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The German mezzo-soprano Gerhild Romberger, who comes from Lower Saxony in Germany, initially studied music education at the Music Academy in Detmold, where she also completed her vocal training under Hei-ner Eckels and graduated with concert-standard honors. She additionally took courses in lieder singing from Mitsuko Shirai and Hartmut Höll. From the beginning of her career, Gerhild Romberger has focused on concert singing. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque oratorios, cantatas, and Passions through the Classical and Romantic eras to vocal music of the 20th century. Gerhild Romberger has regularly collaborated with Manfred Honeck, who has engaged her for the mezzo and alto parts in the Mahler symphonies, Mozart’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis and for the Grosse Messe by Walter Braunfels. She has performed with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink. She has also concertized with the Berlin Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Herbert Blomstedt, and the Bamberg Symphony under Daniel Harding and has appeared with Franz Welser-Möst at La Scala in Milan. In the 2017-18 season, Romberger has performed Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in Helsinki, Stockholm, and Berlin; in Madrid and Milano she has sung in Mahler’s Third; and she will interpret Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle. In January 2018, she additionally devoted herself to Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. Her recording of Das Lied von der Erde in the version for chamber orchestra garnered the Echo Klassik Award in 2015. Gerhild Romberger has been a professor of voice in Detmold since 2003.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 8 September 2013 in Mahler’s Second, the Resurrection Symphony, conducted by Mariss Jansons