Bele Kumberger’s bright soprano was both joyous and plaintive in the Goose Girl’s music… Opera, April 2019
From 2016 until 2019, Bele Kumberger has been a regular at the Bayreuth Festival, where she performed in Wagner’s Parsifal – in 2021 she will return for a concert performance of Parsifal under Christian Thielemann’s baton. In 2015, the soprano made her UK debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons, after she first appeared at the Salzburg Easter Festival conducted by Christian Thielemann in 2013.
Since 2016, the Bele Kumberger performed Regina in Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, Gänsemagd in Humperdinck’s Königskinder, Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, Tatjana in the chamber version of Tchaikovsky’s Jewgeni Onegin, Yvette in Weinberg’s Die Passagierin at Musiktheater im Revier, and was to sing in new productions of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Linke’s Frau Luna and the title role in Orff’s The Story of the King and the Clever Young Woman during the 2020/2021 season. As a guest, she performed at Beijing Music Festival, Berlin’s State Opera, Salzburger Easter Festival, Seefestspiele Mörbisch, Braunschweig State Opera, at the Carl Orff-Festival Andechs, to name but a few.
Bele Kumberger’s concert repertoire includes works by Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Pergolesi and Vivaldi. Ariene in Scarlatti’s Penelope la Casta was recorded by WDR, she went on tour with Beethoven’s Egmont Lieder in September 2020. Besides, she is a dedicated recitalist with a wide lied repertoire. In 2019, she went on tour with Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch to Konzerthaus Blaibach, Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen and Teatro Principal Zaragoza, together with baritone Bo Skovhus.
Bele Kumberger performed with Bamberger Symphoniker, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Bochumer Symphoniker, China Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester, Lautten Compagney Berlin, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatskapelle Halle and worked with conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Hartmut Haenchen, Marek Janowski, Julia Jones, Andris Nelsons and Christian Thielemann.
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Three questions to Bele Kumberger:
One composer: Many different works!
What was your calling to become a singer? Emotional engagement.
To be a singer – in three words: Passion, openness, discipline.