Anja Kampe, Soprano

German soprano Anja Kampe is one of today‘s most important singers. Her portrayals of significant roles have set the standard for other performers, including her Kundry at the Wiener Staatsoper and at the Operá de Paris, Sieglinde at the Bayreuth Festival, Isolde at the Berliner Staatsoper, Katerina Ismailova and Minnie (La Fanciulla del West) at Bayerische Staatsoper München, and Walküre-Brünnhilde at the Salzburg Easter Festival. In 2018 the Bavarian State Opera awarded Anja Kampe the title “Bayerische Kammersängerin”.

Anja Kampe will open the 2021/22 season as Senta at the Bavarian State Opera, before she will appear as Sieglinde in Act 1 of Die Walküre and with Brünnhilde's Schlussgesang  under Philippe Jordan in Graz and under Christian Thielemann in Salzburg. At the Vienna State Opera she will appear as Senta and Kundry before she will portray Wozzeck-Marie in a new production under Philippe Jordan. After the celebrated premiere last season, she will return to the Berlin State Opera as Minnie (La Fanciulla del West). In her signature role as Fidelio-Leonore, she will appear at the Gstaad Festival. The Berliner Philharmoniker have invited Anja Kampe to perform Berg's Altenberg Lieder.

The most important engagements of the past seasons include her debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Senta in the Flying Dutchman and her debut as Götterdämmerungs-Brünnhilde in a concert performance under Jaap van Zweden, the new production Tristan und Isolde under the direction of Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera, the new production of Parsifal conducted by Philippe Jordan at the Opéra National de Paris, Sieglinde at the Bayreuth Festival and at the Munich Opera Festival under Kirill Petrenko.

With Sieglinde at the side of Placido Domingo, Anja Kampe achieved her international breakthrough at the Washington National Opera. With this very role she has performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Munich, Berlin, Barcelona, ??Paris, London and Bayreuth. In addition to Sieglinde, Senta has become a central part of Anja Kampe. She has sung it in New York, Munich, Hamburg, Dresden, Vienna, Zurich, Milan, Madrid, Barcelona, ??Brussels, London, Tokyo and Dallas. Another important role of the soprano’s repertoire is Fidelio-Leonore, with successful performances in Baden-Baden, Madrid, Zurich, Los Angeles as well as at the Vienna and Bavarian State Opera. As Senta she opened the season at Teatro alla Scala Milano under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. With him conducting she made her role debuts as Tosca and Kundry at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and could repeat her Kundry triumph at Teatro Real Madrid.

Ms Kampe’s repertoire further includes roles like Lisa (Pique Dame), Jen?fa, Ariadne auf Naxos, Carlotta (Die Gezeichneten), Tosca and Giorgetta (Tabarro) among others. 2017 brought Ms. Kampe yet more international recognition with triumphant performances as 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 (Philippe Jordan/Wiener Musikverein), Strauss’ Hölderlin-Hymnen (Christian Thielemann/Berliner Philharmoniker), Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder (Christian Thielemann/Staatskapelle Dresden) and Tove in Schönbergs Gurrelieder (Edinburgh Festival).

In addition to the conductors mentioned above, Ms. Kampe has worked 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, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sebastian Weigle and Franz Welser-Möst. Her collaborations with top stage directors include Calixto Bieito, Willy Decker, Claus Guth, Andreas Homoki, Peter Konwitschny, Harry Kupfer and Dimitri Tchnerniakov.

Some of the most prestigious productions on which Ms. Kampe has performed are also available on DVD, including Die Walküre from the Salzburg Easter Festival,  Der fliegende Holländer from Zürich and Parsifal from the Staatsoper Berlin. Additionally, recordings of Tristan und Isolde and Fidelio featuring Ms. Kampe were released by the 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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