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Angela Denoke



Angela Denoke in action.
Angela Denoke as Kundry in Parsifal © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

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 with Vienna State Opera.


News and features

Parsifal available to buy on DVD

18 December 2014
Parsifal available to buy on DVD

Stephen Langridge's Royal Opera production of Wagner’s final opera, starring Simon O'Neill, Angela Denoke, René Pape and Gerald Finley.

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

11 December 2013
Angela Denoke on Parsifal: Getting Wagner's music 'in the bones'

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

22 November 2013
Gallery: Parsifal in rehearsal

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