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Ingela Brimberg

  • Celebrated Swedish soprano Ingela Brimberg is renowned for her engaging portrayals of opera’s dramatic heroines. Brimberg sang her first Brünnhilde in Theater an der Wien’s Ring Cycle in the 2017/18 season, having already impressed as Senta Der fliegende Holländer, Elsa Lohengrin, and as Strauss’s heroines Elektra and Salomé, in several major European houses.

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  • Upcoming highlights for Brimberg’s 2021/22 season includes Brünnhilde Die Walküre at the Kungliga Opera, the title roles in both Elektra and Turandot for Grand Théâtre de Genève, and concert performances of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with the Opéra National de Bordeaux.

    Brimberg’s 2020/21 seasons started off with her return to Göteborg Opera as Brünnhilde Siegfried followed by Brünnhilde Die Walküre for Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. On the concert stage, she performed Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with the Orchestre National de Lille and Opéra de Rouen Normandie.

    Brimberg began her 2019/20 season with a role debut as Isolde Tristan und Isolde in a new production for Oper Köln, to much critical acclaim. Other engagements included Eva in Sebastian Fagerlund’s new opera Höstsonaten for Finnish National Opera, Senta Der fliegende Hollander at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Brünnhilde Die Walküre at the Teatro Real Madrid.

    Brimberg opened her 2018/19 season as Salomé in a new Ted Huffman production for Oper Köln, followed by Brünnhilde Die Walküre for Opéra National de Bordeaux.
    Ingela Brimberg’s first sensational Sentas were performed in concerts in France, Austria and Spain (Mo Minkowski), and a recording was released by Naïve. She has since performed this role to critical acclaim at Theater an der Wien (with Marc Minkowski), Oper Köln, Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Teatro Real Madrid. Other successes include title role Salome at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste and Göteborg Opera; Elsa Lohengrin at La Monnaie; title role Tosca for Oper Köln, Göteborg Opera and Finnish National Opera; title role Aida for Malmö Opera; Elettra Idomeneo for Opéra de Lyon and Göteborg Opera; title role Elektra for Opéra National de Bordeaux and Staatstheater Kassel, and Chrysothemis in a concert version of Elektra at the Verbier Festival.

    For her La Monnaie debut Brimberg appeared as Valentine Les Huguenots (conducted by Minkowski and named the best production of year 2011 in Opernwelt) and she made her Royal Swedish Opera debut in spring 2013 as Ellen Orford Peter Grimes.

    In her illustrious career, Brimberg has performed a wide range of repertoire. Having sung mezzo roles like Rosina and Cherubino, she made her soprano debut singing Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Folkoperan, Stockholm in 2003. She also later performed Amelia Un ballo in Maschera, Donna Anna Don Giovanni (Folkoperan), the title roles of Jenufa (NorrlandsOperan), Katja Kabanova (the Göteborg Opera), Lady Macbeth in Verdi Macbeth (Toulon Opera), the title role Elektra in a spectacular production by La Fura dels Baus in Umeå (European Capital of Culture), released on DVD (Unitel Classica), title role Manon Lescaut (the Danish National Opera), and Sieglinde in concerts of Die Walküre with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding.

    Brimberg has collaborated with some of the finest conductors, including Marc Minkowski, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Harding, Francois-Xavier Roth, Leif Segerstam, Sakari Oramo and Pablo Heras-Casado, to name a few. She is renowned for her stagecraft abilities and interpretations of the most complex and demanding of opera’s dramatic soprano heroines.

    Ingela Brimberg studied at the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Göteborg.

    2021/22 season / 576 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Opera repertoire

Ellen Orford Peter Grimes
Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia

Leonore Fidelio

Tite role Katia Kabanova

Santuzza Cavalleria rusticana*

Donna Elvira Don Giovanni

Title role Tosca
Title role Turandot*

R. Strauss
Title role Salome
Title role/Chrysotemis Elektra

Amelia Un ballo in maschera
Leonora La forza del destino*
Lady Macbeth Macbeth

Senta Der fliegende Holländer
Brünnhilde Der Ring des Nibelungen
Elsa Lohengrin
Isolde Tristan und Isolde

*role in preperation

Concert repertoire

Symphony No.9

Alternberg Lieder 

War Requiem

Dante Anarca

Strauss, R.
Vier letzte Lieder

Vaughan Williams
Sea Symphony


Wesendonck Lieder

"The Brünnhilde of Ingela Brimberg overshadows all others. In her final scene she fascinates with vocal and theatrical intensity."

Place de l'Opéra

her Salome is as vocal as it is expressive, right up to the grand final monologue.

Generall Anzeiger Bonn

Great is the role debut of Ingela Brimberg as Isolde. Her voice is like a vibrating beam, energetic and agile at the same time.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

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