DEBORAH HUMBLE

Deborah Humble is one of Australia’s best-known mezzo-sopranos. A former Principal Artist for both Opera Australia and The State Opera of Hamburg, she is recognised internationally for her performances of Verdi and Wagner. Engagements include Opera de Lille, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Mexico City Symphony, Opera Australia, Theatro Mario del Monaco in Treviso, Boston Symphony Hall, Sage Concert Hall, UK, and Orchestra Wellington.

Deborah has also performed at the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore, with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Bach Choir; and in Ring Cycles in Hamburg, Halle, Bari, Ludwigshafen and Melbourne.

She recently sang Waltraute in Die Götterdämmerung at the Saffron Hall, UK, Klytaemnestra in Elektra, and Erda in Das Rheingold, for the Edinburgh Players; solo concert engagements around Australia, and had much success as Auntie in Peter Grimes with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Deborah received Australia’s prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship, was a finalist in the International Wagner Competition in Seattle, and has been listed in the Who’s Who of Australian Women since 2010. 

Deborah mentors young opera singers for The Dame Nellie Melba Trust Programme, and is on the Music Board of the Tait Music Trust in London. For the past three years she has adjudicated for the Joan Sutherland/Richard Bonynge Song Competition. In 2020 she was appointed Patron of the Wagner Society of South Australia. Future engagements include Elijah for the Sydney Philharmonia Choir, and Waltraute in the 2021 Brisbane Ring Cycle.