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Angela Denoke

Soprano

Biography

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

In the 2013/14 Season German soprano Angela Denoke sings Kundry in The Royal Opera's new production of Parsifal. She has previously sung The Woman (Erwartung), Paulina (The Gambler) and Salome for The Royal Opera.

Denoke was born in Stade in 1961. She began playing the piano aged four and, encouraged by her piano teacher, went on to study music education and piano at the Hamburg University for Music and Drama. In her second year she changed 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 become widely known for her performances around the world of late 19th- and 20th-century German, Russian and Czech repertory, signature roles including Jenufa, 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 her recital of Kurt Weill songs from the composer’s Berlin and Broadway periods.

In 1999 she was voted Singer of the Year by Opernwelt and in 2009 was appointed a Kammersängerin at the Vienna State Opera. She lives in Hamburg with her husband, the American tenor David Kuebler, whom she met singing in a production of Kát'a Kabanová at the Salzburg Festival.

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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