Bele Kumberger’s bright soprano was both joyous and plaintive in the Goose Girl’s music… Opera, April 2019
Since 2016 Bele Kumberger has been a member of Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen, where her role debuts include as Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Regina in Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, Gänsemagd in Humperdinck’s Königskinder, Vixen Sharp-Ears in Janáček’s The cunning little Vixen, Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, Magdalena in Reimann’s Bernada Albas Haus, Tatyana in the chamber version of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Yvette in Weinberg’s Die Passagierin. In 2024, she will sing her first Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
Bele Kumberger was a regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival from 2016 to 2019 and returned for a concert performance of Wagner’s Parsifal in 2021 conducted by Christian Thielemann. He also also on the podium during her Salzburg Easter Festival debut in 2013. In 2015 the German soprano made her UK debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons. She has also appeared as a guest at Beijing Music Festival, Berlin Staatsoper, Seefestspiele Mörbisch, Braunschweig State Opera and 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. In 2023, she sings Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos accompanied by Neue Philharmonie Westfalen. She appears as Ariene on the WDR recording of Scarlatti’s Penelope la Casta and toured with Beethoven’s Egmont Lieder in 2020. She is also a dedicated recitalist with a wide repertoire. In 2019, she joined baritone Bo Skovhus for a tour of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch to Konzerthaus Blaibach, Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen and Teatro Principal Zaragoza.
Bele Kumberger has 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 and Staatskapelle Halle and worked with conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Hartmut Haenchen, Marek Janowski, Julia Jones, Andris Nelsons and Christian Thielemann.
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