Sharon Kempton

Sharon Kempton

Light Dramatic Soprano

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2017Wagner: Die WalküreGerhilde
2017Mozart: Die ZauberflöteDie Erste Dame
2017Strauss J.: Die FledermausRosalinde
2016Zimmermann: Die SoldatenGraefin de la Roche
2015Mozart: Cosi fan tutteFiordiligi
2014Elegie fuer junge Liebende by HenzeElizabeth Zimmer
2011Verdi: FalstaffAlice Ford

Bio


 Australian born soprano Sharon Kempton, completed a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music at the University of Melbourne, under the tuition of Kevin Casey, Bettine MacCaughan OAM and the distinguished Merlyn Quaife OAM. Sharon has been the recipient of many prestigious prizes including the German Operatic Award (2001), embarking on her European career, as a member of the Cologne Opera Studio, Germany, followed by an eleven year engagement as soloist at the State Theater in Hessen.Sharon has performed with Aalto Musiktheater Essen, Köln Oper, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Staatstheater Kassel, Theater Ulm, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Theater Osnabrück and Saarländisches Staatstheater, in Saarbrücken. As an ensemble member of Staatstheater Wiesbaden from 2003 until 2014, Sharon performed and debuted over thirty operatic roles. A singer of immense versatility, she has received critical acclaim for her warm, richness of vocal tone and her compelling stage presence. Her extensive repertoire encompasses the genres of early Baroque Opera, performing roles such as Giunone(LaCallisto), Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice), Elmira (Croesus), Armide (Armide) andCleopatra (Julius Caesar) – for which she was nominated ‘Singer of the Year’ in 2007 by Opernwelt, Germany; through to Classical, Romantic and works of the modern Masters.In Wiesbaden, Sharon has had resounding success with many of the most beautiful Mozart roles composed for Soprano, including Pamina (Die Zauberföte), Ilia (Idomeneo), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni).Her impressive list of operatic repertoire beyond early Baroque and the operatic works of Mozart, include Peri in Schumann’s Paradies und die Peri, Marzelline (Fidelio), Micaëla (Carmen), Musetta (La Boheme), Antonia (The Tales of Hoffmann), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Norina (Don Pasquale), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Marie (The Bartered Bride), Alice Ford(Falstaff) and Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Göttterdämmerung. Further roles include Axinja (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Ninetta (The Love of Three Oranges), and Fourth Maid in Elektra.In Operetta, Sharon has also performed the roles Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Julia De Weert in Der Vetter aus Dingsda and Christel in Vogelhändler.Sharon was acclaimed for her performance as Elizabeth Zimmer in the 2014 Wiesbaden International May Festival premiere of Elegie für junge Liebende by Hans Werner Henze, directed by Dietrich Hilsdorf.As an oratorio artist Sharon’s repertoire ranges from the early works of Händel, Bach, Haydn and Mozart to the more recent works of Holst, Poulenc and Tippet. She has performed oratorio works throughout Germany including Missa Solemnis (Liszt) with the Chor und Orchester Collegium Noricum, Nuernberg, Manfred (Schumann) with the Frankfurter Museums Orchester, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Esther (Händel) with Kantorei der Bergkirche and Karlsruher Barockorchester conducted by Christian Pfeifer and Paulus (Mendelssohn) with the Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden.Sharon Kempton will premiere as Graefin de la Roche in Die Soldaten in the opening of the International May Festival in Wiesbaden. In the Hessen State Theatre 2016/2017 season, she is currently performing the roles of The First Lady in The Magic Flute, Rosalinde in Fledermaus and Gerhilde in The Ride of the Walkuries.   
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Wagner: Die Walküre Gerhilde Immediately Hessisches Staatstheater 2017
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Die Erste Dame Immediately Hessisches Staatstheater 2017
Strauss J.: Die Fledermaus Rosalinde Immediately Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden 2017
Zimmermann: Die Soldaten Graefin de la Roche 1 week Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden 2016
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Fiordiligi Immediately Aalto Theater Essen 2015

Awards

German Operatic Award
2017
German australian opera grant
2017
national Liederfest
2017
herald sun aria-runner up
2017