- What Is Happening Now? December 26, 2010
Denise Ritter appears on both the concert and opera stage in music of many periods. She is known for her ability to sing a variety of styles, her brilliant high notes, pure tone, communicative warmth and musical intelligence. Denise has been a performer throughout the US with extensive Oratorio experience under the batons of world renowned conductors such as Robert Shaw and John Rutter. Her recent oratorio performances have included Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Pergolesi’s Magnificat, Bach’s Missa in A Major, Dvorak’s Te Deum, and Mozart’s Requiem. She has performed with orchestras such as Fort Worth Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Symphony of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Symphony, Fort Wayne Ballet, Tulsa Ballet as well as many other symphonic organizations. Ms. Ritter’s Operatic roles include her recently performed Mother in Amahl and The Night Visitors, La Traviata in Charlottesville Virginia as Violetta as well as with Master Works Festival, after receiving rave reviews Ms. Ritter was asked to return as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto with the Oratorio Society of Charlottesville Virginia. Other leading roles in opera include Hanna in The Merry Widow, ChoChoka in The Cunning Little Vixen, Yum Yum in The Mikado and Mimi in La Boheme. Ms. Ritter has been a soloist in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops as well as the Actor’s Club in New York. Denise has received several prominent awards, some of which are from the Metropolitan Opera, American Traditions Competition and the Benton- Schmidtt Contest and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Ms. Ritter’s recent performance of her one woman classical cabaret show took her to Leibnitz, Austria where she performed for the International University of Global Theater to an audience representing 32 different countries. Her upcoming performances include appearances with Toledo Symphony, Reading Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, The Liszt and Wagner Societies of San Francisco and a collaborative recital with Dr. Michael H. Boyd at the Toledo Museum of Art. Denise is currently on voice faculty at University of Toledo.