Denes Striny

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Denes Striny was born in St. Paul, Minn. He attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he received his B.M. and M.M. degrees. From there he went on to become the Head of the Music Department at Trinity College, also in Washington, D.C., and the Music Director of the Cathedral of Northern Virginia.

Following an apprenticeship with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, he moved to New York City to pursue a career as a professional opera singer. At the same time he started his New York Vocal Studio.

Striny has sung leading tenor roles in most of the major opera houses in the United States. He made his European debut with England's Opera North as Walther to great critical acclaim. Mr. Striny has also sung throughout Germany, Japan, and Australia. For his role in Carmen, the newspaper The Australian wrote: "Tenor Denes Striny's Jose was a knockout!" And the Australian Daily Mirror wrote: "Denes Striny and Maria Ewing provided a thrilling and unforgettable night out." The London Financial Times called him "a gutsy clear-voiced tenor," and Opera News called him "a robust and clarion Radames."

Striny's Vocal Studio is producing some of the country's most exciting young singers. His student, Lauren Flanigan, after scoring a major triumph singing Verdi's I Lombardi at the MET with Luciano Pavarotti (Live from the MET Video), has gone on to thrill opera audiences throughout the world. Baritone Eugene Perry, is one of this country's leading singers, having starred in most of Peter Seller's controversial productions (also on video). Stephanie Friede, soprano, will be singing this year at the Zürich Opera, Munich Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Brussels, Geneva Opera, and Bayreuth. Soprano Nina Edwards, just sang Aida with the Rome Opera, and goes on to sing this same role in Buenas Aires. Carmen Balthrop sings throughout the U.S. including the Metropolitan Opera, in opera, concert, and recital. Armando Mora, tenor, just completed Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly with the New York City Opera, and is currently doing Calaf and Radames in South Africa. Alexandra Hughes, mezzo, just sang a concert with James Conlon in Aspen, Colorado, and is doing the San Francisco Opera Ring Cycle. MET Soprano, Carol Yahr, is currently singing Isolde in Hawaii and in Prague. Many other students in the major opera houses in the U.S. and Europe, include Carolyn James, noted MET and Lucy Shelton, champion of New Music for the past two decades.

Denes Striny sings Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
In RA Format

Denes Striny sings La Gioconda: Enzo Grimaldo, with Joe Shore
In RA Format
I would like to thank Thomas Silverboerg for the recording (Gioconda).

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