Sharon Kempton


‘Keine offenen Wünsche auch bei Sharon Kempton als Fiordiligi und Karin Strobos als Dorabella. Beide zeigen sich stimmlich in guter Form und erfüllen ihre Partien auch sprachlich mit Sinn: Die Rezitative bringen sie pointiert, formen den Ausdruck mit den Mitteln des „singenden“ Sprechens. Und in den Arien ist der schöne Klang kein Selbstzweck, sondern Medium der Expressivität.’

Werner Häußner

Next 4 performances

Die verkaufte Braut


\"home_bkg\"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) and Cleopatra (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.

Most recently 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.


Opera and Operetta

Opera and Operetta roles

ZimmermannGraefin de la Roche, Die Soldaten 
MozartDie Erste Dame, Die Zauberfloete 
WagnerElisabeth (Tannhäuser)Wiesbaden
WagnerGerhilde, Die Walkuere 
BachMartha (Sopranpartie), Johannes-PassionWiesbaden
BeethovenMarzelline, FidelioWiesbaden
BizetMicaëla, CarmenWiesbaden
DonizettiNorina, Don PasqualeWiesbaden
GluckEuridice, Orfeo ed EuridiceWiesbaden
 Armide, ArmideWiesbaden
GounodSiebel, FaustWiesbaden
HändelCleopatra, Julius CaesarWiesbaden
HenzeElizabeth Zimmer, Elegie für junge LiebendeWiesbaden
HumperdinckGretel, Hänsel und GretelWiesbaden
KeiserElmira, CroesusWiesbaden
KüneckeJulia De Weert, Der Vetter aus DingsdaWiesbaden
LeharValencienne, Die Lustige WitweWiesbaden
MonteverdiPoppea, L’incoronazione di PoppeaWiesbaden
MozartIlia, IdomeneoWiesbaden
 Fiordiligi, Cosi fan TutteEssen
 Countess Almaviva, Le Nozze di FigaroWiesbaden
 Pamina, Die ZauberflöteWiesbaden
 Donna Elvira, Don GiovanniWiesbaden
OffenbachAntonia, Les Contes d\’HoffmannWiesbaden
PucciniMusetta, La BohémeWiesbaden
 Lauretta, Gianni SchicchiWiesbaden
  Eastern Met. Opera
PurcellDido, Dido and AeneasEastern Met. Opera
 Belinda, Dido and AeneasBendigo Chamber Choir
RossiniRosina, Il Barbiere di SivigliaWiesbaden
SchumannPeri, Das Paradies und die PeriWiesbaden
SelleckMarian, The Quickening (Australian premiere)Port Fairy Music Festival
ShostakovichAxinja, Lady Macbeth of MtsenskWiesbaden
SmetanaMarie, Die Verkaufte BrautWiesbaden
StraussFirst Nobel Orphan, Der RosenkavalierKöln Oper
 Najade, Ariadne auf NaxosWiesbaden
VerdiAlice Ford, FalstaffWiesbaden
WagnerRossweisse, Die WalküreWiesbaden
 Wellgunde, GötterdämmerungWiesbaden
 Wellgunde, Das RheingoldWiesbaden


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Poppea Wiesbaden

“Sharon Kempton shines as Poppea both with beautiful coloratura, her technically assured soprano gleaming in the highest register and her differentiated portrayal.”
Britta Steiner-Rinneberg, Rhein-Main-Taunus-Magazin 30/11/2010

“Sharon Kempton’s Poppea was slightly dark of tone and glowing”
Axel Zibulski, 30/11/2010

Julius Caesar

Sharon Kempton

Julius Caesar Hessen State Theatre

“…Sharon Kempton loves and lives authentically as Cleopatra, develops fervor and passion in anger, enhances her role with captivating coloraturas and at the end also with a portion of sassy eroticism.”
Rhein Zeitung 29.1.07

…Above all Sharon Kempton is completely convincing in her role as Cleopatra. Everything about her interpretation simply sparkles with focused energy. Vocally she is effortlessly able to meet all the demands of daring coloraturas”.Frankfurter Neue Presse 01/2/07

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