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Denzil DELAERE, Tenor


The Belgian tenor Denzil Delaere graduated with highest honors in 2008 from the School of Art of Ghent, where he was taught piano and the art of singing with Philippe Wesemael and Sabine Haenebalcke. Subsequently he was admitted at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent where he completed his vocal education with Marcos Pujol and Gidon Saks. He graduated from the Conservatory with Master degree in 2013. Eventually he combined two postgraduates, the first at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, the other at the International Opera Academy (IOA) of Ghent. During the season 2016/2017 he joined the soloist ensemble of the Opera House of Luzern (CH), where he appeared in Die Zauberflöte (Tamino), Rigoletto (Borsa) and sang the tenor solo part in Prometeo from Luigi Nono and in the Vespro della beata Virgine from Claudio Monteverdi. The same season he sang his first Wagnerian role : Steuermann in Fliegende Holländer at the Oberammergau-Festival

Recent and upcoming engagements

Last season (2017/2018) he was chosen to join the Flanders Opera's soloist ensemble, where he appeared as Schwertrichter (Das Wunder der Heliane, Korngold), Carlos and Balbuena (Le Duc d’Albe), Bardolfo (Falstaff, directed by Christoph Waltz), Knappe (Parsifal) and 1st Croupier & Hunchback Gambler (The Gambler). The more, the Opera house of Luzern reinvited him for a first role : Roberto in Maria Stuarda.

During the current season 2018/2019 Denzil Delaere will sing as a guest in several productions at the Flanders Opera house : in The Makropoulos Affair, on tour) as Janek, Satyagraha by Philip Glass as Prince Arjuna, and in the world première of Les Bienveillantes by Hèctor Parra (a commission by the Flanders Opera) as Tenor in the "vocal quartet" cast throughout this opera.

Within the context of the famous Zaterdag-Matinee at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, he well appear as Pietro in Die Gezeichneten (Franz Schrecker), with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra led by Markus Stenz. With the latter orchestra : this time under the baton of Stanislav Kochanovsky, Denzil Delaere will sing the solo tenor part in the Sulamith Cantata by P.H. van Gilse (Utrecht, Vredenburg, 28 sept. 2018).

Amongst hisother future new roles : Pedrillo in Mozart's Entführung aus dem Serail and Hans in Smetana's The Bartered Bride.

Earlier achievements

His debut as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) at Summer Opera Festival Alden-Biesen 2014. A role he covered later at La Monnaie (in the production of Kr. Warlikowski). Participation in Frühlingserwachen by Benoît Mernier, an IOA production directed by Guy Joosten and in the world première of Babel by composer Sam Vloemans at the Flanders Opera and Het Paleis Antwerpen, followed by engagements at the Opera House of Montpellier as Capitaine Ricardo (Chérubin, Massenet) and at ROH Wallonie/Liège as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor and Gervais in Manon by Auber. His opera repertoire also includes : The prologue (Turn of the Screw), Toby (The Medium), Arnalta (L'incoronazione di Poppea), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Jolicoeur (La Fourchette) and the title role in Mozart's Mitridate, Rè di Ponto...

Meanwhile Denzil Delaere has sung unter the baton of conductors such as : Paolo Arrivabeni, Florian Heyerick, Dmitri Jurowski, Andrew Greenwood, Korneel Bernolet, Clemens Heil, Gabriel Venzago, Olof Boma, Stefan Klingele, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Tomas Netopil, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Alexander Joel and Cornelius Meister.

In a constantly growing concert activity Denzil Delaere participated as a soloist in major works by J.S. Bach (Magnificat, Christmas-Oratorio, Kaffeekantate, Missa Brevis in A major, Matthew Passion), G.F. Haendel (Messiah), J. Haydn (Creation) and Mozart (Coronation Mass and Requiem) ...with different ensembles and orchestras.

Equally at home in the "Lied" repertoire he has performed numerous recitals with selected songs by Schubert, Brahms, Beethoven, Fauré, Poulenc, Rachmaninov. Whilst he was trained at Royal Conservatory of Ghent Denzil Delaere has developed a strong  connection to contemporary music. Besides his participation in the world première of Acubens (main role), he has performed major works by Olivier Messiaen, Alban Berg, Wolfgang Rihm, Wim Hendrickx and John Cage.

cv update : Season 2018/2019


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