Angela Denoke


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.

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

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Two Lives to Live

Following the successful tour of "Von Babelsberg bis Beverly Hills", Angela Denoke has premiered for the 2011 Salzburg Festival a new recital programme based on the Kurt Weill's output in Germany and then the USA:  Two Lives to live.  Tal Balshai has made musical arrangements for the evening and Norbert Nagel plays several instruments.  It is an extremely sophisticated programme with extracts of letters and anecdotes by Weill and Lotte Lenya read in between by Angela - or a local personality.  Next season this programme will tour to Lille (with a French speaker to read the letters) and also to the Wiener Staatsoper.

Click here for a link to the full programme

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Click here for a link to Kulturissimo interview with Angela Denoke, July 2011

Click here for a link to Der Standard article of 29 December 2010 on the Salzburg Festival's production of Die Sache Makropulos

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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


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


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



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, / 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



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