Deborah Humble, Mezzo Soprano – Helen Sykes Artists' Management

Deborah Humble


Described as “a bright mezzo soprano – pure tonal pleasure on every single note…”


Deborah Humble came to international attention for her performances of Erda Der Ring des Nibelungen in Claus Guth’s production at the Hamburg State Opera under Simone Young.

Read Deborah Humble’s full biography below.

Current Highlights

Verdi Requiem Orchestra Wellington, New Zealand


Wagner Wesendonck Lieder Sydney Chamber Music Festival


Beethoven Ninth Symphony Melbourne Symphony Orchestra


“…a lustrous young Erda…”

“Deborah Humble was a noble Erda…and she also excelled as the Walküre and Götterdämmerung Waltrautes.”

“…the dark, warm mezzo voice of Deborah Humble was outstanding.”

“Deborah Humble has long been an experienced Erda and sings the role with resonant pathos and a bright mezzo soprano – pure tonal pleasure on every single note! She also sang a flawless Waltraute.”




Deborah Humble is one of Australia’s most successful and versatile dramatic mezzo-sopranos.  She came to international attention for her performances of Erda Der Ring des Nibelungen in Claus Guth’s production at the Hamburg State Opera under Simone Young. She also performed Schwertleite, Waltraute, and Erste Norn in the same cycle, which was recorded on the Oehms label.

Deborah Humble’s major Wagner engagements have also included Erda and Waltraute Der Ring des Nibelungen with Opera Australia under Pietari Inkinen, Erda Das Rheingold in Brisbane under Simone Young and Erda Der Ring des Nibelungen with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden, recorded on the Naxos label.  She performed Erda Siegfried with Boston Philharmonic Orchestra under Benjamin Zander, Ein Blumenmädchen Parsifal with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons, Brangäne Tristan und Isolde with Orquesta Filharmonicá de la UNAM under Jan Latham-König in Mexico City, Erda Siegfried with Oper Halle under Karl Heinz Steffans, Erste Norn at the Teatro Petruccelli, Bari, under Stefan Anton Reck, Mary Der Fliegender Holländer for Opera de Lille and Erda Das Rheingold and Waltraute Götterdämmerung for Saffron Opera.

As a member of the ensemble at Hamburg Staatsoper Deborah Humble’s roles included First Maid Elektra with Simone Young and Kent Nagano, Zenobia Radamisto, Bradamante Alcina, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Suzuki Madama Butterfly, Olga Eugene Onegin, Catherine in Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher and Malik in the German premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s L’Upupa. 

Deborah Humble’s roles for Opera Australia included Amneris Aida, Brigitte Die Tote Stadt, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Sonyetka Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Lola Cavalleria rusticana, Mercedes Carmen, Rosette Manon, Clarissa The Love for Three Oranges (also recorded for Chandos Records under Richard Hickox) and the title role in Iolanthe.  She performed Pauline Pique Dame with Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Sydney Opera House under Vladimir Ashkenazy.  Her repertoire also includes Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor, Judith Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Klytemnestra Elektra.

Deborah Humble’s major concert engagements have included Beethoven Symphony No 9 with Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden, Mendelssohn Elijah at the Sydney Opera House under Paul McCreesh and Mozart Requiem with Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Johannes Fritzsch.  She has also performed with Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic and Melbourne Bach Choir, Minsk Radio Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Stuttgart Philharmonic.  Her repertoire includes Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Duruflé Requiem, Elgar Sea Pictures and The Kingdom, Handel Messiah, Mahler Third Symphony and Eighth Symphony, Verdi Requiem and Wagner Wesendonck Lieder.

Born in Bangor, Wales, Deborah Humble grew up in Adelaide, Australia. After gaining a Bachelor of Music from the University of Adelaide and a Masters Degree from the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne she was a member of the Victoria State Opera Young Artist Programme. 

Deborah Humble was a recipient of Australia’s prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship, a finalist in the International Wagner Competition in Seattle and is included in the Who’s Who of Australian Women.  She is a mentor for The Dame Nellie Melba Trust Programme for young opera singers in Australia and is an Ambassador for Sydney Eisteddfod.  In the United Kingdom she is a member of the Music Board for the Tait Memorial Trust and a proud ambassador for Worldwide Cancer Research.

This biography is not for publication.  Please contact the office for an updated version.


Träume Wesendonck-Lieder, Wagner
Im Treibhaus Wesendonck-Lieder, Wagner
Erda’s Warnung Das Rheingold, Wagner
Zigeunerlieder Johannes Brahms


Deborah Humble – Wagner: Siegfried

Wagner: Siegfried

“With steely nerves and a solid voice to boot, Deborah Humble as Erda targeted Wotan’s questions with offhand but forceful ripostes.”


Deborah Humble – Wagner: Das Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold

“…a voice as strong and beautiful as that of Australian mezzo-soprano Deborah Humble, and the direness of her Erda’s warnings to Wotan are all the more chilling for being so splendidly sung. Humble invests troves of rich, burnished tone and unerring dramatic instincts in her performance of “Weiche, Wotan, weiche!” The result is one of the most compelling recorded accounts of the brief but crucial role, one in which every note of the part is wholly in the voice and no compromises are required. Humble rivals Lili Chookasian and Oralia Dominguez for sheer vocal quality and uses German text as imaginatively as Maria von Ilosvay and Marga Hoeffgen. Arrogant and foolish indeed is the Wotan who fails to heed the counsel of such an Erda!”


Deborah Humble – Prokofiev: The Love For Three Oranges

Prokofiev: The Love For Three Oranges

“…heard in English for the first time and mounted with an ensemble of Opera Australia’s star performers…a jeu d’esprit…its pantomime spirit brilliantly caught.”


Deborah Humble – Wagner: Das Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold

“Deborah Humble’s Erda carries real weight of vocal authority, especially in the warnings of ‘Hoere, hoere, hoere!”


Deborah Humble – Wagner: Die Walkuere

Wagner: Die Walkuere

“A live performance. Simone Young guides her orchestra and singers through the score in great, irresistible waves of sound while still paying attention to the finest, meticulously rehearsed structural details.”


Deborah Humble – Wagner: Siegfried

Wagner: Siegfried

“Deborah Humble is an authoritative Erda.”


Wagner: Die Götterdämmerung

“Every performer here is in the top league of modern Wagner interpretation…there is some great ensemble singing from the Norns.”



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