Anja Kampe

Anja Kampe (c) Sasha Vasiljev
Anja Kampe (c) Sasha Vasiljev

German soprano Anja Kampe is one of today‘s most important singers. Her portrayals of several roles have set the standard for other performers, including her Sieglinde at Bayreuth Festival, Isolde at Ruhrtriennale, Katerina Ismailova at Bavarian State Opera Munich and WalküreBrünnhilde at the Salzburg Easter Festival. Ms. Kampe opens the season 2017/18 with concert performances of Fidelio at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, where she will sing Leonore with Zubin Mehta conducting. Then she returns to the stage of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich to reprise her explosive performance as Lady Macbeth von Mtensk, as well as Sieglinde in Walküre with Kirill Petrenko conducting. The Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin will present Ms. Kampe as Isolde in a new production of Tristan und Isolde with Daniel Barenboim conducting. She will also appear twice this season a Kundry in Parsifal: first at the Wiener Staatsoper and then in Opera National de Paris’ new production under the baton of Philippe Jordan. Finally in 2017/18 the Budapest Wagner Days 2018 have engaged Anja Kampe as Isolde, after which she will end the season as Sieglinde in a performance of Walküre at Münchner Opernfestspiele, again with Krill Petrenko conducting.

Anja Kampe’s international break-through was her portrayal of Siglinde opposite Placido Domingo at Washington National Opera. After that she had triumphs in the same role in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bayreuth, Munich, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris and London. In addition to Sieglinde, Senta has become a central role in Ms Kampe’s repertoire. She has performed it in Munich, Hamburg, Vienna, Zurich, Milan, Madrid, Barcelona, Brussels, London and Tokyo. Another important role is Fidelio-Leonore, which she has performed in Baden-Baden, Madrid, Zurich, and Los Angeles as well as at the Wiener and Bayerische Staatsoper. In 2014 Ms Kampe opened the season of Teatro alla Scala Milano as Fidelio-Leonore under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. With Maestro Barenboim conducting, Ms. Kampe has made her role debuts as both Tosca and Kundry at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, and she repeated her success as Kundry at Teatro Real Madrid. Ms Kampe’s repertoire further includes roles like Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Elsa (Lohengrin), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) as well as Lisa (Pique Dame), Jenůfa, Ariadne auf Naxos, Carlotta (Die Gezeichneten) und Giorgetta (Tabarro) among others. 2017 brought Ms. Kampe yet more internationally recognized triumphs such as her performance of Katerina Ismailowa under the direction of Kirill Petrenko at Bayerische Staatsoper München and Walküre-Brünnhilde with Christian Thielemann conducting at the Salzburg Osterfestspiele both of which are counted among the most outstanding opera highlights of the year.

Ms. Kampe‘s concert repertoire includes Giuseppe Verdi‘s Messa da Requiem, Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 9, sung recently under Philippe Jordan at Wiener Musikverein in 2017, and Tove in Schönbergs Gurreliedern, which she performed. at the Edinburgh Festival 2016.

In addition to the conductors mentioned above, Ms. Kampe has worked as well with Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, James Conlon, Mark Elder, Adam Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Marek Janowski, Simone Young, Vladimir Jurowski, Jesùs López-Cobos, Fabio Luisi, Nicola Luisotti, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Kazushi Ono, Donald Runnicles and Franz Welser-Möst. Her collaborations with the top stagedirectors include Calixto Bieito, Willy Decker, Claus Guth, Andreas Homoki, Peter Konwitschny, Harry Kupfer and Dimitri Tschnerniakov.

Some of the highly prestigious productions are also available on DVD, among them Der fliegende Holländer from Zürich and Parsifal from Staatsoper Berlin. In addition, recordings of Tristan und Isolde und Fidelio featuring Ms. Kampe were released by Glyndebourne Festival, as was Die Gezeichneten from Los Angeles. Ms. Kampe’s recording of Walküre conducted by Valery Gergiev was awarded the Echo Klassik as the best opera recording of the year in 2013.


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