Who are we?

Tine Topsøe

was educated at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater i Hamborg. In 2011 she completed her opera director studies with Britten’s ”The Rape of Lucretia” which was produced in cooperation with the Hamburg State Opera.

Since her graduation Tine has directed several operas, operettas and Singspiele both in Denmark and abroad, including “The Ugly Duckling” at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, “Acis and Galatea” at Confidencen in Stockholm, which was broadcast on SVT, “Orfeo ed Euridoce” for Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Opera and “The Martyrdom” at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen.

Tine has created and directed several shows for Copenhagen Opera Festival of which “I Pagliacci”, “La Traviata”, “King Harald’s Saga” and the “Pop-up Opera Bike” were designed to be played amongst audiences on squares and in parks.

In 2019 Tine received a work grant for performing arts from the Danish Arts Foundation

James Sherlock

is a British/Irish conductor and pianist. After performing worldwide as a pianist, he trained as a conductor at the Sibelius Academy and fell in love with the Nordic region, where he now lives and works!

This season he conducts the orchestras of Joensuu, Lahti and Vaasa, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Radio Choir (DR VokalEnsemblet), as well as tours with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra and BBC Singers.

Beginning his conducting work as an assistant conductor at the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Danish Opera and Opéra de Paris, he has a particular love for the voice, and so he works regularly on the concert stage alongside star singers in various genres, such as Angelika Kirchschlager, Dame Felicity Lott and Dame Shirley Bassey.

James studied at Trinity College Cambridge, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Georg Solti Accademia, before completing his studies with Sakari Oramo, Hannu Lintu, Atso Almila and of course Maestro Jorma Panula.

He has won top prizes at the Royal Overseas League Competition, the Das Lied International Song Competition, BBC Performing Arts Trust, and the Award for Young Concert Artists.

Dénise Beck

is a soprano born and raised in Denmark, who studied at the Univ. of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, lives in Berlin and works internationally as an operasinger and performer.

She had her Debut at the Volksoper Wien in 2009 and directly hereafter went to Salzburg to sing „Blondchen“ in Mozarts „Die Entführung aus dem Serrail". Since then her career has brought to Bregenzer Festspiele, Opera City Tokio, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Wien, Opera Nacional de Brasil, Oslo Opera og Ballet, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Staatsoper Berlin and many more.

She has performed many diffent roles, styles and genres. Among her favorites are „Pamina“ from „Zauberflöte“ and „Konstanze“ from „Die Entführung aus dem Serrail“ by W.A. Mozart, „Grethel“ in Humperdincks „Hänsel und Grethel“, „Sophie Scholl“ in Udo Zimmermanns „Die Weisse Rose“, „Gepopo“ in Ligetis „Grand Macabre“, „Gulnare“ in Hornemanns „Aladdin“ and many more.

Dénise can be heard on several recordings, among others she portrayed „Leonora“ in Nielsens „Maskarade“, „Souzon“ in Schierbecks „Fete Galante“ as well as „Gulnare“ in Hornemanns „Aladdin“ all conducted by Michael Schönwandt and with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Her latest Album with a portrait of Poul Schierbeck as a Liedkomposer will appear in Fall 2022.

Denise has received several awards, among others the Sonning Talentprize, The Inga Nielsen Prize, the P2 Talentprize and in December 2021 she was knighted by her Majesty Queen Margrethe the II.