Angela Denoke

Biography

Angela Denoke was born in Stade near Hamburg in Germany.  After completing her studies at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Hamburg, she joined the ensemble of the Theater Ulm followed by the Staatsoper Stuttgart.

She is closely associated with the Wiener Staatsoper (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Arabella, Salome, Die tote Stadt, Parsifal, Jenufa, Der Rosenkavalier, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser and Pique Dame), the Opera National de Paris (Salome, Katya Kabanova, Cardillac, Der Rosenkavalier, Wozzeck, Parsifal, Fidelio, and Vec Makropulos), the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin (Tannhäuser, Fidelio, Pique Dame and Erwartung under Daniel Barenboim, Der Rosenkavalier and Tannhäuser under Philippe Jordan) and the Bayerische Staatsoper (Salome, Der Rosenkavalier, Parsifal, Jenufa and Wozzeck). For the Salzburg Festivals she has sung Katya Kabanova, Die Tote Stadt, Wozzeck, Fidelio and Vec Makropulos.

She has sung with the London Symphony Orchestra (Daniel Harding, Valery Gergiev and Gianandrea Noseda), Boston Symphony Orchestra (Andris Nelsons), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Nelsons and Bychkov), Philharmonia Orchestra (Esa Pekka Salonen and Andris Nelsons) and the Berliner Philharmoniker (Sir Simon Rattle), and she appears at the Royal Opera House, Metropolitan Opera New York, Netherlands Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Real Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Opernhaus Zürich, and at the Paris Chatelet. She made a highly acclaimed debut at Teatro alla Scala, Milan in Vec Makropulos.

Her recordings include Vec Makropulos (Salzburg Festival 2011, DVD), Salome (Baden-Baden, DVD), Alceste (Madrid, DVD), a New Year’s Eve Lehar Gala (Staatskapelle Dresden with Christian Thielemann, CD and DVD), Die tote Stadt, Die Walküre, Kátya Kabanová, Cardillac, Beethoven 9 (with Mikhail Pletnev / DG and Daniel Barenboim / Warner), Wozzeck (with Ingo Metzmacher / EMI) and Fidelio (with Simon Rattle / EMI).

Her jazz and chanson programme “From Babelsberg to Beverly Hills” (devoted to the era of Marlene Dietrich and Zarah Leander) tours to the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau and to the opera houses of Munich, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Oviedo, Frankfurt, Paris and Milan.  Her Kurt Weill recital “Two Lives to Live” was premiered at the Salzburg Festival 2011 and toured venues including the Wiener Staatsoper and the Liceu, Barcelona. Her newest recital programme “Städtebewohner, Kurt Weill und seine Zeit”, also commissioned by Salzburg, premiered at the Salzburg Festival 2015.

She was voted Singer of the Year by Opernwelt in 1999 and in 2007 received the Deutsche Theaterpreis Der Faust for her portrayal of Salome.  In February 2009 the Austrian Government awarded her the title of Kammersängerin of the Wiener Staatsoper.

Please contact Mary Donald for a current biography and for performance details.

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Felsenreitschule, Salzburg

RIHM: Die Eroberung von Mexico


Angela Denoke, Montezuma
Bo Skovhus, Cortez
Susanna Andersson, Soprano
Marie-Ange Todorovitch, Mezzo-soprano
Stephan Rehm, Speaker 1
Peter Pruchniewitz, Speaker 2

Ingo Metzmacher, Conductor
Peter Konwitschny, Director
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

Felsenreitschule, Salzburg

RIHM: Die Eroberung von Mexico


Angela Denoke, Montezuma
Bo Skovhus, Cortez
Susanna Andersson, Soprano
Marie-Ange Todorovitch, Mezzo-soprano
Stephan Rehm, Speaker 1
Peter Pruchniewitz, Speaker 2

Ingo Metzmacher, Conductor
Peter Konwitschny, Director
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

Felsenreitschule, Salzburg

RIHM: Die Eroberung von Mexico


Angela Denoke, Montezuma
Bo Skovhus, Cortez
Susanna Andersson, Soprano
Marie-Ange Todorovitch, Mezzo-soprano
Stephan Rehm, Speaker 1
Peter Pruchniewitz, Speaker 2

Ingo Metzmacher, Conductor
Peter Konwitschny, Director
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

Landestheater, Salzburg

RECITAL: "Städtebewohner - Kurt Weill und seine Zeit"

A new recital programme, commissioned by the Salzburger Festspiele

ANGELA DENOKE, Soprano

Tal Balshai, Piano /Arrangements
Norbert Nagel, Wind Instruments
Tim Park, Cello
Uwe Kraus, Speaker
Reinhard Bichsel, Lighting

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Theater an der Wien, Vienna

MARSCHNER: HANS HEILING

Constantin Trinks, Conductor
Roland Geyer, Director 
  
ANGELA DENOKE: Queen of the Earth Spirits
Michael Nagy: Hans Heiling
Katerina Tretyakova: Anna
Stephanie Houtzeel: Gertrude
Peter Sonn: Konrad
Christoph Seidl: Stephan
Patrick Maria Kühn: Niklas
  
Orchestra ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Chorus Arnold Schoenberg Chor

Theater an der Wien, Vienna

MARSCHNER: HANS HEILING

Constantin Trinks, Conductor
Roland Geyer, Director 
  
ANGELA DENOKE: Queen of the Earth Spirits
Michael Nagy: Hans Heiling
Katerina Tretyakova: Anna
Stephanie Houtzeel: Gertrude
Peter Sonn: Konrad
Christoph Seidl: Stephan
Patrick Maria Kühn: Niklas
  
Orchestra ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Chorus Arnold Schoenberg Chor

Theater an der Wien, Vienna

MARSCHNER: HANS HEILING

Constantin Trinks, Conductor
Roland Geyer, Director 
  
ANGELA DENOKE: Queen of the Earth Spirits
Michael Nagy: Hans Heiling
Katerina Tretyakova: Anna
Stephanie Houtzeel: Gertrude
Peter Sonn: Konrad
Christoph Seidl: Stephan
Patrick Maria Kühn: Niklas
  
Orchestra ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Chorus Arnold Schoenberg Chor

Theater an der Wien, Vienna

MARSCHNER: HANS HEILING

Constantin Trinks, Conductor
Roland Geyer, Director 
  
ANGELA DENOKE: Queen of the Earth Spirits
Michael Nagy: Hans Heiling
Katerina Tretyakova: Anna
Stephanie Houtzeel: Gertrude
Peter Sonn: Konrad
Christoph Seidl: Stephan
Patrick Maria Kühn: Niklas
  
Orchestra ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Chorus Arnold Schoenberg Chor

Theater an der Wien, Vienna

MARSCHNER: HANS HEILING

Constantin Trinks, Conductor
Roland Geyer, Director 
  
ANGELA DENOKE: Queen of the Earth Spirits
Michael Nagy: Hans Heiling
Katerina Tretyakova: Anna
Stephanie Houtzeel: Gertrude
Peter Sonn: Konrad
Christoph Seidl: Stephan
Patrick Maria Kühn: Niklas
  
Orchestra ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Chorus Arnold Schoenberg Chor

Theater an der Wien, Vienna

MARSCHNER: HANS HEILING

Constantin Trinks, Conductor
Roland Geyer, Director 
  
ANGELA DENOKE: Queen of the Earth Spirits
Michael Nagy: Hans Heiling
Katerina Tretyakova: Anna
Stephanie Houtzeel: Gertrude
Peter Sonn: Konrad
Christoph Seidl: Stephan
Patrick Maria Kühn: Niklas
  
Orchestra ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Chorus Arnold Schoenberg Chor

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Hindemith

Cardillac

Wiener Staatsoper / June 2015

"Trotz totaler Körperbeherrschung klingt Denokes Sopran klar, hell in den schönsten Klangfarben."
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News.at / Susanne Zobl / 24 June 2015
"Angela Denoke (als Tochter) ist der Inbegriff lyrischen Wohlklangs bei gleichzeitig alles durchdringender Intensität."
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DerStandard.at / Ljubiša Tošić / 23 June 2015
"Als seine Tochter setzt Angela Denoke wieder einmal vokale Maßstäbe"
Please click the link below to read the full review Kurier.at / 23 June 2015
"Wenn Angela Denoke als Cardillacs Tochter und Herbert Lippert als Offizier von ihrer verqueren Liebesbeziehung und ihrer Fixierung auf den egomanischen Goldschmied singen, dann schwingen die Gefühle in intensiv phrasierten Melismen mit."
Please click the link below to read the full review Die Presse / 24 June 2015
"In der Schauermär des E. T. A. Hoffmann agiert aber auch Angela Denoke fulminant, die mit einem Glutsopran um die Liebe ihres mörderisch goldsüchtigen Vaters kämpft;"
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Wiener Zeitung / 23 June 2015

Wagner

Parsifal

Wiener Staatsoper, April 2015

"Parsifal": Der österliche Musiktheater-Ritus
Please click the link below to read the review. Wilhelm Sinkovicz, Die Presse, 3 April 2015
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Georg Leyrer, Kurier, 3 April 2015
"Alle Jahre wieder kommt der Gründonnerstag mit dem esoterisch-religiösen Erlösungsspektakulum schlechthin ins Haus am Ring."
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Daniel Wagner, Wiener Zeitung, 3 April 2015

INTERVIEW

Opera News

Homecoming: Angela Denoke returns to the Salzburg Festival

Homecoming: Soprano Angela Denoke returns to the Salzburg Festival this season as Montezuma in Die Eroberung von Mexico.   Click the below link to read article.
Fred Cohen, Opera News, April 2015

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Wiener Staasoper

Review from Die Presse - please click the link. Wilhelm Sinkovicz, Die Presse, 9 March 2015
Review from Der Standard - please click the link Ljubiša Tošic, Der Standard, 9 March 2015
Review from Wiener Zeitung - please click the link. Reinhard Göweil, Wiener Zeitung, 9 March 2015
Review from Kurier - please click the link. Peter Jarolin, Kurier, 9 March 2015

INTERVIEW

Angela Denoke discusses her operatic roles

Angela Denoke, in conversation with Philippe Banel, discusses the emotional and physical challenges of the dramatic roles that she sings. Tutti Magazine/ Philippe Banel /19 November 2014

Strauss

Elektra

CD: London Symphony Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, Angela Denoke, Felicity Palmer, Matthias Goerne

"Angela Denoke makes a strong impression as Chrysothemis. She has lots of power that she can deploy without sounding forced and she is a skilled singing actress, creating drama with the sensitivity of her phrasing."
Stephen Eddins, All Music

BERG

Wozzeck Fragments / 14 September 2014

Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev / Gergiev Festival, Rotterdam

"...soprano Angela Denoke made a debut at the Gergiev Festival that will not be forgotten soon. From the slightly maniacal march at the beginning of the first Brustücke (Act 1, scene 2-3), to the absolutely stunning second Fragment (Act 3, scene 1), the orchestra and Angela Denoke were spot on, with a beautiful balance consistently being struck between orchestra and soloist. The Third Fragment was equally impressive and I am sure I wasn’t the only person in the room left wanting to hear more Wozzeck." Bachtrack, Reneé Reitsma, 16 September 2014

Strauss

Tanglewood Gala - Der Rosenkavalier final scene: 12 July 2014

Tanglewood Music Centre Orchestra/Andris Nelsons, Sophie Bevan, Isabel Leonard

"Angela Denoke brought a touch of heartbreak to the role of the Marschallin, singing with a smooth, milky soprano."
Aaron Kebaugh, Boston Classical Review, 13 July 2014
"Ms. Denoke sang with fine sensibility"
James R Oestreich, New York Times, 13 July 2014
"The final scene, regarded as one of the pinnacles of Strauss’s writing for the female voice, was winningly sung on Saturday by Sophie Bevan (as Sophie), Isabel Leonard (as Octavian) and, with an extra tug of vulnerability, by Angela Denoke (as the Marschallin)."
Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe, 14 July 2014

Parsifal: 30 November 2013

Royal Opera House, London

"That this is still a triumphant evening is thanks to Angela Denoke’s brilliantly-acted and gorgeously-sung Kundry"
Michael Church, The Independent, 2 December 2013
"she acts brilliantly"
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 2 December 2013
"Angela Denoke is dramatically electrifying as the chameleon Kundry"
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 1 December 2013
"Angela Denoke's tirelessly sung Kundry is the perfect mixture of the chilly and the unattainably seductive."
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 1 December 2013

Schoenberg

Gurrelieder

Wiener Konzerthaus

"Herrlich skurrile Holzbläserschärfe regierte dagegen rund um Klaus Narr (Kurt Azesberger), wagnerisch blühende Üppigkeit um die zumeist poetisch leuchtend singende, nur in der Höhe etwas angestrengte Angela Denoke (Tove), von deren Tod Mihoko Fujimura als Waldtaube halb betroffen, halb neutral kündete."
Von Walter Weidringer, Die Presse, 22 June 2013
"Und was für ein trauriges Lied begann Mihoko Fujimura (Waldtaube) im Moment von Toves Tod."
Daniel Wagner, Wiener Zeitung, 26 June 2013

Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder: 13 June 2013

Herkulessaal Der Residenz, Munich

"Dass Nelsons es durchaus versteht, in großen Bögen zu musizieren und sich, wenn nötig, dezent zurückzunehmen, bewies er eindringlich die Wesendonck-Lieder. Mit feinem Gespür für die jeweilige Atmosphäre der fünf Gedichte war er mehr als nur ein sensibler Begleiter für Angela Denoke. Die hatte einen großen Abend. Ihre Stimme, dunkler und schwerer geworden, ist flexibel und kraftvoll. Ihre Höhe leuchtet herrlich und wird nie durch ein unkontrolliertes Vibrato gestört. Vor allem aber verfügt Frau Denoke über eine Fülle an Klangfarben, die sie, dicht dem Text folgend, intelligent einzusetzen versteht."

Christian Gohlke, KlassikInfo.de / 14 June 2013

DVD Marthaler-Salonen Makropulos

Recorded live at Salzburg Festival 2011

"The singing is mostly terrific. Many noted Emilia Martys [Angela Denoke] have been tested by the exposed, barely accompanied high-lying phrases with which Janacek filled the part in the final scene of Act 3, the nearest he came to writing a kind of Wagnerian Liebestod for the soprano voice. Denoke has these notes and the technique and breathing to deliver them." Gramophone / August 2012 / Mike Ashman

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Recordings

STRAUSS Elektra

Valery Gergiev conductor
Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet
Angela Denoke
Felicity Palmer
Matthias Goerne
London Symphony Orchestra
LSO Live