Biography

Dénise Beck's recent engagements include the role of Sidi in Kuhlau's Lulu at Copenhagen Royal Opera, the soprano part in the opera "La Douce" by Emmanuel Nunes at Berliner Staatsoper in November 2016, Musetta/La bohème and Bertha/Il barbiere di Siviglia in Heidenheim, Matthäus Passion with Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir, Papagena/Die Zauberflöte at Bregenzer Festspiele, Fiordiligi/Cosi fan Tutte at Opera Hedeland, Leonora/Maskerade with Concertgebouw, Pamina/Die Zauberflöte at Den Norske Opera and Mahler’s 4th Symphony with Michael Schönwandt in Copenhagen as well as Amanda/Le Grand Macabre at The Royal Opera in Copenhagen.

Future engagements include Carl Nielsen's Symphony 3 with BBC - Scottisch Symphony Orchestra in March 2018, Adina/L' elisir d' Amore at Danish National Opera in Aarhus, Bach/B Minor Mass with the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Chour, Mozart concert at The Royal Library Copenhagen and also  the female lead in the new opera "Brothers" at the Danish National opera, conducted by Kasper Holten.

She recently received the Axel Schiøtz Prize 2016 for her interpretation of and dedication to the Lied-Genre.

Dénise Beck was awarded the 1st prize in the Danish competition „Young Singers“ in 2004, just before she was accepted at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. She studied with Professor Franz Lukasovsky, Sir Charles Spencer and Istvan Bonyhadi.

While finishing her studies in the Lied-class in Vienna, she was accepted at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen in their post-grad program. Here she studied with Professor Kirsten Buhl-Møller, Ulrich Stærk, Mikael Eliasen and Bo Skovhus. After only three and a half years in Vienna (in 2008) she had her debut at the Volksoper Wien as Komtesse Anastasia in Die Csardasfürstin by Kalman. Shortly hereafter she performed as Blondchen/Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Salzburger Landestheater.

In 2012 she performed Zerlina/Don Giovanni and Alena (the main role of Orpheus 68 – a new opera composed by Paul Schwarz from New York). She also recorded the main role of Suzon in Schierbeck’s Fête Galante with among others Michael Schønwandt, Bo Skovhus and Morten Frank Larsen.

Dénise Beck has received several Prizes such as; The Inga Nielsen Prize, the Talent Award of the Danish National Radio 2011 and was announced Sonning Laureate 2012.

On stage she has performed the roles of Pamina/Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi/Cosi fan Tutte, Zerlina/Don Giovanni, Musetta/La bohème, Carolina/Il matrimonio Segreto, Blondchen/ Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Sofie Scholl/Die Weiße Rose, Morgana/Alcina, Frasquita/Carmen, Grethel/Hänsel und Grethel, L´hirondelle/L ´hirondelle Inattendue at The Royal Opera in Denmark. In 2015 a CD-recording with the Danish Symphony Orchestra of Carl Nielsen´s „Maskerade“ with Dénise Beck in the role of Leonora was be released.

Apart from opera, Dénise Beck is a renowned oratorial singer. She has performed as soloist in the C minor mass by Mozart, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, Beethovens 9th Symphony, Gloria by Poulenc, the B minor mass by Bach, and many other masses and cantatas by Haydn, Mozart and Händel. She has performed in concert with the Strauss Ensemble der Wiener Symfoniker, with whom she released a CD in 2012. In 2015 she also released a  "unknown Nielsen" Cd published with Johan Reuter.

Another interest of Dénise Beck is contemporarymusic (operas, masses, lieder...). She has thus performed at the Tiroler Festspiele in a new mass by Christoph Cech, which was broadcasted on Ö1 (The National Radio in Austria). She also performed at the Konzerthaus Wien with songs for soprano and orchestra by the swedish composer Fredrik Bobr. She has performed with ensemble Zafraan in Berlin and (among others) performed pieces by Nicolai Worsaae, György Ligeti and Martin Hiendl.

Dénise Beck has performed on stages such as Volksoper Wien, Salzburger Landestheater, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Oper Klosterneuburg Vienna, Konzerthaus Wien, Musikverein Wien, Bregenzer Festspiele, Wigmore Hall London, Teatro Nacional de Brasil, OperaCity Tokyo, Bunkan Kaikan Tokyo, Den Nye Opera Bergen Norway, The Concerthall Copenhagen, the Radiohall Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Opera, The Danish National Opera, Den Norske Opera Oslo and Opera Hedeland Denmark.

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40 Jahre Klosterkonzerte in Neresheim mit Bach, Händel und Mozart in der Abteikirche

"Die dänische Sopranistin Dénise Beck war manchen schon aus Heidenheim bekannt. Dort feiert sie derzeit Triumpfe als Musetta in „La Bohème“.

In Händels innigen, von kindlicher Gläubigkeit geprägten Deutschen Arien musste sie allerdings ihre Register umstellen. Nun war zurückhaltende Demut und Empfindsamkeit gefragt bei Titeln wie „Meine Seele hört im Sehen“ und „Die ihr aus dunklen Grüften kommt“. Schon äußerlich hat sich der Opernstar gewandelt: Statt ihres buntfarbigen Rüschenkleides trägt sie nun frommes Schwarz-Violett und einen Blumenkranz im Haar. Das passt zum Liedtitel „Süßer Blumen Ambraflocken“.

Zum Verströmen glanzvoller Koloratur-Girlanden geben jedoch die Arien schon genügend Gelegenheit. Locker-leicht erklimmt ihre schlanke, wandlungsfähige Stimme mühelos und intonationsrein höchste Höhen. Lang dehnt sie ihre Finaltöne und schwebt damit wirkungsvoll auf der extrem verzögerten Neresheimer Akustik."

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