AUTHOR: Deborah Humble

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Mezzo-Soprano Deborah Humble is one of Australia’s best-known and most successful opera singers, and your guide to the 2016 Wagner Ring Cycle in Melbourne.

After gaining a Bachelor of Music from the University of Adelaide and a Masters Degree from the University of Melbourne Deborah was a member of the Victoria State Opera Young Artist Programme. Having been a Principal Artist for both Opera Australia and The State Opera of Hamburg she has embarked upon a freelance career which takes her all over the world.

Recognised internationally for her performances of Verdi and Wagner, Deborah’s recent engagements include Erda in Das Rheingold with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Brangaene in Tristan and Isolde with the Mexico City Symphony, Amneris in Aida for Opera Australia, Alisa in Lucia di Lamermoor for the Theatro Mario del Monaco in Treviso, Erda in Siegfried for the Boston Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem at the Sage Concert Hall in the UK, Mahler’s Symphony No 8 at the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore, Elgar’s The Kingdom for the Melbourne Bach Choir and Ring Cycles in Hamburg, Halle, Bari, Ludwigshafen and Melbourne.

Future engagements include Mary in The Flying Dutchman with Opera Lille, Erda in Siegfried with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, recorded for Naxos, Venus in Tannhauser in Edinburgh and concert engagements in Auckland and Perth.

Her recordings include Clarissa in The Love for Three Oranges with Opera Australia for Chandos, a complete Der Ring des Nibelungen with the Hamburg State Opera released on the Oehms label, Offenbach’s La Belle Helene with the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris for Deutsche Gramophone and Mozart’s Il Sogno di Scipione for EMI.

Deborah was a recipient of Australia’s prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship, a finalist in the 2008 International Wagner Competition in Seattle, and was recently included in the Who’s Who of Australian Women. This year Deborah returned to Australia to act as a mentor in The Dame Nellie Melba Trust Programme for young opera singers and to adjudicate The City of Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Aria Scholarship.

Dramatic Venture for Andrea Katz

28th February, 2019

March 2019 sees what is being hailed as one of the most exciting theatrical events of the year on stage at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. Moisés Kaufman’s Tony nominated play 33 Variations will star Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe winning actress Ellen Burstyn making her Australian debut and will feature a stunning line up of…Read More

Interview: Adrian Tamburini

29th October, 2018

Prior to Opera Australia’s Melbourne season, Deborah Humble spoke to Adrian Tamburini, who performs the role of Chief Clerk in Brian Howard’s Metamorphosis. She began by asking him about the part. What was it like being offered a role in such an edgy, non-mainstream production? When I was offered the role of the Chief Clerk…Read More

Interview: Barry Ryan

30th May, 2017

This month at Arts Centre Melbourne’s playhouse, Victorian Opera continues its innovative programming presenting five performances of Janacek’s early twentieth century masterpiece Cunning Little Vixen. Directed by Stuart Maunder, conducted by Jack Symonds, Director of the Sydney Chamber Orchestra, and featuring the Victoria Youth Opera Chorus, the performances will be set in an idyllic forest.…Read More

Jessica Pratt: La Sonnambula and beyond

2nd May, 2017

In this very special interview for Classic Melbourne, and ahead of her performance with Victorian Opera Jessica Pratt talks about the company as well as her career internationally, her home in Italy and much more. Asking the questions was long-time colleague and friend, fellow diva Deborah Humble. DH You have enjoyed a very close association with…Read More

Music for the ANZACs

13th April, 2017

Earlier this month whilst working in Lille, France, I travelled to Ypres (Ieper) in the Western Flanders region of Belgium, visiting some of the World War One battlefields. 2017 is the 100th anniversary year of some of the most major and devastating conflicts of the “war to end all wars,” including the Battle of Passchendaele.…Read More

Volunteers worth their weight in Rheingold

29th November, 2016

They act as one. Donning swimming costumes at the beginning of Das Rheingold to hide golden pom-poms as they form a Sea of Humanity, they are still there 16 1/2 hours later for the closing bars of Die Gotterdammerung watching everything go up in flames from the sideline bleachers. Acting as one but in fact…Read More

Interview: Amber Wagner

21st November, 2016

Soprano Amber Wagner will sing the role of Sieglinde in the Melbourne Ring Cycle which opens tonight. She first performed in Melbourne in 2013 when she sang the Verdi Requiem under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. “I love Melbourne,” Ms Wagner says. “It’s such a great city; easy to…Read More

Interview: Liane Keegan

14th November, 2016

Deborah Humble talks with dramatic contralto Liane Keegan about her musical life in Melbourne and recreating the role of Erda in the 2016 Melbourne Ring. What motivated your return to Australia in 2012 and what is your perception of the cultural and artistic life here by comparison? I no longer enjoyed working in opera in…Read More

Interview: Anna-Louise Cole

7th November, 2016

Deborah Humble introduces soprano Anna-Louise Cole who talks about her recent successes, singing in the Melbourne Ring Cycle and future engagements. With two roles and an understudy to prepare for, Cole is one very busy young singer. “Could you tell us about your recent competition success and experiences?” “I feel like I’ve had a pretty…Read More

Interview: Warwick Fyfe

31st October, 2016

Interviewer Deborah Humble presents a full and fascinating interview with her erstwhile colleague and friend, Warwick Fyfe, including his huge success with  Alberich in the Melbourne Ring Cycle in 2013. “Can you tell me a bit about what you have done/sung since the last Ring Cycle?” “Ooh lots. I can’t list everything but there was Rigoletto,…Read More