Ariën Artists - Denzil Delaere, Tenor, Biography






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 a Master's 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.


At ROH La Monnaie : Der Wirt in Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss) and Aristide Chouiloux in the world premiere of Belgian composer Philippe Boesmans' last opera On purge bébé (première 13 novembre 2022). His comeback at the Grand Théâtre of Geneva to participate in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria and in the contemporary opera Voyage vers l'espoir by Christian Jost, for the creation of the French version of his opera Reise der Hoffnung.


The season 2021-2022 saw him appearing at Grand Théâtre Geneva in War and peace, the magnum opus by Prokofiev. Subsequently the artists embarked for the Nederlandse Reisopera where he sang two challenging parts : Rodolfo in the pocket version of La Bohème and Hans in The Bartered Bride (Smetana) in a new Dutch version named Bruid te koop. In between he made his debut as Luigi (Il tabarro, Trittico) and returned to the Flanders opera to sing Golzalve in Ravel's L'heure espagnole. A house he previously sang Brighella and Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, Prince Arjuna in Satyagraha by Philip Glass and the solo tenor part in the vocal quartet - a main character - in the world premiere of Les Bienveillantes by Hèctor Parra, a work commissioned by the Flanders Opera. He also took part in the revival of the opera house's production of The Makropoulos Affair as Janek at the Janacek Festival Brno.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the artist's calendar had been quite impacted. Amongst his cancelled productions : Saint-François d'Assise (Frère Elie) and Turandot (Pang) at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva ; Aïda (Messaggero) and Entführung aus dem Serail (Pedrillo) ; and eventually in Lodewijk Mortelmans' Kinderen der Zee (Frederik) and Parsifal (Knappe) at the ROH La Monnaie.

Noteworthy are his appearances with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hilversum. As Pietro in Die Gezeichneten by Franz Schreker, under Markus Stenz at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Zaterdag-Matinee, and in the tenor solo part in Sulamith a cantata by P.H. van Gilse, performed under Stanislav Kochanovsky at Vredenburg, Utrecht.


it all started at the Opera House of Luzern (CH), where was engaged throughout the season (2016/2017) to sing Die Zauberflöte (Tamino), Rigoletto (Borsa) and the tenor solo parts in Prometeo (Luigi Nono) and the Vespro della beata Virgine (Claudio Monteverdi).

Subsequently he joined the Flanders Opera soloists 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 the main role of Roberto in Maria Stuarda. Guest engagements include invitations by the Opera House of Montpellier as Capitaine Ricardo in Chérubin (Massenet), the Royal Opera House of Wallonie/Liège as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor and Gervais in Manon by Auber. The Oberammergau-Festival invited him to sing Steuermann in Fliegende Holländer.

Denzil Delaere's 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...

Other conductors he has performed with are a.o. : 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, Cornelius Meister, Andrew Wise, Antonini Fogliani, Fabio Biondi and Alejo Perez ...

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 2022/2023, November 2022. Please contact the agency to get the latest update of the artist's biographical details.


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