Gerhild Romberger was born and brought up in the Emsland. After studying music for schools at the Academy of Music in Detmold, she attended voice training classes with Heiner Eckels and graduated with concert-standard honours. She rounded off her studies with courses under the professors of lieder performance Mitsuko Shirai and Hartmut Höll. She now lives with her family in Detmold, where for a long time she has been an extremely popular professor of singing at the Academy of Music.

As a contralto she has always concentrated on concert performances, her work focusing on lieder recitals on a wide variety of themes, as well as on contemporary music. Her extremely extensive repertoire encompasses all the major contralto and mezzo-soprano parts in the oratorio and concert literature from the Baroque to the Classical and Romantic periods all the way to the twentieth century.


Significant career moments for Gerhild Romberger in recent years were the concerts with Manfred Honeck, who invited her to perform in, among other works, Mahler’s symphonies, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis and the Grosse Messe by Walter Braunfels. She has also performed with the Berlin Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Herbert Blomstedt and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester with Riccardo Chailly. Furthermore she performed with the Vienna and Bamberg Symphony Orchestras (under Daniel Harding), the hr Sinfonieorchester, at La Scala (under Franz Welser- Möst) and with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (under Thomas Hengelbrock and Bernard Haitink).

In the 2016/2017 season she will perform with the Radio Philharmonisch Orkest in Utrecht and Amsterdam in Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater under Markus Stenz, with the Vienna Philharmonic in Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Second Symphony (under Ingo Metzmacher) in Hamburg and Cologne and in Leipzig with the Gewandhausorchester and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (under Andris Nelsons).
Furthermore, a major tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer (Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde) will take her to Zurich, Geneva, Paris, Cologne, Lugano und Budapest. In 2017 she can be heard with Mahler’s 2nd symphony, the ‘Resurrection’ Symphony at the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg (under Thomas Hengelbrock) and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (under Manfred Honeck). After this she will be at La Scala Milan to sing Beethoven’s Missa solemnis under Bernard Haitink.

 

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