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Sibylla Rubens (Soprano)

Born: Germany

The German soprano, Sibylla Rubens, studied concert and opera singing at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Trossingen and at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt/Main. She rounded off her training by taking part in numerous master-classes, amongst others with Edith Mathis, Irvin Cage (master-class on Lied Interpretation in Zürich) and others. Since 1992 she studied with Prof. Elsa Cavelti in Basle.

The moving timbre of her voice, her natural charisma and the superb musical instincts she applies to her extensive repertoire made Sibylla Rubens a much sought-after artist in Germany and abroad. Her debut at the Deutsche Symphonieorchester Berlin with Felix Mendelssohn's Lobgesang under Vladimir Ashkenazy was so successful that she immediately was re-invited for concerts of Robert Schumann’s Faust-Szenen conducted by Marek Janowski. Of the countless concerts from the past, the highlights are her performances with the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam under Philippe Herreweghe (amongst others Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem), with Hartmut Haenchen (Johannes BrahmsDeutsches Requiem and J.S. Bach's Magnificat, BWV 243), Heinrich Schiff (Gustav Mahler's Symphony N° 4 and L.v. Beethoven’s Symphonie N° 9 in Vienna), Heinz Holliger (Mozart arias) and performances with the Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin under Jeffrey Tate, to name but a few.

For many years Sibylla Rubens has closely collaborated with the Stuttgart Bach Academy Helmuth Rilling with whom she go on concert tours to Italy in autumn and spring of 2007-2008 season (St. Johns-Passion BWV 245). Various recordings for Hänssler Classic developed from this collaboration, amongst them numerous Bach Cantatas, the Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) and the Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) and the Schubert/Denisov Lazarus. She regularly goes on tour with Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale Gent (recently she took part in his new recording of St Matthew Passion (BWV 244), alternatively with the Windsbacher Knabenchor. Her international engagements of the recent past include J.S. Bach's St. Mathew-Passion (BWV 244) at the Carnegie Hall in New York, at the RTVE- Orchestra in Madrid and at the RAI in Turin.

Projects with conductors like Herbert Blomstedt, Michael Gielen, Leopold Hager, René Jacobs, Marek Janowski, Ton Koopman, Fabio Luisi, Roger Norrington, Jonathan Nott, Peter Schreier, and brought her to the Canadian Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, La Chapelle Royale, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, RIAS-Kammerchor Berlin, in the Vienna Musikverein, Camerata Academica Salzburg, Zürcher Tonhalle-Orchester as well as to SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden & Freiburg, Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Dresdner Philharmonie, Bamberger Symphoniker and SWR Radiosinfonieorchester in Stuttgart.

Sibylla Rubens is also as a lied singer very successful. She had her first recital with Irwin Gage at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele in 1999, an extremely harmonious collaboration which has been continued with recitals in Barcelona Amsterdam and Nuremberg. Equally successful were her performances of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch together with Thomas Quasthoff and Justus Zeyen, which could be heard among other festivals at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg. The varied soprano repertoire has taken Sibylla Rubens to concerts and festivals at home and abroad. She has given concerts in Berlin, Frankfurt, Würzburg and Zürich and toured Italy, France, England, Poland and Scandinavia. She has also appeared in the Schleswig-Holstein music festival and the European music festival in Stuttgart. In 2007-2008 season she is to give recitals at the Rheingau Musik Festival, in Basel and in Tübingen.

Highlights to date include F. Mendelssohn’s Elias with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Fauré’s Requiem with the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam (Philippe Herreweghe), J. Brahms' Deutsche Requiem with the Netherlands Philharmonic in Amsterdam (Hartmut Haenchen), a tour of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah with the Windsbacher Knabenchor and an extensive European tour with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Canada). In opera she has sung the roles of Pamina (Magic Flute) at the Stuttgart State Opera and Marcellina (Figaro).

Recent engagements include J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243) (Hartmut Haenchen), G. Mahler's 4th Symphony with the Strasbourg Philharmonic and a tour of Mozart’s arias with the Chapelle Royale led by Philippe Herreweghe. In addition Sibylla Rubens sang Haydn’s Nelson-Messe and Schnittke’s Requiem with Hartmut Haenchen in Amsterdam. She also worked closely together with the Gächinger Kantorei (Helmuth Rilling) on various concerts and recordings and continued her regular appearances with the Windsbacher Knabenchor.

Amongst other concerts in the season of 2007-2008 Sibylla Rubens will sing Haydn´s Paukenmesse with the MDR Sinfonieorchester under Jun Märkl, L.v. Beethoven's Egmont with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester, various concerts with F. Mendelssohn's Lobgesang and J. Brahms' Requiem in Madrid, Barcelona and Oviedo, as well as Robert Schumann´s Requiem at the Münchner Philharmoniker under Christian Thielemann baton. Further invitations to Montreal (Christmas Oratorio BWV 248)) from Kent Nagano and to the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene/USA will follow.

Sibylla Rubens has participated in numerous orchestra recordings for hänssler, Erato and Harmonia Mundi. Next to other engagement she was asked to sing in both award winning records of the Bach-Passions under Philippe Herreweghe. Remakable as well is her recording of the Denisov-adaption of Schubert's Lazarus with Hänssler. With the same label she released a Lied recording with compositions by Mozart/Schubert and Anselm Hüttenbrenner (with Irwin Gage as an accompanist). Ton Koopman dared a reconstruction of the J.S. Bach's Markus-Passion (BWV 247) and asked Sibylla Rubens to sing in his Solo-quartet. Her most recent CD's are the Mozart Requiem under Christian Thielemann with the Deutsche Grammophon and Robert Schumann Lieder and Songs op. 27 with Naxos. The world-wide first complete recording of Humperdinck-Lieder will be released by Oehms-Classics in autumn 2007.

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Source: Liner notes to Hänssler CD-92.061 (Secular Cantatas BWV 201 - conducted by Rilling, 1999); Liner notes to Rondeau ROP-2001 (Magnificat & 3 Motets, conducted by Beringer, 1999); KS Gasteig Website (2007-2008)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2001, April 2008)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Michael Behringer


Anna Magdalena Notenbüchlein BWV 299, BWV 508, BWV 513, BWV 514, Recitative & Aria from BWV 82

Karl-Friedrich Beringer


BWV 1, BWV 78 [1st, Video], BWV 78 [2nd], ,BWV 140 [1st Video], BWV 140 [2nd], BWV 243

Frieder Bernius


Member of Kammerchor Stuttgart:
[C-1] (1990): BWV 206, BWV 207a

Pierre Cao


BWV 232 [TV]

Michael Gielen


BWV 245 [TV]

Thomas Hengelbrock


F.B. Conti: Cantata Languet anima mea
G.F. Handel: Cantata Armida Abbandonata, HWV 105

Philippe Herreweghe


BWV 36, BWV 61, BWV 62, BWV 244 [2nd], BWV 245 [2nd]

René Jacobs


[V-1] (1995): BWV 225-230

Ton Koopman


BWV 5, BWV 10, BWV 37, BWV 41, BWV 49, BWV 52, BWV 57, BWV 70, BWV 86, BWV 94, BWV 113, BWV 115, BWV 116, BWV 127, BWV 139, BWV 146, BWV 188, BWV 194, BWV 206, BWV 207a, BWV 247

Rudolf Lutz


DVD/CD: BWV 47, BWV 51 [2016], BWV 92 [2016], BWV 98, BWV 198

Hans-Christoph Rademann


Bachfest Leipzig 2011: BWV 1, BWV 6
V-9 (2012):
BWV 248/1-6 [2nd recording]

Helmuth Rilling


BWV 4, BWV 34a, BWV 69a, BWV 79, BWV 110, BWV 201, BWV 202, BWV 204, BWV 205, BWV 208, BWV 209, BWV 210, BWV 213, BWV 214, BWV 215
BWV 232, BWV 243a, BWV 248, Chorales & Sacred Songs, BWV 524

Peter Schreier


BWV 248 [DVD+CD]

Markus Stenz


BWV 244

Sebastian Weigle


Duet from BWV 248 [w/ bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff]

Links to other Sites

Sibylla Rubens (KünstlerSekretariat am Gasteig) [German]
Sibylla Rubens (LKKL) [German]
Salzburger Festspiele 2005: Sibylla Rubens [German]
Heidelberger Frühling - Sybilla Rubens (Sopran) [N/A]
Sibylla Rubens, soprano (Festival Wallonie) [French]

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