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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    Handel: Ottone / King, Bowman, Mcfadden, Smith, Denley
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44511 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Jennifer Smith,  Claron McFadden,  Dominique Visse,  Catherine Denley  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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    Handel: Jephtha / Oelze, Ainsley, Creed
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94668 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Catherine Denley,  Michael George,  Axel Köhler,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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    Handel: Hercules / Gardiner, Tomlinson, Rolfe-Johnson
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 423137 Release Date: 05/05/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Catherine Denley,  Jennifer Smith,  Sarah Walker,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Handel: Coronation Anthems / Marriner, Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802016 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Catherine Denley,  Joan Rodgers,  Alastair Ross,  Robert Dean  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
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    Haydn: Die Schopfung / Marriner, Mathis, Fischer-Dieskau, ASMF
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416449 Release Date: 07/15/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Aldo Baldin,  Catherine Denley,  Edith Mathis
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 6.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote Highlights / Roger Norrington
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54492 Release Date: 09/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Catherine Denley,  Nancy Argenta,  Eirian James,  Guy de Mey  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Heinrich Schütz Choir,  London Classical Players
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    The Bach Collection / Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16072 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gillian Fisher,  David James,  Ian Partridge,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Symphony of Harmony and Invention,  The Sixteen
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    Monteverdi: L'incoronazione Di Poppea / Hickox, Auger, Jones
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 45082 Release Date: 08/07/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Della Jones,  Linda Hirst,  Gregory Reinhart,  Samuel Linay  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Baroque Sinfonia
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    Handel - The Masterworks [30 CDs]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001275302 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Paul Harvey,  Alison Hagley,  Susan Gritton,  Andreas Scholl  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Players,  Gabrieli Consort,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Handel: Semele, Israel In Egypt, Zadok The Priest, La Resurrezione / Gardiner, Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 469611 Release Date: 02/17/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens,  Guy de Mey,  Nancy Argenta,  Guillemette Laurens  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman,  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Monteverdi Choir,  Monteverdi Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: (Die) Zauberflöte
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 482073 Release Date: 01/13/2008  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  Tessa Bonner,  Olaf Bär,  Catherine Denley  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Schütz Choir,  London Classical Players
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    Handel: Water Music, Concerti Grossi Op. 3, Israel In Egypt, Semele / Gardiner
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4698385 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Robert Lloyd,  Della Jones,  Patrizia Kwella,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Monteverdi Orchestra
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    Haydn: The Complete Mass Edition / Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 734 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Janice Watson,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Susan Gritton,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90,  Collegium Musicum 90 Choir
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    Bach: Mass In B Minor / The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16044 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Catherine Denley,  James Bowman,  John Mark Ainsley,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  The Symphony of Harmony and Invention
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    Schubert: The Complete Songs
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44201/40 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ludwig Berger  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Christine Schäfer,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers,  London Schubert Chorale,  New Company Singers
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    Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music / King, King's Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44171 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giovanni Maria Ruggieri
    Performer:  Carolyn Sampson,  Robert Evans,  Daniel Auchincloss,  Cecilia Osmond  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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    Sullivan: The Prodigal Son, Etc /Corp, Rutter, Denley, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67423 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
    Performer:  Catherine Denley,  Mark Wilde,  Claire Rutter,  Garry Magee
    Conductor:  Ronald Corp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra,  London Chorus
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    Handel: Il Duello Amoroso / Darlow, London Handel Orchestra
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55136 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Patrizia Kwella,  Gillian Fisher,  Catherine Denley
    Conductor:  Denys Darlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Handel Orchestra
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    The Compact Opera Collection - Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470573 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ruggero Raimondi,  Agnes Baltsa,  Felicity Palmer,  Robert Lloyd  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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    Dupré: La France Au Calvaire;  Messiaen, Et Al / Backhouse
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7239 Release Date: 12/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen,  Jehan-Ariste Alain,  Jean Langlais,  Marcel Dupré
    Performer:  Jeremy Filsell,  Catherine Denley,  Helen Neeves,  Colin Campbell  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
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    Veritas - Monteverdi: L'incoronazione Di Poppea / Hickox
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 61783 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Juliet Booth,  Arleen Augér,  Janice Watson,  John Graham-Hall  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Baroque Sinfonia
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    Telemann: Die Donner Ode, Deus Judicium Tuum
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 548 Release Date: 05/23/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Catherine Denley,  Stephen Roberts,  Michael George,  Patrizia Kwella
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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    Haydn: Paukenmesse, Etc / Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 633 Release Date: 01/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  Stephen Varcoe,  Catherine Denley,  Mark Padmore
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 24.
    The Hyperion Schubert Edition - Complete Songs Vol 31
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 33031 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Christine Brewer,  Paul Robinson,  Catherine Denley  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
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    Handel: Alexander Balus / King's Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67241/2 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Michael George,  Catherine Denley,  Charles Daniels,  Claron McFadden  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort,  Oxford New College Choir
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