In 2015, Bele Kumberger made her UK debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons’ baton, followed by her debut as Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen. The soprano will make her Bayreuth Festival debut in 2016 in Wagner’s Parsifal under the baton of Andris Nelsons.
Born in Straubing, Bele Kumberger received a scholarship from 2001 to 2005 by the Bavarian ’Singakademie‘ and studied with Manuela Dill in Munich. From 2005 until 2012, she studied at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Anneliese Fried and since 2011 with Christine Schäfer, additionally working with Dagmar Schellenberger. In 2007, she joined in Wolfram Rieger’s recital class. In master classes Bele Kumberger worked with producer Willy Decker, accompanist Irwin Gage, early music specialist Wolfgang Katschner and bass baritone Thomas Quasthoff. In 2005, she was awarded the ‚Kulturförderpreis Straubing’. In 2009, she won a scholarship by the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation as well as by the Jütting Stiftung.
Under the baton of Christian Thielemann, she made her Salzburg Easter Festival debut in 2013 in a new production of Wagner’s Parsifal followed by her debut with the China Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2013 Beijing Music Festival. In 2012, she made her debut as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, was starring the title role in Orff’s The Story of the King and the Clever Young Woman at the Carl Orff-Festival in Andechs, Germany, in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, she also made her debut at Berlin’s State Opera ‘Unter den Linden’ in a new production of Wolf-Ferrari’s Aschenputtel singing the part of Hartwige and covering the title role. She made her debut in the title role of Hindemith’s Tuttifäntchen in Berlin and in as Wendy in Bernstein’s Peter Pan with the Bamberger Symphoniker.
Since 2013, she has regularly performed in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Braunschweig’s State Opera and and, in 2014, performed at the Lake Festival Mörbisch, Austria. In 2009, Bele Kumberger made her highly successful debut as Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in a production of Berlin’s Hanns Eisler Conservatory and sang Ariene in Scarlatti’s Penelope la Casta in a concert performance at WDR Cologne [recorded to be released on CD] the following year.
Bele Kumberger’s operatic repertoire includes parts such as Soledad/La Verbena de la Paloma (Chapí/Bretón), Poppea/L’incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi), Pamina/Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Lauretta/ Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), Dido/Dido and Aeneas and Titania/The Fairy Queen (Purcell).
Bele Kumberger is a dedicated concert singer and her repertoire includes works such as Bach’s Christmas oratorio, St. John’s Passion, St. Matthew’s Passion, Beethoven’s Mass in C op. 86, Mozart’s Missa brevis KV 275/KV 272b and Requiem, Jemina in Schubert’s Lazarus as well as Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat. She performed at the Fränkische Musiktage 2012, has taken part at the 3rd Encuentro de Música Religiosa de Caja Canarias at Fuerteventura/Canary Islands, sang the 2011 Mozart Arias with Staatskapelle Halle.
A dedicated recitalist, Bele Kumberger presented Lieder by Fauré, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Schumann, Strauss and Wolf.
Bele Kumberger performed with Bamberger Symphoniker, China Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lautten Compagney Berlin, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Staatskapelle Berlin and Staatskapelle Halle – and worked with conductors including Julia Jones, Andris Nelsons, Christian Thielemann.
Bele Kumberger’s Discography includes Hindemith’s Tuttifäntchen with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin [cpo], Bock’s The Fiddler on the Roof [OEHMS] and Wagner’s Parsifal with Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden [Deutsche Grammophon].
Engagements in Bayreuth