Denis Velev, Bass


Lichtentaler Str. 13
D 76530 Baden - Baden, Germany
Tel. +49 7221 9029655

Denis Velev is a member of the ensemble at the Theater Dortmund where his roles include Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Sarastro, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cardinal Jean-François de Brogni in La Juive and Hunding in Die Walküre.

In the season 2022/23 he will also make his debuts as Heinrich der Vogler in Lohengrin and Fafner in Siegfried at the Theater Dortmund, and, at the Lithuanian National Opera in Vilnius, he makes his house debut as De Brogni in La Juive.

From 2016 to 2018 he was a scholarship holder of the Körber Foundation and joined the International Opera Studio of the Hamburg State Opera. 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 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 has returned to the Hamburg State Opera as a guest to sing the Theaterdirektor in Lulu, Il Conte di Ribbing in Un ballo in maschera and to cover Zaccaria in Nabucco.

In 2018 Denis Velev was invited by the Theater Lübeck to sing Sarastro in their premiere of Die Zauberflöte and returned 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.

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.

In 2015 he graduated from GITIS and entered Galina Vishnevskaya's Opera Center.

Further to his musical studies Denis Velev studied law the Law Academy of Ufa, Russia, making his master’s degree in June 2015.


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Daniel-François-Esprit Auber
La muette de Portici – Selva
Theater Dortmund
Alban Berg
Lulu – Theaterdirektor
Staatsoper Hamburg
Hector Berlioz
Les Troyens – Priam
Staatsoper Hamburg
Benjamin Britten
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Snug
Staatsoper Hamburg
Georges Bizet
Carmen – Zuniga
Staatsoper Hamburg
Philip Glass
Echnaton – Aye
Theater Dortmund
Fromenthal Halévy
La Juive – Cardinal Jean-François de Brogni
Theater Dortmund, Lithuanian National Opera Vilnius
Claudio Monteverdi
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria – Il Tempo / Antinoo
Staatsoper Hamburg
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Die Entführung aus dem Serail – Osmin
Theater Dortmund
Die Zauberflöte – Sarastro
Staatsoper Hamburg, Theater Lübeck, Theater Dortmund
Modest Mussorgsky
Boris Godunov – Pimen
Theater Lübeck
Giacomo Puccini
Madama Butterfly – Lo zio Bonzo
Theater Dortmund
Tosca – Sagrestano
Theater Dortmund
Gioachino Rossini
Il barbiere di Siviglia – Don Basilio
Theater Dortmund
Camille Saint-Saëns
Frédégonde – Prétextat
Theater Dortmund
Gaspare Spontini
Fernand Cortez, ou La conquête du Mexique – Le grand-prêtre des Mexicains
Theater Dortmund
Richard Strauss
Ariadne auf Naxos – Truffaldino
Theater Dortmund
Salome – 2. Soldat
Staatsoper Hamburg
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Yevgeny Onegin (Eugene Onegin) – Gremin
Staatsoper Hamburg (cover), Bolshoi Theatre Moscow
Giuseppe Verdi
Aida – Il Re
Theater Dortmund
Un ballo in maschera – Il Conte di Ribbing
Staatsoper Hamburg
Nabucco – Zaccaria (cover)
Staatsoper Hamburg
Otello – Lodovico
Staatsoper Hamburg
Richard Wagner
Lohengrin – Heinrich der Vogler
Theater Dortmund
Parsifal – 2. Gralsritter
Staatsoper Hamburg
Das Rheingold – Fasolt
Staatsoper Hamburg
Siegfried – Fafner
Theater Dortmund
Die Walküre – Hunding
Theater Dortmund