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.