Ulla Kudsk jensen

Ulla Kudsk jensen

Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano

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2017Nielsen: MaskaradeMagdelone
2016Nielsen: MaskaradeMagdelone
2015Janáček: JenůfaGrandmother Buryjovka
2015Wagner: Der fliegende HolländerMary
2015Handel: Messiah, HWV 56Alto
2014Gounod: Roméo et JulietteGertrude
2012Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (Revised Version)The Innkeeper
2012Wagner: Die WalküreSchwertleite
2008Britten: Peter GrimesAuntie
2006Verdi: Un ballo in mascheraUlrica (madama Arvidson)
2005Verdi: FalstaffMistress Quickly

Bio


Ulla Kudsk Jensen trained at the Music Conservatory in Aarhus and the Opera Academy in Gothenburg. She continued her studies in New York and Bayreuth, Germany. She works at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, where she currently has sung the role as Magdalone in the opera ‘Masquerade’ by the famous Danish composer, Carl Nielsen. She also sang the role as Magdalone at Den Fynske Opera in February/March 2017.

In Aarhus she recently sang the part as The Mother in Elverskud by Niels W. Gade with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Schønwandt. At the Aarhus Summer Opera, she sang the role as Granny in the brand-new opera ‘Laenker’ (Chains) by the Danish composer Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen. At Den Jyske Opera Ulla sang the part as Starenka in Jenufa.

She also sings the roles as Mary in ‘The Flying Dutchman’, Mrs. Quickly in ‘Falstaff’, Ulrica in ‘Un ballo in maschera’, Third Lady in ‘Magic Flute’, Annina in ‘La Traviata’, First Maid in ‘Elektra’, Auntie in ‘PeterGrimes’, Orfred’s Mother in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and The Innkeeper in ‘Boris Gudonov’. On the prize-winning DVD of the Wagner Copenhagen Ring, she sang the parts as both Schwertleite in ‘Die Walküre’ and Flosshilde in ‘Götterdämmerung’.


Other parts include Grimgerde in ‘Die Walküre’, Mamma Lucia in ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’, Bianca in ‘Rape of Lucretia ‘, Siebel in’ Faust ‘, Glaumvoer in ’Gudrun’s 4th song‘ and Brenda in the Poul Ruders opera ‘Dancer in the Dark’. 


With leading symphony orchestras she sings the great oratorios such as ‘Christmas Oratorio’, ‘St. John’s Passion’, ‘Mass in B-minor’ and ‘Magnificat’ by J. S. Bach, Verdi’s ‘Requiem’, Mozart’s ‘Requiem’, ‘Stabat Mater’ by Dvorak, Händel’s ‘Israel in Egypt‘, ’Judas Maccabaeus‘ and obviously ’The Messiah’.



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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Nielsen: Maskarade Magdelone Immediately Den Fynske Opera 2017
Nielsen: Maskarade Magdelone Immediately Royal Danish Opera (det Kongelige Teater) 2016
Janáček: Jenůfa Grandmother Buryjovka 24 hours Danish National Opera (den Jyske Opera) 2015
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer Mary 24 hours Royal Danish Opera (det Kongelige Teater) 2015
Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 Alto Immediately 2015