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Angela Denoke

Soprano

Biography

Angela Denoke in action.
Angela Denoke in Salome, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2012

German soprano Angela Denoke made her Royal Opera debut in 2006 as The Woman (Erwartung). She has since returned to sing Paulina (The Gambler), Salome and Kundry (Parsifal) for The Royal Opera.

Denoke was born in Stade in 1961. She began playing the piano aged four and went on to study music education and piano at the Hamburg University for Music and Drama, in her second year changing her major to vocal studies. Her first professional contract was with Theater Ulm (1992–6), where her roles included Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Alice Ford (Falstaff) and Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro). She has since won renown for her performances of late 19th- and 20th-century German, Russian and Czech repertory, signature roles including Jenůfa, Kát'a Kabanová, Katerina (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Marie (Wozzeck) and the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier). Her other repertory includes Elisabeth/Venus (Tannhäuser) and Leonore (Fidelio). She is also a prolific concert performer and has toured Europe with a recital of Weill songs from the composer’s Berlin and Broadway periods.

In 1999 Denoke was voted Singer of the Year by Opernwelt and in 2009 was appointed a Kammersängerin at the Vienna State Opera.

Videos

News and features

Angela Denoke on Parsifal: Getting Wagner's music 'in the bones'

Angela Denoke on Parsifal: Getting Wagner's music 'in the bones'

11 December 2013

The German soprano on her interpretation of the opera, and a role that's complex to act as well as sing.

Gallery: Parsifal in rehearsal

Gallery: Parsifal in rehearsal

22 November 2013

A glimpse of Stephen Langridge's new Royal Opera production before curtain up.

Angela Denoke: Under the skin of Salome

Angela Denoke: Under the skin of Salome

27 April 2012

The German soprano tells us about the role of Strauss's complex heroine.

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