Winner of the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 25year old baritone Blake Denson has been praised for his “striking upper register” and his “sound that boomed to the back of the house.” Opera Wire. Denson is a member of the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio, after being offered a place in every single major young artist programme in the US.
His roles in his first years in Houston included Morales Carmen, Peter Hansel und Gretel, Daddy/Tim Snowy Day. In the 2021/22 season he can be seen as Gregorio Roméo et Juliette and Jailor Dialogues des Carmélites. Next season Denson will make his company debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in La Fanciulla del West and as Angelottiin a new production of Tosca at Santa Fe.
Denson is an alumnus of Wolf Trap Opera, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and the University of Kentucky. His awards include Grand Finalist Winner of the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, First Prize / Legacy Award at the National Opera Association, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston, the Orpheus Vocal Competition, the Perfect Day competition and the Pasadena Vocal Competition.
OperaWire, March 2020
"Baritone Blake Denson... was the most promising of the quintet of winners."..."He began with Rodrigue’s aria “Ah, je meurs, l‘âme joyeuse” from Verdi’s “Don Carlos, captivating the audience with his dramatic interpretation and striking upper register, which boomed to the back of the house. His second choice, “Oh, Lawd Jesus, hear my prayer” from Gruenberg’s seldom-seen “The Emperor Jones” was just as exciting. If Denson plays his cards right, he could be en route to a successful career."