British/Swiss soprano Kim-Lillian Strebel has received rapturous critical acclaim following a number of high-profile debuts. These include Pamina in Barrie Koksy’s production of DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE for Cincinnati Opera - marking her US operatic debut – and Théâtre National de l’OpéraComique, Cendrillon for Theater Freiburg, and Lauretta in Calixto Bieito’s new production of GIANNI SCHICCHI at the Komische Oper Berlin.
In 2018/2019 season she made her Italian debut singing Sirene/Una Donna in Handel’s RINALDO at the 44th festival della Valle D’Itria under Maestro Fabio Luisi as well as singing in a Gala Concert there with him. She returned to sing Pamina in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE at the Deutsche Oper Berlin again as well as on Tour with the Komische Oper Berlin (Barrie Kosky’s production) in Australia/New Zealand. She made her Austrian operatic debut in the main role of Martha in MARTHA by Flotow at Opera Graz. Kim-Lillian also returned to Atlanta to sing Canteloube, Songs of the Auvergne under Maestro Donald Runnicles and sang the Mozart Requiem in London. This season 2019/20 engagements are RUSALKA at the Cincinnati Opera, Pamina in Mozart´s THE MAGIC FLUTE on tour with the Komische Oper Berlin in Macao and Taiwan and later in the year in Chile and Lydia Pawloska in Weinberger´s SPRING STORMS at the Komische Oper in Berlin. She makes her debut at the Cadogan Hall in London this season with the Fauré Requiem under Maestro Michael Waldron.
Recent opera engagements in the ensembles of Theater Freiburg and Theater Basel include the roles of Micaëla (CARMEN), Fiordiligi (COSÌ FAN TUTTE), Adina (L´ELISIR D´AMORE), Euridice (ORFEO ED EURIDICE), Angelica (ORLANDO), Gretel (HÄNSEL AND GRETEL), Orazia (INDIAN QUEEN), Garsenda (FRANCESCA DA RIMINI), Safiye (CRUSADES), Isaure (JERUSALEM) and Astaroth (KÖNIGIN VON SABA). Equally, during her time in the Junge Ensemble of the Deutsche Opera, roles included Papagena and First Lady (DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE), 2nd Niece (PETER GRIMES), Flower Maiden (PARSIFAL), Shepherd (TANNHÄUSER), Nicoletta (THE LOVE OF THREE ORANGES) and Countess Ceprano (RIGOLETTO) under Pablo Heras-Casado amongst others. As a guest artist, she returned to Berlin as Musetta (LA BOHÈME) and Gretel (HÄNSEL AND GRETEL) under Donald Runnicles.
Last season she sang First Lady in Günter Krämer’s production of DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, as well as returning to the Komische Opera on tour in South Korea as Pamina. She also sang in Guillermo Amaya’s new production of Donizetti’s ADELIA for Theater für Niedersachsen, Hildesheim, marking the German premiere of the piece, where she received critical acclaim. Recent concert performances, include her US concert debut with the Atlanta Symphony in performances of Missa Solemnis and her BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra debut in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, as well as joining the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under Peter Kennel as Solveig in Peer Gynt and the Kammerorchester Basel for Mozart’s Requiem under Giovanni Antonini. Last season she openened the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg’s season with CPE Bach’s Magnificat under Riccardo Minasi and sang Messiah with La Orquesta Sinfonica Y Coro RTVE, as well as returning to Atlanta Symphony for Bach’s Cantata 80 under Robert Spano and sang the Mozart Requiem in Skopje with the Macedonian Philharmonic under Emil Tabakov. This season Kim-Lillian will return to Atlanta to sing Canteloube, Songs of the Auvergne under Maestro Donald Runnicles and sing Mozart Requiem in London. Kim-Lillian, born in London to a artistic Central European family, was trained at an early age as a dancer. Her singing talent was then discovered by the late Anthony Rolfe-Johnson. She is now an honour ARAM of the Royal Academy of Music. She then continued at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.