Catherine Denley

Biography

Born: Oundle, Northamptonshire  
Catherine Denley is a successful English mezzo-soprano who has concentrated, in the earlier part of her career, on oratorio performance.

She grew up in her home town and began to learn to thing there. She graduated from Trinity College of Music in London. After graduation, she obtained a full-time job in the BBC Singers, but soon found it possible to leave that group to pursue her full-time solo career.

She is married to Miles
Read more Golding, a violinist. They live in Hertfordshire, England.

She records for Hyperion Records where her credits reflect her emphasis in oratorio performance. In addition to three sets of Vivaldi sacred music on that label she has sung on a disc of American choral music, the Bruckner Requiem, and six Handel oratorios, Alexander Balus, Deborah, Joseph and His Brethren, Judas Maccabaeus, Messiah, and Ottone. However, she has also participated on that label's complete Schubert song series, appearing on four discs.

Live performances include Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Salzburg and Innsbruck), St. Matthew Passion at the Barbican Centre in London and Canterbury Cathedral and B minor Mass with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Her many Handel performances include Jephta and Judas Maccabaeus with the RIAS in Berlin, Messiah at the Barbican and in Macau, La Resurrezione in Paris with Les Musiciens du Louvre, Solomon on Berlin radio, and Deborah at a Promenade Concert in London. She has sung Vivaldi's Gloria with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

More recent works on her concert repertory include Mahler's Eight Symphony, which she sang at Wells Cathedral, Beethoven's Ninth under John Eliot Gardiner in Japan, Mahler's Ninth on Dublin TV with Owain Arwel Hughes conducting, Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's Faust with Franz Welser-Möst and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall, Britten's Spring Symphony with Kent Nagano conducting the Hallé Orchestra, and Mozart's Requiem in London's Royal Festival Hall, Finland, and Spain.

She has appeared on British Channel 4's "Maestro" series singing Vivaldi arias and appeared at the Festival of Flanders and the Edinburgh Festival.

Despite the emphasis on oratorio performance, she has begun appearing in operas, mostly from the early performance repertory. These include Handel's Ezio at the Théâtre du Champs-Elysée in Paris and the part of Juno in the Hallé (Germany) Opernhaus in Handel's Semele. She has also performed in the U.S., Canada, Israel, China, the Czech Republic, and the Ukraine. Read less

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Born: Oundle, Northamptonshire  
Catherine Denley is a successful English mezzo-soprano who has concentrated, in the earlier part of her career, on oratorio performance.

She grew up in her home town and began to learn to thing there. She graduated from Trinity College of Music in London. After graduation, she obtained a full-time job in the BBC Singers, but soon found it possible to leave that group to pursue her full-time solo career.

She is married to Miles
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Overture
"Cinque... deci... venti..." - "Cosa stai misurando"
"Se a caso Madama" - "Or bene, ascolta, e taci"
"Se vuol ballare" - "Ed aspettaste il giorno"
"La vendetta" - "Tutto ancor non ho perso"
"Via resti servita" - "Va là, vecchia pedante"
"Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio"
"Ah, son perduto!"
"Cosa sento! tosto andate" - "Basilio, in traccia tosto"
"Giovani liete" - "Cos'è questa commedia?" - "Giovani liete" - "Evviva!"
"Non più andrai"
"Porgi amor"
"Vieni, cara Susanna" - "Quanto duolmi, Susanna"
"Voi che sapete" - "Bravo! che bella voce!"
"Venite... inginocchiatevi..."
"Quante buffonerie!"
"Che novità!"
"Susanna, or via, sortite" - "Dunque, voi non aprite"
"Aprite, presto" - "O guarda il demonietto!" - "Tutto è come io lasciai"
"Esci, ormai, garzon malnato" - "Susanna!... Signore!"
"Signore, di fuori" - "Ah! signore... signor!"
"Voi signor, che giusto siete"
"Che imbarazzo è mai questo" - "Via, fatti core"
"Crudel! perché finora" - "E perché fosti meco"
"Hai già vinta la causa" - "Vedrò mentr'io sospiro"
"E decisa la lite"
"Riconosci in questo amplesso" - "Eccovi, o caro amico" - "Andiamo, andiam, bel paggio"
"E Susanna non vien!" - "Dove sono i bei momenti"
"Io vi dico, signor" - "Cosa mi narri!"
"Che soave zeffiretto" - "Piegato è il foglio..."
"Ricevete, o padroncina" - "Queste sono, Madama"
"Ecco la marcia... andiamo." - "Amanti costanti"
Fandango - "Eh già, solita usanza"
"L'ho perduta... me meschina!"
"Barbarina, cos'hai?" - "Madre... Figlio." - "Presto, avvertiam Susanna"
"Il capro e la capretta"
"Nel padiglione a manca"
"In quegli anni in cui val poco"
"Tutto è disposto" - "Aprite un po' quegli occhi"
"Signora, ella mi disse"
"Giunse alfin il momento" - "Deh vieni non tardar"
"Perfida! e in quella forma meco mentia?"
"Pian pianin le andrò più presso"
"Tutto è tranquillo e placido" - "Pace, pace mio dolce tesoro"
"Gente, gente, all'armi"
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Prologue: Sinfonia
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 1 - E pur'io torno qui
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 2 - Chi parla? chi parla?
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 3 - Signor, deh, non partire!
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 4 - Speranza, tu mi vai il cor accarezzando
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 5 - Disprezzata Regina
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 6 - Ecco la sconsolata donna
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 7 - Le porpore regali
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 8 - Seneca, io miro in cielo
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 9 - Son risoluto alfine, o Seneca
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 10 - Come dolci, Signor, come soavi
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 11 - Ad altri tocca in sorte
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 12 - Otton, torna in te stesso
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 13 - Pur sempre di Poppea
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 1 - Solitudine amata
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 2 - Il comando tiranno
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 3 - Amici, ègiunta l'hora
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 5 - Sento un certo non so che
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 6 - Hor che Seneca è morto
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 8 - I miei subiti sdegni
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 9 - Tu che dagli avi miei
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 10 - Felice cor mio
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 11 - Io non so dov'io vada
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 12 - Hor che Seneca è morto
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 13 - Dorme, l'incauta dorme
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 14 - Eccomi trasformato
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 1 - O felice Drusilla
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 2 - Ecco la scelerata
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 3 - Signor, ecco la rea
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 4 - No, no, questa sentenza cada sopra di me
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 5 - Signor, hoggi rinasco
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 6 - Hoggi sarà Poppea di Roma imperatrice
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 7 - A Dio, Roma!
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three, Scene 8: Ascendi, a mio diletta
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three, Scene 8: A te sovrana augusta
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three, Scene 8: Io mi compiacio
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three, Scene 8: Pur ti miro
Part I: Wie ist dein Name so gross (Choir)
Part I: Bringt her, ihr Helden aus gottlichem Samen (Soprano)
Part I: Fallt vor ihm hin (Alto)
Part I: Die Stimme Gottes erschuttert die Meere (Tenor)
Part I: Die Stimme Gottes zerschemettert die Zedern (Bass 1)
Part I: Sie sturzt die stolzen Gebirge zusammen (Bass 2)
Part I: Er donnert, dass er verherrlichet werde (Bass 1 and 2)
Part II: Mein Herz ist voll, vom Geiste Gottes erhoben (Choir)
Part II: Schonster von allen Geschlechten (Soprano)
Part II: Gurt an dein Schwert! (Bass 1)
Part II: Scharf sind deine Geschosse (Bass 2)
Part II: Dein Zepter ist ein richtig Zepter (Choir)
Part II: Deines Namens, des herrlichen (Tenor)
Part II: Dein Nam' ist zuckersuss Honig im Munde (Choir)
Part II: Wie ist dein Name so gross (Choir)
Deus, judicium tuum regi da (Choir)
Suscipiant montes pacem populo (Soprano)
Et permanebit eum sole (Bass)
Descendet sicut pluvia in vellus (Tenor)
Et dominabitur a mari usque ad mare (Choir)
Coram illo procident Aethiopes (Bass)
Et adorabunt eum omnes reges terrae - (Soprano)
Parcet pauperi et inopi (Soprano 1 and 2)
Benedictus Dominus, Deus Israel (Choir)
Kyrie
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo -
Gloria: Qui tollis peccata mundi -
Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Credo: Credo in unum Deum -
Credo: Et incarnatus est -
Credo: Et resurrexit
Sanctus
Benedictus
Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei -
Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem
Overture
Recit. acc. "See with what sad dejection"
Aria: "No longer, Fate, relentless frown"
Recit. acc: "O Herkules!" - Aria: "The world, when day's career is run"
Recit: "Princess! be comforted, and hope the best"
Aria: "I feel, I feel the god"
Recit: "Then I am lost!" - Aria:"There in myrtle .."
Recit: "Despair not!" - Aria: "Where congealed the northern streams"
Chorus: "O filial piety! O generous love!"
Recit: "Banish your fears!" - Aria: "Begone, my fears"
Recit: "A train of captives, red with honest wounds"
March
Recit: "Thanks to the powers above"
Aria: "My father! Ah! methinks I see"
Recit: "Now farewell, arms!" - Aria: "The god of battle quits the boody field"
Chorus: "Crown with festal pomp the day"
Aria: "How blest the maid ordained to dwell"
Recit: "It must be so!"- Aria: "When beauty sorrow's"
Recit: "Whence this unjust suspicion?"
Aria: "Ah! think what ills the jealous prove"
Recit: "It is too sure that Hercules is false"
Chorus: "Jealousy! Infernal pest"
Recit: "She knows my passion"
Aria: "From celestial seats descending"
Chorus: "Wanton god of amorous fires"
Recit: "Yes, I congratulate" - Aria: "Alcides' name"
Recit: "O glorious pattern" - Aria: "Resign thy club"
Recit: "You are deceived! Some villain has belied"
Aria: "Cease, ruler of the day, to rise"
Recit: "Some kinder power inspire me to regain"
Duet: "Joys of freedom, joys of power"
Recit: Father of Hercules" - Chorus: "Love and Hymen"
Sinfonia
Recit: "Ye sons of Trachin, mourn you valiant chief"
Aria: "O scene of unexampled woe"
Chorus: "Tyrants now no more shall dread"
Recit. acc: "O Jove! what land is this"
Recit: "Great Jove! relieve his pains!"
Aria: "Let not fame the tidings spread"
Recit. acc: "Where shall I fly?"
Recit: "Lo! the fair fatal cause of all this ruin!"
Aria: "My breast with tender pity swells"
Recit: "Princess, rejoice! whose heaven-directed hand"
Recit: "Words are too faint"
Duet: "O prince, whose virtues all admire"
Recit: "Ye sons of freedom" - Chorus: "To him your grateful notes of praise belong"
Kyrie eleison (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Christe eleison (Soprano)
Kyrie eleison (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Gloria in excelsis Deo (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Et in terra pax (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Laudamus te (Soprano)
Gratias agimus tibi (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Domine Deus (Soprano, Tenor)
Qui tollis peccata mundi (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Qui sedes ad dextram Patris (Alto)
Quoniam tu solus Sanctus (Bass)
Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Credo in unum Deum (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Et in unum Dominum (Soprano, Alto)
Et incarnatus est (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Crucifixus (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Et resurrexit (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Et in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum (Bass)
Confiteor unum baptisma (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Sanctus (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Osanna (Double Chorus)
Benedictus (Tenor)
Osanna (Double Chorus)
Agnus Dei (Alto)
Dona nobis pacem (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Overture
Menuet
Act I Scene 1: Accompagnato: It must be so (Zebul)
Act I Scene 1: Air: Pour forth no more unheeded prayr's (Zebul)
Act I Scene 1: No more to Ammon's god and king (Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Recitative: But Jephtha comes (Zebul, Jephtha)
Act I Scene 2: Air: Virtue my soul shall still embrace (Jephtha)
Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Twill be a painful separation (Storge)
Act I Scene 2: Air: In gentle murmurs will I mourn (Storge)
Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Happy this embassy, my charming Iphis (Hamor)
Act I Scene 3: Air: Dull delay, in piercing anguish (Hamor)
Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Ill suits the voice of love (Iphis)
Act I Scene 3: Air: Take the heart you fondly gave (Iphis)
Act I Scene 3: Recitative: I go, my soul (Hamor)
Act I Scene 3: Duet: These labours past, how happy we (Iphis, Hamor)
Act I Scene 4: Recitative: What mean these doubtful fancies (Jephtha)
Act I Scene 4: Accompagnato: If, Lord, sustain'd by thy almighty pow'r - Tis said. Attend, ye Chiefs (Jephtha)
Act I Scene 4: O God, behold our sore distress (Chorus)
Act I Scene 5: Recitative: Some dire event hangs o'er our heads (Storge)
Act I Scene 5: Air: Scenes of horror, scenes of woe (Storge)
Act I Scene 6: Recitative: Say, my dear mother (Iphis, Storge)
Act I Scene 6: Air: The smiling dawn of happy days (Iphis)
Act I Scene 7: Recitative: Such, Jephtha, was the haughty king's reply (Zebul, Jephtha)
Act I Scene 7: When his loud voice in thunder spoke (Chorus)
Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Glad tidings of great joy (Hamor)
Act II Scene 1: Cherub and Seraphim, unbodied forms (Chorus)
Act II Scene 1: Air: Up the dreadful steep ascending (Hamor)
Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Tis well. Haste, haste, ye maidens (Iphis)
Act II Scene 1: Air: Tune the soft melodious lute (Iphis)
Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Heav'n smiles once more (Jephtha)
Act II Scene 2: Air: His mighty arm (Jephtha)
Act II Scene 2: In glory high (Chorus)
Act II Scene 3: Symphony
Act II Scene 3: Hail, glorious conqueror! (Iphis)
Act II Scene 3: Air and Chorus: Welcome, as the cheerful light ... Welcome thou, whose deeds conspire (Iphis, Chorus)
Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Horror! Confusion! (Jephtha)
Act II Scene 3: Air: Open thy marble jaws, O tomb (Jephtha)
Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Why is my brother thus afflicted? (Zebul, Jephtha)
Act II Scene 3: Accompagnato and Arioso: First perish thou - Let other creatures (Storge)
Act II Scene 3: Recitative: If such thy cruel purpose (Hamor)
Act II Scene 3: Air: On me let blind mistaken zeal (Hamor)
Act II Scene 3: Quartet: O spare your daughter! (Storge, Hamor, Jephtha, Zebul)
Act II Scene 4: Recitative: Such news flies swift (Iphis)
Act II Scene 4: Accompagnato: For joys so vast (Iphis)
Act II Scene 4: Air: Happy they! (Iphis)
Act II Scene 4: Accompagnato: Deeper and deeper still (Jephtha)
Act II Scene 4: How dark, O Lord, are thy decrees! (Chorus)
Act III Scene 1: Arioso: Hide thou thy hated beams (Jephtha)
Act III Scene 1: Accompagnato: A father, off'ring up (Jephtha)
Act III Scene 1: Air: Waft her, angels (Jephtha)
Act III Scene 1: Accompagnato: Ye sacred priests (Iphis)
Act III Scene 1: Air: Farewell, ye limpid springs (Iphis)
Act III Scene 1: Doubtful fear and reverend awe (Chorus)
Act III Scene 1: Symphony
Act III Scene 1: Recitative: Rise, Jephtha (Angel)
Act III Scene 1: Air: Happy, Iphis, shalt thou live (Angel)
Act III Scene 1: Arioso: For ever blessed be (Jephtha)
Act III Scene 1: Theme sublime (Chorus)
Act III Scene 2: Recitative: Let me congratulate (Zebul)
Act III Scene 2: Air: Laud her, all ye virgin train (Zebul)
Act III Scene 2: Recitative: O let me fold thee (Storge)
Act III Scene 2: Air: Sweet as sight to the blind (Storge)
Act III Scene 2: Recitative: With transport, Iphis (Hamor)
Act III Scene 2: Recitative: My faithful Hamor (Iphis)
Act III Scene 2: Quintet: All that is in Hamor mine (Iphis, Hamor, Storge, Jephtha, Zebul)
Act III Scene 2: Ye house of Gilead (Chorus)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica: Toccata
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Prologo: Ritornello: Dal moi Permesso amato a voi ne vengo (Orchestra/La Musica)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 1: In questo lieto (Pastore)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 1: Vieni Imeneo deh vieni...Muse, honor di Parnasso (Coro/Ninfa)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 1: Lasciate i monti...Ma tu gentil (Coro/Pastore)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 1: Rosa del ciel...Io non dir (Orfeo/Euridice)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 1: Lasciate i monti (Coro)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 1: Vieni Imeneo (Coro)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 1: Ma s'il nostro gioir (Pastore)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 1: Alcun no sia (Pastori I, III)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 1: Che poi che nembo (Ninfa/Pastori II, IV)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 1: E dopo l'aspro (Pastore/Coro)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 2: Sinfonia: Ecco pur ch'a voi ritorno (Orchestra/Orfeo/Pastori I, III/Coro)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 2: Mira, deh mira (Messagiera/Pastori II, III/Orfeo)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 2: Tu sei morta (Orfeo)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 2: Ahi, caso acerbo! (Coro)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 2: Chi ne consola, ahi lassi? (Pastori I, III)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 2: Ahi, caso acerbo! (Coro/Pastori I, III)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 5: Ritornello ... Questi i campi di Tracia (Orchestyra/Orfeo/Eco)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 5: Ma tu anima mia (Orfeo)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 5: Sinfonia ...Perch'a lo sdegno (Orchestra/Apollo/Orfeo)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 5: Ritornello ... Vanne Orfeo (Orchestra/Coro)
L'Orfeo, favola in musica, Act 5: Moresca (Orchestra)


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