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 Vienna State Opera (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 appears at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 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 in Milan in Vec Makropulos.
Her recordings include Vec Makropulos from the Salzburg Festival 2011 (DVD), Salome from Baden Baden (DVD), a New Year Eve Lehar Gala from Dresden with Christian Thielemann (CD and DVD), Die tote Stadt, Die Walküre, Kátya Kabanová, Cardillac, Beethoven 9 (with Mikhail Pletnev for DG and Daniel Barenboim for Warner), Wozzeck (with Ingo Metzmacher for EMI) and Fidelio (with Sir Simon Rattle for 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 2011 Salzburg Festival and toured a number of venues including the Wiener Staatsoper and the Liceu in Barcelona.
She was voted Singer of the Year by Opernwelt in 1999 and in 2007 she received the Deutsche Theaterpreis Der Faust for her portrayal of Salome. In February 2009 the Austrian Government awarded the title of Kammersängerin of the Wiener Staatsoper.