Classic Melbourne’s interest in Australian mezzo Deborah Humble is two-fold: as an opera star and as a writer for our site since we started. This was timed to coincide with the Melbourne Ring in 2013, with Deborah (a soloist in all four operas) giving us an invaluable backstage view of proceedings.
So we are thrilled that “our” Deborah is currently singing Erda in the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s production of Das Rheingold conducted by Jaap van Sweden. The orchestra will present the Ring in concert over the next four years and all four operas will be commercially recorded on CD by the Naxos label.
Again, it’s perfect timing as Deborah Humble is the subject of a feature, “Life with my voice”, in the January 2015 issue of Opera Now! the world’s leading opera magazine which provides a unique and all-encompassing perspective on the international opera scene. The singer writes:
“I get to see the world, meet incredibly talented and interesting people and I get to do what I love best. It’s a well-worn cliché but it’s true: if you do what you love you never feel like it’s work. I am still excited by my work and I know how incredibly lucky I am to do it.”
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Classic Melbourne thanks Opera Now! for permission to reprint this article and urges readers to explore its online site http://www.operanow.co.uk
As for Deborah Humble there’s to be no rest! In February 2015 she returns to Hamburg to sing four performances of 1st Maid in Elektra at the State Opera conducted by Simone Young. She is also studying the role of Klytamnestra which will be sung by Agnes Baltsa.
And there’s a deadline for Classic Melbourne, for a piece about the Hong Kong Ring!