„Anja Kampe ist die rotglühende Sonne, um die diese Aufführung kreist. Eine sehr menschliche, tief empfindende Katerina, unerschrocken, selbstlos und mit viel Sopransubstanz gestaltet. Die Partie wird nicht ans Deklamieren verraten, sondern tatsächlich und bis zur Entäußerung gesungen.“ (Münchner Merkur)
Anja Kampe celebrated her international breakthrough 2003 as Sieglinde together with Placido Domingo at the Washington National Opera. Since then, she could be seen in this role amongst others at the Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, at the Wagner in Budapest Festival, at the Proms London as well as at the Bayreuther Festspiele. In Bayreuth she sang this role with great success under the baton of Kirill Petrenko from 2013 to 2015.
The German Soprano is also famous for her interpretation of Senta, a role she sang amongst others at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, at the New National Theatre Tokyo, at the Deutschen Oper am Rhein, the Staatsoper Hamburg, in Covent Garden, at the Teatro Real as well as in Vienna, Zurich and Milano. In 2006, she made her debut as Fidelio-Leonore in Glyndebourne and was already guesting in this role in Reggio Emilia, Ferrara, Baden-Baden, Madrid, Zurich, Los Angeles, at the Wiener Staatsoper and the Bayerische Staatsoper. In 2014 she was Leonore for the re-opening of the Teatro alla Scala Milano under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.
In season 2014/15, Anja Kampe made her highly acclaimed debut of Tosca at the Staatsoper Berlin, as well under the musical direction of M° Barenboim, and sang there her first Kundry in Germany. In 2015/16, she could be heard amongst others in concerts with Valéry Gergiev in Munich and St. Petersburg, with Péter Halász Budapest (Verdi Requiem), in revivals of Tosca and Die Walküre in Berlin, in Fidelio and in Die Walküre in Munich as well as in Fidelio in Vienna and in Die Walküre at the Wagner in Budapest Festival. At the KunstFestspiele Herrenhausen in June 2016, she made her successful debut as Tove in Schönberg’s Gurrelieder and could repeat this success at the Edinburgh International Festival 2016.
In the current season, Anja Kampe made her highly acclaimed debut with Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene under the baton of Philippe Jordan in two concerts at the Opéra Bastille in Paris and at the Musikverein in Vienna. The Immolation Scene also was part of the program, she performed under the baton of Christian Thielemann in Düsseldorf, Hannover and at the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. The roles, which she performs at all important stages worldwide, also include Ariadne, Isolde, Giorgetta, Carlotta, Jenufa, Elsa and Odabella. Recently she added Katerina Ismailowa in Lady Macbeth of Mzensk to her various repertoire. In the new production at the Bayerische Staatsoper directed by Harry Kupfer and under the baton of Kirill Petrenko she could celebrate a great success which attracted worldwide attention. and in April 2017, her debut as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre under baton of Christian Thielemann will follow at the Osterfestspiele Salzburg.
Anja Kampe has worked with the following conductors amongst others: Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Sir Mark Elder, Adam Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Valéry Gergiev, Hartmut Haenchen, Daniel Harding, Marek Janowski, Philippe Jordan, Vladimir Jurowski, Alexander Liebreich, Jesùs López-Cobos, Fabio Luisi, Nicola Luisotti, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Kazushi Ono, Kirill Petrenko, Donald Runnicles, Christian Thielemann, Franz Welser-Möst and Simone Young. The most important directors she worked with are Calixto Bieito, Willy decker, Claus Guth, Andreas Homoki, Peter Konwitschny, Harry Kupfer and Dimitri Tscherniakow.
Published on DVD is Der Fliegende Holländer from Zurich and publishes on CD are the productions of Tristan und Isolde and Fidelio from Glyndebourne as well as Die Gezeichneten from Los Angeles. In 2013, the recording of Die Walküre with Valéry Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra won the Echo Klassik for the best Opera Recording of the Year. Since September 2016, the production of Parsifal at the Staatsoper Berlin also is available on DVD.