Celebrated Swedish soprano Ingela Brimberg is renowned for her engaging portrayals of opera’s dramatic heroines. Ms Brimberg sang her first Brünnhilde in Theater an der Wien’s Ring Cycle in the 2017/18 season, and has also recently impressed as Senta Der fliegende Hollander, Elsa Lohengrin, as well as Strauss’s leading ladies Elektra and Salome in several major European houses.
Brimberg opened her 2018/19 season as Salome in a new Ted Huffman production for Oper Köln. Later this season she also sings Brünnhilde in Die Walküre at Opéra National de Bordeaux, and further ahead performs Senta, Leonore Fidelio, Elektra, Brünnhilde, and her first Isolde Tristan und Isolde, at venues including Oper Köln, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Grand Theatre de Genève and Teatro Real Madrid.
Recent successes include Senta Der fliegende Hollander at Theater an der Wien (with Marc Minkowski), Oper Köln, Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Teatro Real Madrid; 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. Ingela Brimberg’s first sensational Senta in concert the same year, with performances in France, Austria and Spain (Mo Minkowski), was released on CD by Naïve.
During 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’s 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.
Ingela Brimberg studied at the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Göteborg.
Ellen Orford Peter Grimes
Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia
Tite role Katia Kabanova
Santuzza Cavalleria rusticana*
Donna Elvira Don Giovanni
Title role Tosca
Title role Turandot*
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
Isolde Tristan und Isolde
*role in preperation
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"The Brünnhilde of Ingela Brimberg overshadows all others. In her final scene she fascinates with vocal and theatrical intensity."
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her Salome is as vocal as it is expressive, right up to the grand final monologue.
Swedish soprano Ingela Brimberg, with her clear ringing voice, was fully convincing as the young girl Senta, in love with a myth. Her final commitment to the Dutchman, swearing her faithfulness beyond death, was especially full of heart-wrenching emotion.