Biography

Camila Ribero-Souza was born in São Paulo, Brazil, where she studied singing with Jocelyne Gallo, Edilson Costa and Luiz Tenaglia. She earned a Baccalaureate degree in opera singing from Faculdades Santa Marcelina and a Diploma in Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpretation and Literary and Technical Translation from Associação Alumni (São Paulo - Brazil), being fluent in Portuguese, English, French, Italian and German, and also having a basic working knowledge in Spanish. She has earned a Master of Music in Opera Performance Degree "With Distinction" from the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester - UK), under the vocal guidance of Thomas Schulze, thanks to the generous support of the Leverhulme Trust. For 2009/2010, she was a special guest member of the now extinct Nederland Opera Studio. Until 2013 she was mentored by dramatic tenor Ian Storey, but now finds herself under the vocal guidance of the american dramatic soprano Nadine Secunde. In February 2018 she will leave the Ensemble of the Meininger Staatstheater, where she has been a fixed member since March 2011, to join the Ensemble of the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar.

In her early career, in Brazil, she has sung Serpina in La Serva Padrona (G.B. Pergolesi), recorded live by Radio Cultura FM, Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne (W.A.Mozart), recorded live by Radio Cultura FM, Flaminia in the Brazilian national première of Il Mondo della Luna (J. Haydn), Queen of Spades in O Chá de Alice (musical comedy based on Lewis Caroll), Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (W.A.Mozart), Spring, First Fairy and Mistery in The Fairy Queen (H. Purcell), Elena in Il Capello di Paglia di Firenze (Nino Rota), Schleppträgerin in Elektra (R. Strauss). As a Master Degree in Performance student in Manchester, England, she sang the title-role in Kát'a Kabanová (L. Janacek), in Manchester and Mimi in La Bohème (G. Puccini), in London (with the British Youth Opera).

She has made her professional German and European début as Irene in Rienzi (Wagner) and has since sung Baronin Freimann in Der Wildschütz (Lortzin) in Meiningen and Eisenach, Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) in Meiningen, Eisenach, Nordhausen/Rudolstadt, Hof and Bayreuth (both in German and Italian) , Mariana in Das Liebesverbot (Wagner) in Meiningen, Sylva Varescu in Die Csárdásfürstin (Kálmán) in Meiningen, Eisenach, Görlitz-Zittau and Pforzheim, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) in Meiningen, Pforzheim and Radebeul by Dresden, the Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia (Britten) in Meiningen and Eisenach, Ažar in the German Premiere of Abai (A. K. Schubanow & L. A. Hamidi), Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) in Meiningen and Eisenach, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser (Wagner) in the Wartburg Castle, Feldmarschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss), La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) in Meiningen, Eisenach and Ingolstadt, the title-role in Kát'a Kábanová (Janacek) in Manchester, Meiningen and Krefeld, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss) in Meiningen, Eisenach and the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Mother Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel, Gräfin Madeleine in Capriccio, the title-role in Gräfin Mariza in Meiningen and Eisenach, Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Giulietta in Hoffmanns Erzälungen and has created the role of Elena, for the world premiere of Anya 17 (Adam Gorb/Ben Kaye); she has also taken part in Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Kantate 129, Vivaldi's Beatus Vir, In Furore Iustissimae Irae and Gloria, Poulenc's Gloria, Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5, Ravel's Shéhérazade, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, the mezzo-solo part in Alexandre Goehr's Sing, Ariel, at the Wigmore Hall (London), Debussy's La Damoiselle Éllue and Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Meiningen, Verdi's Messa da Requiem in Meiningen and Schweinfurt as well as Lieder by R. Strauss, Wagner, Brahms, Mahler, Schubert, Grieg, Tschaikovsky, Korsakov, Glinka and Rachmaninoff, having worked with conductors Emiliano Patarra, Hadrian Avila Arzuza, Roberto Minczuk, John Neschling, Clark Rundell, Robert Houssart, Matthew Coorey, Mark Heron, Tom Hammond, Philippe Bach, Alexander Steinitz, Elisa Gogou, Alan Buribayev, Leo McFall, Arturo Alvarado, Chin Chao Lin and Michael Helmrath, and has sung at the Opening Concert of the Astana New Opera House (Astana, Kazakstan) as soprano solo, under the baton of Mo. Alan Buribayev.

She has participated in masterclasses with Neyde Thomas (Brazil), Rio Novello (Italy), Regina Elena Mesquita (Brazil), Virginia Zeani (Rumania - USA), Ian Storey (UK), Heidi Grant Murphy (USA), Nathalie Stutzmann (France), Rita Contino (Uruguay), Mara Zampieri (Italy), Sir Thomas Allen (UK), Dennis O'Neill (UK) and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (New Zealand/UK), being also a finalist in the IV and VI Maria Callas Brazilian Voice Competition and the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award for Singers.

In March 2013 she was awarded with the Ulrich-Bernhard Förderpreis für Junge Künstler 2013, in Meiningen, Germany.

In October 2014 she was nominated Singer of the Year in the internationally acclaimed opera magazine OPERNWELT by Tom Sutcliffe (Opera Now, New Directions; London), for her performance as Marschallin in Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier.

Her future engagements include her débuts in the title-role of Tosca for the Meininger Staatstheater in September 2017, as well as revivals of Giulietta and Gräfin Mariza for that house in the second semester of 2017, and her début at the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar will take place as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser in April 2018, followed by Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera in June 2018.

Camila Ribero-Souza

Portrait by Sebastian Stolz