While finishing her studies in the Lied-class
in Vienna, Dénise Beck was accepted at the Royal Academy of
Music in Copenhagen in their post-grad program. There 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.
Dénise Beck's recent engagements include 'Radial
System' with the Zafraan Ensemble in Berlin and Basel, Carl
Nielsen's Symphony 3 with BBC Scottisch Symphony Orchestra, Sidi
in Kuhlau's Lulu at Copenhagen Royal Opera, Adina/L' elisir d'
Amore at Danish National Opera in Aarhus, the female lead in the
new opera "Brothers" at the Danish National opera
staged by Kasper Holten, Bach/B Minor Mass with the Copenhagen
Royal Chapel Chour, the soprano part in the opera "La
Douce" by Emmanuel Nunes at Berliner Staatsoper and Mozart
concert at The Royal Library Copenhagen. Also among others: 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
Future engagements include 1.
Blumenmädchen/Parsifal and Adele/Fledermaus at
Copenhagen Royal Opera, Elverskud/Gade with Schønwandt and
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra as well as Grethe/Hans og Grethe at
Norwegian National Opera.
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.
On stage she 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 at
The Royal Opera in Denmark. In 2015 was released a CD-recording with
the Danish Symphony Orchestra of Carl Nielsen´s „Maskerade“ with
Dénise Beck in the role of Leonora.
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.
Dénise Beck has received several Prizes such
as: Aalborg Opera Prize 2017, Else Brems Prize 2015, The Inga
Nielsen Prize, the Talent Award of the Danish National Radio 2011 and was
announced Sonning Laureate 2012.
She was also 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
Dénise Beck has received the Axel
Schiøtz Prize 2016 for her interpretation of and dedication to the
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.