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.


The season 2021-2022 will see him appearing at Grand Théâtre Geneva in a couple of characters in War and peace, the magnum opus by Prokofiev. Subsequently he will embark at the Nederlandse Reisopera for two challenging parts : Rodolfo in the successful pocket version of La Bohème and Hans in The Bartered Bride (Smetana) in a new Dutch version named Bruid te koop. In between he will sing his first Luigi (Il tabarro). The artist will return to the Flanders opera to sing Golzalve in Ravel's L'heure espagnole and the tenor solo part in Berlioz' Roméo et Juliette (both role debuts).


Brighella and Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos at Flanders Opera. Messaggero in Aïda and Pedrillo in Entführung aus dem Serail at Grand Théâtre Geneva. Janek in The Makropoulos Affair at Janacek Festival Brno. Earlier engagements at the Flanders Opera included : Prince Arjuna in Satyagraha by Philip Glass and the solo tenor part of the vocal quartet - a main character - in the world premiere of Les Bienveillantes by Hèctor Parra, a work commissioned by the Flanders Opera.

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.

The artist's calendar was quite impacted by the covid-19 crisis. Amongst his cancelled productions : Saint-François d'Assise (Frère Elie) and Turandot (Pang) at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva ; and eventually in Lodewijk Mortelmans' Kinderen der Zee (Frederik) and Parsifal (Knappe) at the ROH La Monnaie.


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 2021/2022, December 2021. Please contact the agency to get the latest update of the artist's biographical details.


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