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Denise Seyhan’s mature dramatic mezzo has been characterized as warm and sparkling in all ranges and has a unique timbre. Due to her open mindedness and joy of acting, she can get into the spirit of even unusual directing concepts. “She’s an outstanding singer and an excellent actress “. (Elias Grandy).

Born in Germany, with Turkish heritage, Denise graduated in classical vocal studies from Musikhochschule Karlsruhe as a soprano, continued private studies with Gabriele Kniesel and changed back to mezzosoprano. She deepened her training in the Italian bel canto technique with Walter Donati and Anna Rita Esposito, gradually developing into more dramatic repertoire.

Her first engagements as a mezzo were Dorabella in “Così fan tutte” at Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, & Hänsel and Maria Bellacanta (“Hexe Hillary geht in die Oper”) at Junge Kammeroper Köln.

Under the baton of Johannes Witt, she sang her first dramatic role at the Rheinische Kammeroper: Knusperhexe (“Hänsel und Gretel”). MiR Gelsenkirchen engaged her for the female lead in the world premiere of the opera “Konrad oder Das Kind aus der Konservenbüchse” by Gisbert Näther. Following this successful production, she was again engaged in spring 2014 to sing the first recording of Georg Pelecis’ composition “In Honour of Henry Purcell”.

Important roles followed such as Ulrica (“Un ballo in Maschera”) at Kammeroper Frankfurt, Amneris (“Aida”), Fricka (“Die Walküre“) and Maddalena (“Rigoletto“) at Theaterwerk München, Dora K. in “Benjamin” by Peter Ruzicka at Theater Heidelberg, 3rd Lady (“Die Zauberflöte”) at the summer festival of “Opera to go”, 3rd Woodsprite in Dvořák’s “Rusalka” at Theater Pforzheim, and Birsen Güner in Ludger Vollmer’s opera “Gegen die Wand” at Theater Giessen. She sang the alto solo part in the world premiere of the chamber opera “Thirst” by Robert Jíša at the Olomouc Music Festival in the Czech Republic which was filmed by Tanzquartier Wien (TQW).

Recently she debuted as Mrs Peachum (“Die Dreigroschenoper”) as Old Lady/Paquette (“Candide”) and as Erda, Fricka, Flosshilde (“Ring in einem Abend”).

She was a finalist in the Prix Atelier d’exellence (Italian opera), a semi-finalist in the NYIOP singing competition and a semi-finalist in the Nuovo Canto singing competition (Wagner category) in Milan, Italy.

Denise Seyhan works with conductors such as Elias Grandy, Ricardo Estrada, Marcus Merkel, and directors such as Ingo Kerkhof, Kristina Wuss and Cathérine Miville. She prepares her roles with Rainer Armbrust and Alessandro Pràtico and worked extensively with renowned coach Margaret Singer before her death in 2023.

She further refined her skills in masterclasses with Alexia Voulgaridou, Alessandro Amoretti, Elias Corrinth, Neil Barry Moss, Mario Andersen, Gabriele Wiesmüller, Klesie Kelly and Anna Reynolds.

Apart from her operatic career, she has performed at concert venues in Germany and abroad. Important engagements were the alto solo in Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” at Reims Cathedral/France and a tour with the Westsächsische Symphonieorchester in Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Her wide-ranging concert repertoire extends from Bach and Händel to Pergolesi, Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy as far as contemporary repertoire such as “The Passion of Lukas” by Klaus Rothaupt.

She discovered her passion for producing classical music videos in 2020 and created her own showreel highlighting the many facets of her personality as a singer-actor.

In summer 2021, she founded the Ensemble “Die Mimusen”. With them she created a video version of the song cycle “Seven early songs” by Alban Berg and the theatrical programme “The Pink Danger” about six female composers.

Since 2002 she has been working with dedication as a vocal coach in classic, pop, rock and musicals repertoire for amateurs and professionals.

Die Mimusen


The pink danger completely new!
Don’t miss it on
June 9th 2024 at 5 pm in Zieglersaal Karlsruhe (Restaurant Akropolis)
It got grants from Kulturamt of Stadt Karlsruhe and Sanfilippo Designbüro.
Not least through that Henrietta was taking the acting part
the Mimusen revised the “Pink danger” and it became a musical play.
Reservation: mail@denise-seyhan.com
Free entrance!

“Seven early songs” (Alban Berg)- the movie is now online!
Watch the Movie
Watch the Trailer!

The Ensemble „Die Mimusen“ is founded in Summer 2021. Due to the Corona Pandemic and the fact that events couldn’t take place, Denise Seyhan decided to film the song-cycle “Seven early songs” by Alban Berg. With the pianist Philip Dahlem and the actress Michelle Brubach she found perfect artist partners. For that videoproject she got grants among others from “Deutsche Orchesterstiftung” and her living town Karlsruhe. The successfully preview was in january 15th in the Zieglersaal in Karlsruhe.

Due to the decision of Michelle to leave the ensemble because of personal reasons in autumn 2022 Henrietta Teipel has taken the acting part.

With “Die rosa Gefahr – ein musikalischer Theaterabend” (“The pink danger – a musical theater evening”) with the oevre of female composers, the Ensemble gave its debut on the concert stage. They want to make music visible and figure out new shapes of giving concerts. They want to enrich the traditional Song-Recital with acting interludes to entertain more and to give more informations to the audience.  For that they got a grant by GVL/Neustart Kultur and the Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden Württemberg.
The Premiere was on 19th of february 2022 and the audience was really enthusiastic.
Here you can find the Trailer
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Roles sung

R. Wagner, Walkyrie (Fricka)

R. Wagner, Rheingold (Erda, Fricka)

R. Strauss, Elektra (1st Magd)

G. Verdi, Aida (Amneris)

G. Verdi, Un ballo in maschera (Ulrica)

G, Verdi, Rigoletto (Maddalena, Giovanna, Contessa Ceprano, Paggio)

E. Humperdinck, Hänsel and Gretel (Knusperhexe & Hänsel)

L. Bernstein, Candide (Old Lady, Paquette)

A. Dvoràk, Rusalka (3rd woodsprite)

B. Brecht / K. Weill, Three pennies opera (Mrs Peachum)

W. A. Mozart, Magic Flute (3rd Lady)

W. A. Mozart, Così fan tutte (Dorabella)

H. Purcell, Dido and Aeneas
(Sorceress, Second witch)

Ludger Vollmer, Gegen die Wand
(Birsen Güner)

Peter Ruzicka, Benjamin (Dora K.)

Giesbert Näther, Konrad oder Das Kind aus der Konservenbüchse«
(Berta Bartolotti)



A. Bruckner, Requiem

L. v. Beethoven, Symphony No. 9

A. Dvorák, Stabat Mater

Johann Ernst Eberlin,  Missa in C

G. F. Händel, Messiah

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Paulus

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy,
Walpurgis Night

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy,
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Wolfgang A. Mozart, Missa Brevis in F

Wolfgang A. Mozart, »Sparrow Mass«

Wolfgang A. Mozart, »Organ Solo Mass«

Wolfgang A. Mozart, »Coronation Mass«

Wolfgang A. Mozart, »Waisenhausmesse«

Wolfgang A. Mozart, Litaniae Lauretanae

Wolfgang A. Mozart, Alma Dei Creatoris

Georgs Pelecis, In Honour of Henry Purcell (3rd Mezzo)

Giacomo Pergolesi, Stabat Mater

Klaus Rothaupt,
Passion after Evangelist Lukas

C. Saint-Saëns, Oratorio de Noël,
(Mezzo, Alt)

F. Schubert, C-Dur Messe

Joseph Schnabel, Regina Coeli

G. P. Telemann, Wer ist, der dort
von Edom kömmt
(Kantate TWV 1:1584)

G. Verdi, Missa da Requiem

Roles completely studied

G. Verdi, Don Carlo (Eboli)

G. Verdi, Il Trovatore (Azucena)

G. Verdi, La forza del destino (Preziosilla)

G. Verdi, Nabucco (Fenena)

R. Wagner, Götterdämmerung
(Waltraute, 1st Norn)

E. Humperdinck, Hänsel and Gretel (Mother)

P. Hindemith, Cardillac (Dame)

G. Bizet, Carmen (Carmen)

G. Puccini, Madama Butterfly (Suzuki)

V. Bellini, Norma (Adalgisa)

W. A. Mozart, La clemenza di Tito (Sesto)



J. Brahms, Alto-Rhapsody

W. A. Mozart, C-Moll Mass (KV 427)

G. Rossini, Stabat Mater

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