The German tenor, Dirk Kleinke, started his studies as choir-conductor in Weimar. But soon he changed his intentions and went to Berlin, which is his home-town. In Berlin the young tenor studied at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler". He successfully graduated as solo-singer under the patronage of Scot Weir.
Dirk Kleinke debuted as Vergy in Gretry“s Blaubart in 1999. He has already performed at the Oper Neukölln in Berlin, at the Staatsoper Berlin, in Dessau and Rheinsberg at the 2000“summer-festival. Under the direction of George Tabori Dirk Kleinke performed as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte im Zirkuszelt, which find an enormous favour by audience and critics as well.
Dirk Kleinke is a delicious lyric tenor, with a deep effect as buffo-tenor. His voice is clear, agile in the hights and with a baritone-like ground in the depths. Since the season of 2000 Dirk Kleinke is a permanent member of Staatstheater Cottbus. As an actor Dirk Kleinke gets a striking Fellini-like attention on stage. Mobile, charming and with a slight touch of humour he catches the audience. And even these features make him a good choice for each operetta-cast, which is his second great love.
Dirk Kleinke is a member of Berlin vocal-ensemble "opus4voices". And he is a busy singer of oratories and concerts. Dirk Kleinke lives in Berlin.