Acclaimed for her rich, luminous voice, Mezzo Soprano, Fredrika Brillembourg is known for her unusual versatility in roles ranging from Carmen to Brangäne to Ligeti's Mescalina. "Fredrika Brillembourg possesses a striking velvety timbre, she gives her character a magnificent presence, both as a singer and as an actress." (Le Soir, Brussels)
Recent debuts include Amneris in AIDA at Stuttgart Opera, Manfred Honneck conducting, Adalgisa in NORMA with Croatian National Opera in Zagreb, US debut as Carmen in CARMEN with Sarasota Opera, Klementia in Paul Hindemith's SANCTA SUSANNA with the American Symphony Orchestra at the 2010 Bard Festival, the First Norn and Flosshilde in concert performances of GÖTTERDAMMERUNG with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, and Jitsuko Honda in the Japanese premiere of Toshio Hosokawa's opera HANJO in Tokyo's Suntory Hall, a production that was subsequently featured at the Third International Milan Torino Festival (MiTO Settembre). Brillembourg created this role in the world premiere of HANJO directed by Anna Teresa de Keersmacher and conducted by Kazushi Ono in 2004 in a co-production with the Festival in Aix en Provence and Theatre royal de la Monnaie, Brussels. In this last season Brillembourg has sung Countessa di Coigny and Madelon in ANDREA CHENIER at Bregenz Festival, Mahler Symphony No. 2, broadcast live with the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria, Emil Tabakov conducting, Amneris AIDA at the May Opera Evenings, Macedonian National Opera, and the title role of CARMEN with Sarasota Opera.
As a member of the ensemble in Bremen from 1995-2001, she sang in new productions all the main roles of her fach and she was the first singer in the history of the theater to with both the Kurt Hübner Prize and the Bremen Volksbuhne Prize. Engagements followed at: The International Festival in Aix-en-Provence; Theatre royal de la Monnaie; De Nederlandse Opera; Grand Theatre Genève; Athen's Megaron; Opera Lyon; Brooklyn Academy of Music; New York City Opera; Seattle Opera; Teatro de la Fenice; Deutsche Oper am Rhein; Komische Oper Berlin; Teatro Sao Carlos, Lisbon: Teatro Massimo Bellini Catania and Dresden's Semperoper.
Fredrika Brillembourg has performed with a number of prestigious orchestras such as The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, MusikFabrik Köln and The Mahler Chamber Orchestra in repetory that includes: Mahler's Kindertotenlieder; Elgar's Sea Pictures; Verdi Messa da Requiem and the Bach Passions. She has sung under the baton of Antonio Pappano, Ingo Metzmacher, Sir Jeffrey Tate, Sakari Oramo, Kazushi Ono, Mark Albrecht, Daniel Harding, Kent Nagano, Ulf Schirmer and Placido Domingo and has collaborated with prominent stage directors including: Christof Loy, Willy Decker, Robert Carsen, Stephen Wadsworth, Martin Kusej, Keith Warner and Jonathon Miller.
On CD, Fredrika Brillembourg can be heard as Sezuki on the Naxos label in Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY, in solo arias with the Berlin Symphoniker, Eduardo Marturet conducting, in Bach's B Minor Mass with Stuttgarter Kammerochester, Stravinsky Les Noces with Sylvain Cambreling and on the CD and DVD in a live performance of the Verdi Requiem with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas conducted by Placido Domingo.
Recent engagements include Marco MARCO POLO with Den Nye Opera at the Bergen Festival, Mahler's Eighth Symphony with the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leo Botstein and a return to Berlin's Komische Oper as the Witch in a new production of HANSEL UND GRETEL. Future engagements include the Witch HANSEL UND GRETEL and Maddalena RIGOLETTO, both for Komische Oper, the Narrator THE RAVEN for Gotham Chamber Opera as part of the New York Philharmonic's inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL festival and Teresa LA SONNAMBULA for Oper Frankfurt.