” by Mozart),
the opera-musical “SOME SUNNY NIGHT” by Thomas Stanghelle in Oslo, at the Sorg Opera in Ohio and at The Great Hall of the People in Beijing, as well as at theTheatre du Residence Palace in Brussels, for Bryggeteatret in Oslo
”ANNIE” by Strouse/Meehan, and ”GODSPELL”, for Chateau Neuf in Oslo (”THE SOUND OF MUSIC” by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lionel Bart’s ”OLIVER!”, and Charles Strouse’s ”ANNIE WARBUCKS”),
at the Festival de Opera en el Convento, La Palma (Puccini’s ”MADAMA BUTTERFLY”), as well as lectures and Master Classes in Sweden, Norway, Holland, Spain, France, Italy, the USA and Latin America.
has directed productions for Den Ny Opera in Esbjerg ( Strauss’ ”DIE FLEDERMAUS”, Britten’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW”, and ”Magnar Åm’s ”THE ICE CASTLE”) and for Den Fynske Opera in Esbjerg (”THE
FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER” by Phillip Glass, ”ELEVEN MINUTES”, an opera-musical based on Paulo Cohelo’s novel, as well as Astor Piazolla’s ”MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES” in co-production with Operaen i Midten), and
he has world-premiered many new danish musicals (”EGTVED PIGEN”, ”JULIUS”, ”DEN BLÅ KARRUSEL”, ”PETER SABROE” and ”FREGATTEN JYLLAND”) with Dansk Musikteater.
of Britten’s ”THE TURN OF THE SCREW” for Den Ny Opera was nominated for The Reumert Prize as Best Music-theatre in 2010.
Appart from this long list of merits, Daniel has directed plays by Edvard Hoem, Terrence McNally,
Marty Martin, Alejandro Casona, Christian Lange, Lope de Vega, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Strindberg, Sanchis Sinisterra, Racine, Corneille, Jean Cocteau, and directed the danish premiere of the musical ”THE LAST FIVE YEARS” by Jason Robert Brown
for the Fredericia Teater.
During the last years, Daniel Bohr has mainly worked with musicals, especially for Det Ny Teater in Copenhagen, where he has directed Bernstein’s ”WEST
SIDE STORY”, ”PETER PAN” by Barrie/Stiles/Drewe/Hall, ”THE SOUND OF MUSIC” by Rodgers and Hammerstein, ”MARLENE DIETRICH, A BLUE ANGEL” by Christian Lange, Strouse’s ”ANNIE”, and a completely new
production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s ”LOVE NEVER DIES”, as well as his ”EVITA”.
Both ”The Sound of Music” and ”Love Never Dies” were awarded the prestigious Reumert Prize for Best Music-theatre.
Daniel lectures all over Scandinavia, has been a drama-teacher at The Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen, at The Royal Music Conservatory, at the Music Conservatory in Aarhus and at The Danish Musical Academy in Fredericia.
Daniel’s biography can be found in the danish Blå Bog, in the norwegian Hvem er Hvem i Kulturlivet, in The International Dictionary og Biography, as well as in The International Book of Distinguished Leadership and in The International Book
of Honour (American Biographical Institute).
(N.W. Sept. 2014)