About Blake Denson
One of the most exciting vocal talents to emerge in recent seasons globally, baritone Blake Denson, is praised for his "captivating dramatic interpretations" with “a striking upper register“ and "a sound that boomed to the back of the house” (Opera Wire). Recently, Mr. Denson was named a winner of The George London Foundation, The International Concurs Tenor Viñas Competition, and the winner in The Dallas Opera National Vocal Competition. Mr. Denson was also a Grand Finalist winner of the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
In the 2022-2023 season, Mr. Denson will make his german house debut in La fanciulla del West with the Bayerische Staatsoper singing the role of Larken. Mr Denson will also be heard in many performances with the Hamburg Staatsoper as he begins his Fest with the company. He will make is debut in a new production of Carmen singing the role of Moralès while covering Escamillo. Some other important roles Mr. Denson will sing with the company in this season include: Paolo in Simon Boccanegra, Monterone in Rigoletto, Papageno in The Magic
Flute, Don Fernando in Fidelio and Angelotti in Tosca. Mr. Denson will also be making his debut with the English National Opera sing the role of Donner in their new production of Das Rheingold. Then Mr. Denson will join Washington National Opera for their production of La bohème as we he will take on the role of Shaunard. In symphonic works, Mr. Denson will sing Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen as he return home to sing with the Paducah Symphony. Mr. Denson will announce his summer engagements with Santa Opera at a later date once they are announced.
I'In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Denson will return to the Houston Grand Opera Studio where he will finish his final season with the company as a studio artist. Mr. Denson will be singing scenes from Rigoletto in the Studio Showcase. He then will sing the role of Moralès while covering the role of Escamillo. In the winter, he will sing the role of Daddy/Tim in the world premiere of The Snowy Day and sing the role of the Jailor in Dialogues of the Carmelites. In the Spring, Mr. Denson will sing the role of Gregorio in two different productions of Romeo and Juliet. For the 2022 summer, Mr. Denson will make is company debut with Des Moines Metro Opera singing the role of Jake in Porgy and Bess.
In the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Denson was a Studio Artist in the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio. He made his company debut in the Studio Scenes Showcase singing the roles of Don Giovanni, Ramiro from L’heure espagnole, and Dancaire from Carmen. He performed Father in Hansel and Gretel, covered the role of Daddy/Tim in the world premiere of The Snowy Day, and was a feature soloist in the Giving Voice Concert and Suite Española Concert. Mr. Denson also competed and was a winner in multiple competitions in the 2020-2021 season. Some of those include: The Pasadena Competition, NOA Competition, Opera Mississippi Competition, Opera Ithica, Annapolis Opera, Partners for the Arts, Gilbert and Sullivan, Orpheus Vocal Competition, and Perfect Day Music Foundation.
Mr. Denson's 2019-2020 season started with him returning to Rice University for his final year of his master’s program at the Shepherd's School of Music. He competed and was named a second-place winner for the Houston Saegebund Vocal Competition. In the summer of 2019 Mr. Denson was a member of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio program where he covered the title role of Emperor Kaiser in Emperor Kaiser der von Atlantis and Pierot in L'île de Merlin. He returned to Wolf Trap Opera for the 2020 summer season to perform as Captain in Eugene Onegin, covering Marcello in La bohème, and the title role of Onegin in Eugene Onegin. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, Mr. Denson was not able to perform these roles but did attend the Wolf Trap Opera 2020 summer and performed video recorded scenes from Eugene Onegin, La bohème, and The Crucible.
The 2018-2019 season included him earning his bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Kentucky. While at the University of Kentucky he performed in productions such as Joe in Show Boat and Dottore Grenvil in La traviata. Mr. Denson also workshopped and starred in the world premiere of Bounce the Basketball Opera composed by the late Glen Roven. Shortly after graduating from the University of Kentucky he participated in the Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Vocal Academy. Other highlights of the 2018-2019 season included his debut with the Shepherd School of Music Opera at Rice University. He performed in their production of La Calisto as Mercurio as well as Elder McLean in Susannah.
Mr. Denson is a native of Paducah, Kentucky but currently resides in Houston, Texas with his family. He is a proud Christian man that loves to spend time with his family. Mr. Denson is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. by way the EXalted Epsilon Chi chapter at the University of Kentucky. Mr. Denson uses his gifts and influence to present the same grace, love, and hope that was given to him through Jesus Christ. He is grateful and thankful for every one that has poured into his life.