The outstanding soprano Kim-Lillian Strebel has been a solo artist member of Freiburg Oper for the past two seasons, during which time she has risen to international acclaim, both on the operatic stage and the concert platform.
Kim-Lillian grew up in London and Switzerland. She first studied with the late Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, winning scholarships to the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was invited to become a Samling Artist. She was a pupil of Ryland Davies and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. During her studies she sang her first roles at Scottish Opera; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, the Chief Hen in The Cunning Little Vixen and Louisa in Betrothal in a Monastery.
She was a young artist at the Basel Opera, where her roles included Orazie in Purcell’s Indian Queen, Princesse in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges and later Gretel. As a member of the Young Ensemble and then guest artist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, she sang Papagena and 1st Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, Gretel and Musetta, the Hirt in Tannhäuser, the Niece in Peter Grimes under Donald Runnicles and Nicoletta in The Love of Three Oranges. She repeated Countess Ceprano with the Leipzig Oper. In 2015 she made her debut at the Komische Oper, Berlin as Lauretta in their new production of Gianni Schicchi, directed by Calixto Bieito.
In Freiburg her roles have included Angelica in Handel’s Orlando, Micaela in Carmen, Eurydice in Orfeo and Astaroth in Goldmark’s Queen of Saba. This season she has sung Adina, L’elisir d’amore and Fiordiligi Così Fan Tutte and in the 2016/17 season she will sing the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon. In 2014 she also sang Micaela at the Menuhin Music Festival, Gstaad and at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele.
Kim-Lillian is also an accomplished lieder and orchestral singer, having given recitals and concerts in Essen (Mahler and Berg), in the Tonhalle Zürich (Grieg’s Peer Gynt), in London (Schumann, Schubert and Mendelssohn) and in Glasgow (Wolf and Mahler) She made her US debut – performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony – in January 2016 and her live BBC broadcast debut concert in the same work under Maestro Runnicles with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow in March this year.
Future engagements include her return to Atlanta for performances of Fauré’s Requiem and her debut with the Cincinnati Opera, where she will sing Pamina in Barry Kosky’s internationally acclaimed production of Die Zauberflöte.
Kim-Lillian Strebel has recently been taken on by HarrisonParrott for her worldwide management.