Denis Velev is a member of the ensemble at the Theater Dortmund where his roles in the 2019/20 season include Lo zio Bonzo in the premiere of Madama Butterfly, Selva in Auber’s La muette de Portici and Le grand-prêtre des Mexicains in Fernand Cortez, ou La conquête du Mexique by Gaspare Spontini. Later on, this season, he will return to the Hamburg State Opera to sing the Theaterdirektor in the revival Lulu.
In occasion of his first audition ever, Denis Velev was accepted by the Hamburg State Opera for the International Opera Studio in the 2016/17 season. During his two-year membership in this prestigious program he has been increasingly entrusted with bigger roles such as Il tempo and Antinoo in Willy Decker’s new production of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Snug in a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fasolt in Das Rheingold and Lodovico in Otello. Since then he is a regular guest at the Hamburg State Opera.
In April 2018 Denis Velev was invited by the Theater Lübeck to sing Sarastro in their premiere of Die Zauberflöte and has returned to Lübeck in the season 2018/19 for a new production of Boris Godunov as Pimen.
Born in 1992 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Denis Velev moved to Orenburg, Russia, with his family in 1996. At the age of 6 he started receiving piano lessons and took up singing in a children’s choir, where, at the age of 12, he sang his first roles as a soloist. He won several prizes in competitions for children and continued singing in the choir until his voice changed.
In 2012 he began his musical education being admitted to the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) in Moscow directly into the second year of study. While studying opera singing he also performed as an actor in theater works by Shakespeare, Ostrowski, Chekhov and Dostoyevsky. His education included stage movement and speech, acting, dancing, History of Music, Literature, and singing with State Artist Tamara Siniavskaya.
Also, during his studies, he made his debut at Moscow’s Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre, singing in the Die Zauberflöte, Il matrimonio segreto (Cimarosa) and Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck).
In 2015 he graduated from GITIS and entered Galina Vishnevskaya's Opera Center, singing in Iolanta (Tchaikovsky), The Tsar's Bride (Rimsky-Korsakov), Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), and Rigoletto (Verdi).
Further to his musical studies Denis Velev studied law the Law Academy of Ufa, Russia, making his master’s degree in June 2015.