Deborah Humble


Mezzo-Soprano Deborah Humble is one of Australia’s best known and most successful opera singers. After gaining a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Adelaide and a Masters Degree from the Australian Catholic University Deborah was a member of the Victoria State Opera Young Artists Programme.  Having been a Principle 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 recent engagements include Mary in Der Fliegender Holländer for Opera de Lille,  Erda in Das Rheingold and Siegfried with the Hong Kong  Philharmonic (released on CD by Naxos), Brangaene in Tristan and Isolde with the Mexico City Symphony, Amneris in Aida for Opera Australia, Alisa in Lucia di Lamermoor for the Götterdämmerung at the Saffron Hall, UK, Klytamnestra in Elektra in Edinburgh and concert engagements in Auckland, Newcastle and Perth.


Further 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 Theatro Mario del Monaco in Treviso,  Erda in Siegfried at the  Boston Symphony Hall, Verdi’s Requiem at the Sage Concert Hall, UK, and for Orchestra Wellington, New Zealand, Mahler’s  Symphony No 8 at the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore, Pauline in The Queen of Spades for Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Elgar’s The Kingdom for the Melbourne Bach Choir and  Ring Cycles in Hamburg, Halle, Bari, Ludwigshafen and Melbourne. In 2017 she sang Waltraute in Die was a recipient of Australia’s prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship, a finalist in the International Wagner Competition in Seattle, and has been included in the Who’s Who of Australian Women since 2010. 


Deborah is a mentor for The Dame Nellie Melba Trust Programme for young opera singers, an Ambassador for Sydney Eisteddfod and on the Music Board of the Tait Music Trust in London. For the past three years she has also been an adjudicator for the  Joan Sutherland/Richard Bonynge Song Competition. She was recently appointed Associate Guest Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Future engagements include Auntie in Peter Grimes for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Erda in Das Rheingold for Edinburgh Opera and Waltraute in the 2020 Australian Ring Cycle to be performed in Brisbane.

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