German lyric baritone Dennis Chmelensky is renowned for his “strikingly individual timbre” (Philadelphia Magazine), “his moving, rich baritone accompanied by real acting” (Phindie), and commitment to varied repertoire, from opera and lieder to chamber music and contemporary music.
Highlights of Chmelensky’s 2019-20 season showcase this commitment with performances of Ned Rorem’s Aftermath, Beethoven’s folk song arrangements and selected songs by Franz Schubert across Europe, including Athens, Paris and Berlin, as well as a debut appearance in Japan as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus in 2020.
A Berlin-native, Chmelensky’s love for lieder has led him on a three year journey from 2016-2019 performing Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch across the United States. He participated in the Franz Schubert Institut Baden bei Wien as a Young Artist in 2015 and 2017, and was a grant recipient of the Gerda Lissner Liederkranz Foundation NYC in 2016. On the concert stage, Chmelensky performed Mahler’s Rückert and Kindertotenlieder with players of the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Slowik in 2019. He has also appeared with the Kammersymphonie Berlin, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Staatskapelle Berlin, Nürnberger Symphoniker and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in notable venues such as Verizon Hall, Gewandhaus Leipzig, and Carnegie Hall.
Chmelensky most recently performed the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni under Karina Canellakis’ leadership in Philadelphia. He also sang the role in Mexico City and León, Guanajuato under the baton of Gustavo Rivero-Weber in 2019. Chmelensky's notable roles include Junior in A Quiet Place, Paul in Empty the House, Golaud in Impressions of Pelléas, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Junius in Rape of Lucretia, the Clock in L’enfant, and Schaunard in La Bohème. Chmelensky was awarded scholarships from various foundations including the Bürgerstiftung Siegen (2013-18) and the Richard Wagner Society in Berlin (2013).
His debut album, DENNIS, was released in 2009 by Sony Music. He attended the University of the Arts and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Marlena Malas and Mikael Eliasen.
Chmelensky is the recipient of a 2019 Opera Awards Career Grant.