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Dénise Beck

Danish-German Soprano

Curriculum Vitae


Denise Beck already started

her career during her studies

in Vienna, when she was

invited to sing at the

Wiener Volksoper in

January 2009. Shortly

hereafter (Spring 2009) she

debuted as Blondchen

(Entführung aus dem Serail)

at the Landestheater

Salzburg.


After finishing her „Magistra Artium“ at the Univ. of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in 2009, she travelled to Japan with the Strauß Ensemble der Wiener Symphoniker, with whom she has recorded a CD in 2012 and performed at several venues, among others Bregenzer Festspiele and Opera City Tokio, since.


In 2010/11 Denise Beck´s international operatic career began when singing the part of „Grethel“ in Humperdincks „Hänsel und Grethel“ in Denmark and Norway. She also portrayed the role of „Frasquita“ (Carmen/Bizet) in Klosterneuburg/Vienna. Same year she received the renowned „P2-Talent-of-the-year-Prize“ (Danish National Radio Prize), as well as the Inga Nielsen Prize and she won the 2nd Prize for her interpretation of „Gilda“ in the famous Richard Tauber Competition in London.


In 2012 Denise Beck was honored with the internationally renowned Sonning-Talent-Prize. She sang the role of „Suzon“ on the CD-recording of the Danish opera „Fête Galante“ by Schierbeck, conducted by Maestro Michael Schönwandt, and with among others Bo Skovhus, Morten Frank Larsen and Michael Weinius.

Same year she sang the role of „Zerlina“ in a production in Denmark with Johannes Weisser as Don Giovanni.


2013 started with „Adele“ (Die Fledermaus/J. Strauss) in the Winther Theatre at the Operafestival Sotchi in Russia, a production with a cast from the Wiener Volksoper. In the Summer of 2013 Denise Beck debuted at the Bregenzer Festspiele in the role of „Papagena“ directed by David Pountney- a role for which she was praised in a.o. the New York Times. This production was filmed and released on DVD.

She also starred in „Mahler´s 4th Symphony“ in Copenhagen conducted by Maestro Michael Schönwandt.


Apart from being invited back to Bregenz in 2014 to sing the titelrole in „l´Hirondelle du Faubourg“ by Simon Laks, Dénise Beck also starred at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen as „Amanda“ in Ligeti´s „Grand Macabre“, she jumped in as soprano-soloist in Nielsen´s  3rd Symphony “Espansiva“ with the Danish Radio-Orchestra in the Concerthall in Copenhagen- and was since invited back on several occasions.

She also started a cooperation with the contemporary Ensemble Zafraan in Berlin, she performed „Italienisches Liederbuch“ with Bo Skovhus, and portrayed the female mainrole „Leonora“ on the CD-recording of Carl Nielsen´s „Maskarade“ with a.o. Niels Jörgen Riis and Johann Reuter, the latter with whom she also recorded the Carl Nielsen Song-CD in 2015.


After receiving the „Else Brems“-Prize in 2015, Denise Beck sang the role of „Fiordiligi“ at the renowned Summer-Opera „Hedeland“ in Denmark. Same year she was invited to the operahouse in Oslo to sing „Pamina“ and to Concertgegouw in Amsterdam to sing the part of „Leonora“ with Maestro Marcus Stenz.


2016 Denise Beck sang the Soprano in the Matthew Passion by Bach in the Danish Dome, she performed in the Wiener Konzerthaus with the Strauss-Ensemble der Wiener Symphoniker, she successfully portrayed the role of „Musetta“ in „La Boheme“ conducted by Maestro Marcus Bosch and she performed Händels 9 German Arias and the "Salve Regina" with Maestro Eduardo Lopez Banzo.

Furthermore she performed "The Mysteries of the Grand Macabre" by Liegti with pianist Clemens Hund-Göschel, sh  had her Berliner Staatoper Debut in the titelrole in the opera "La Douce" by Emmanuelle Nunes, and she received the Danish „Axel Schiötz“ Prize.


2017 Denise sang the role of "Anna" in the new opera "Brothers" by Daniel Bjarnason and directed by Kasper Holten in Aarhus. With the Danish National Opera she went on tour as "Adina" in Elisir d´amore by Donizetti, followed by a great success as the leading lady in the Danish "Lulu" by Kuhlau at the royal Opera in Copenhagen.


2018 She performed once more with the  Zafraan Ensemble -this time as the protagonist in new piece called "Whole body like gone" in the Radialsystem in Berlin.

Hereafter she sang with the Scottish BBC Orchestra conducted by Thomas Dousgaard at a concert also with the Danish String quartet. This was transmitted live on the BBC radio. Furthermore she performed in "Le Martyre de Saint Sebastian" by Debussy conducted by Maestro Schönwandt, and she sang in concert with  the World Ballet on Tour in Denmark.

She is looking forward to singing "Adele" in "Fledermaus" at the Royal Theatre Copenhagen, and as soloist in both "Christmas Oratorio" by Bach in the Dome of Copenhagen and soloist in the "Messiah" by Handel with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightment.

She will end 2018 as a soloist at the New Years Concert at the Royal Theatre Copenhagen.


2019 she performed "Adele" and as "Blumenmädchen" at the Royal Theatre Copenhagen. Furthermore she starred at the Funen Opera in their seasonal presentation of the season 19/20.

Fall 2019 she was engaged as "Grethel" in Humperdincks "Hänsel und Grethel" at the Operahouse in Oslo.


2020 Denise Beck was hired to sing "Adina" in a childrens version of "Elisir d´amore" -a performance she concepted and directed together with tenor Mathias Hedegaard and Pianist Clemens Hund-Göschel, futhermore she was scheduled to sing "Sophie Scholl" in "Weiße Rose" by Udo Zimmermann, Soloist in "Die Jahreszeiten" by Haydn with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, and was supposed to perform with the Danish String Quartett at the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival - however the above mentioned were cancelled due to the Corona-Pandemic.

She did, however, perform as "Pamina" at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen in the renowned staging by Barrie Kosky and also at the Royal Theatre she performed "Leonora" in "Maskarade" by Carl Nielsen under the baton of M. Schönwandt and directed by Kasper Holten.


2021 she will return to the Royal Theatre as well as be performing with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. She will also be recording a CD of known and unknown wokrs by P. Schierbeck.

Contact: sopranodenisebeck@icloud.com

REVIEWS:


Opera Magazine:

Dénise Becks luminous soprano creates an alluring aura around Suzon[...]"

About Suzon in the opera

"Fête Galante"

by Poul Schierbeck


Berlingske Tidende,

Søren Kassebeer soren@berlingskemedia.dk

"Grand Macabre" Royal Theatre March 2nd 2014:


"Som de unge elskende er Det Kongelige Teater-debutanten Denise Beck (kvinden) og Elisabeth Jansson (manden) bare så dårende smukke og vellydende, det er dem, der har operaens smukkeste musik, æterisk skøn, den forløser de."


"As the young lovers the Royal Theatre Debutant Denise Beck (Woman) and Elisabeth Jansson (Man) are incredibly gorgeous looking and sounding, they have the most  beautiful music in this opera,  ethereally  magnificent they perform it." 


Review of Mahler 4th Symphony:

Conducted by Michael Schönwandt

with Tivoli Symfoniorkester

"Berlingske Tidende": Søren Schausser:


"Underskøn indsats fra Dénise Beck´s side. -Hun rammer stilen renere end kollegaen i sidste uge. Og pludselig fornemmelser af sammenhæng i Mahlers musik: Linien fra sangene i hans unge år til dødsangsten i de senere.   Tak for musikken og hjertelig tillykke."


[Translated]: "Wonderful effort by Dénise Beck. She  meets the style more superb than her colleague  last week. Suddenly feelings of coherence in Mahler's music: The line from the songs in his early years to the fear of death in the later. Thank you for the music and congratulations."



Review of Fête Galante by P. Schierbeck:

Opera Magazine, George Hall:

"Dénise Beck´s luminous soprano creates an alluring aura around Suzon[...]"


NAXOS; David Denton:

"Denise Beck, as Suzon, perfectly weighs an innocence with a seductive allure, the quality of her voice being a constant delight."



Reviews Bregenzer Festspiele "Die Zauberflöte; Papagena" July 2013


"New York Times":

"[...] and Dénise Beck sparkled as Papagena."


"Der Standard"; Stefan Ender:

[...]"ein  komödiantischer Kracher Dénise Beck (Papagena)."


"Klassik.com";  Midou Grossmann

"Gesungen wurde durchweg auf hohem Niveau [...]  Daniel Schmutzhard und Dénise Beck erfüllten die Erwartungen, die mit der Partie des Papageno und seinem Weibchen verbunden sind. Beide sangen und spielten sich in die Herzen des Publikums, das diese Aufführung so goutieren schien."


"Badische-Zeitung"; Alexander Dick

"Wie so oft in den "Zauberflöten" unserer Tage begeistert das Buffopaar Papageno (Daniel Schmutzhard)/ Papagena (Dénise Beck) mit perfekter Balance."


"Kurier":

"[...] seine Papagena findet in Dénise Beck eine sichere Interpretin."



Reviews „Bach’s Christmas Oratorio I-III“ at Musikhuset, Aarhus, December 2012

Author – Henrik Friis, Politiken – 9. Dec. 2012

”Dénise Beck og Trine Bastrup Møller viste endnu en gang, hvorfor de for alvor ser ud til at komme til at dominere de danske operascener de kommende år med tyngde og præcision.“

[translated]: „Denise Beck and Trine Bastrup Møller showed once again why they really seem to dominate the Danish opera stages in the coming year with weight and precision“


Reviews „Orpheus ‚68“ at Holstebro Musikteater / Operaen i Midten/ Den Fynske Opera, October-November 2012

Author – Mikael Krarup, Fyens Stifttidende – 26. Nov. 2012

”Denise Beck giver et indtagende og rørende portræt af Alena, og hvor er det en fryd at lytte til hendes stærke, velklingende sopran.”

[translated]: „Denise Beck gives a charming and touching portrait of Alena and what a joy, listening to her strong, melodious soprano“

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Author – Gregers Dirckinck-Holmfeld, gregersdh.dk – 31. Oct. 2012 En bekræftelse på, at Denise Beck er en stærkt begavet ung sopran, som i Alenas rolle er både bevægende og velsyngende [...] Partituret er så velbygget instrumentalt og vokalt, at stemmerne kommer godt og naturligt til deres ret, både i ensemblerne, de gennemkomponerede dialoger og de ariose passager. En fornøjelse.“

[translated]: “A confirmation that Denise Beck is a highly gifted young soprano, and as Alena is both moving and well-singing [...] The score is so well arranged instrumentally and vocally, that the voices come natural for their rights, both in ensembles, the through-composed dialogues and the ariose parts. A pleasure.

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Author –John Christiansen, www.jc-klassisk.dk – 1. Nov. 2012

”Denise Beck klinger virkelig smukt som Alena/Eurydice”

[translated]: „ Denise Beck sounds really beautiful as Alena / Eurydice.“


Reviews „Don Giovanni“ at Opera Hedeland, August 2012

Author – Gregers Dirckinck-Holmfeld, http://gregersdh.dk – 6. Aug. 2012

„Og så Zerlina, forførerens hjertegribende legetøj. Denise Beck, hvis store talent vi før har spottet, brillerer i rollen med sit lyse humør, sin blanding af impertinens og naivitet, sikkert styrede, lette sopran.“*[translated]: „And as Zerlina, the seducer's heartbreaking toys. Denise Beck, whose great talent we have previously spotted, excels in the role with her bright mood, her mixture of impertinence and naivety, and safely controlled, light soprano.“


Author – Jakob Levinsen, JyllandsPosten – 5. Aug. 2012

„...og en opsigtsvækkende god Denise Beck er [...] Zerlina.“ [translated]: „...and a spectacularly good Denise Beck is [...] Zerlina.“

Reviews „Poul Schierbeck’s Fête Galante“ in Tivoli Koncertsal, June 2012


Author – Søren Schauser, Berlingske Tidende – 19. Jun. 2012

"Og den udkårne kommer til [...] Hun i form af vor egen Dénise Beck. En lys pige med et himmelsk lys i stemmen"

*[translated]: „And the bride of his choice [...] She is our own Denise Beck. A bright girl with a heavenly light in her voice“


Author – Gregers Dirckinck-Holmfeld, http://gregersdh.dk - 19. Jun. 2012

„ I Tivoli ser vi en stab af sangere, der kunne gå lige ind og sætte scenisk liv i partierne. Ud over den stormtalentfulde sopran Denise Beck hele rækken af mandlige sangere”

[translated]: „In Tivoli we see a staff of singers who could walk right in and put the theatrical life into the parts. Besides the very talented soprano Denise Beck there is a full range of male singers too“

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