“Bele Kumberger’s bright soprano was both joyous and plaintive in the Goose Girl’s music…” Opera, April 2019
In 2020, Bele Kumberger will make her debut at Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, singing Ännchen in Weber’s Der Freischütz. From 2016 until 2019, the soprano has been a regular at the Bayreuth Festival, where she performed in Wagner’s Parsifal. As a guest, she also performed at Beijing Music Festival, Berlin’s State Opera, Salzburger Easter Festival, Seefestspiele Mörbisch, Braunschweig State Opera, and in the title role in Orff’s The Story of the King and the Clever Young Woman at the Carl Orff-Festival Andechs.
In 2016, Bele Kumberger made her Bayreuth Festival debut, after she first appeared at the Salzburg Easter Festival conducted by Christian Thielemann in 2013. In 2015, the German soprano made her UK debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons. Between 2016 until 2019, she 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.
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. Besides, she is a dedicated recitalist with a wide lied repertoire. In October 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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