Renate Behle


For more than fifteen years Renate Behle has been one of the world’s most outstanding
interpreters of dramatic roles.

Following her studies in Graz and Rome, Renate Behle sang at the Baden State Theatre
in Karlsruhe for two years. In order to have more time for her family after the birth of
her son, she joined the chorus of the North German Radio as first alto in 1974. Five
years later an engagement as lyric mezzo-soprano at the Musiktheater im Revier in
Gelsenkirchen followed.

In 1982 she was engaged by the Lower Saxony State Opera in Hanover, where she was a
member of the ensemble for fifteen years, despite her steadily growing international
reputation – an important period of development during which she acquired a wide-
ranging repertoire of roles from Hansel to Eboli. She was named Kammersängerin in

In recent years Renate Behle has concentrated on roles in the dramatic soprano/mezzo-
soprano Zwischenfach, and has sung roles such as Herodias and Klytämnestra in
Dresden, Mannheim, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and at the Berlin State Opera;
Aufseherin in Elektra at the festival in Aix-en-Provence, at La Scala Milan and in Berlin
and Barcelona; Babulenka (Prokofiev’s The Gambler) at the Netherlands Opera
Amsterdam as well as the Mother (Hänsel und Gretel) and the Old Burya (Jenufa) in
Stuttgart and at the Bavarian State Opera. Her successful involvement with Wolfgang Rihm’s work includes his opera Das Gehege, which she sung at the Bavarian State Opera, and Penthesilea Monologue in Basel.

More recent engagements include Pique Dame (Countess) at the Hamburg State Opera,
Elektra (Aufseherin) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Arabella (Adelaide) in
Leipzig and, in Hannover, Lot (Wife of Abraham) and Dialogues des Carmelites (Madame
de Croissy). She is due to sing the role of Aufseherin at La Scala in Milan in the 2018/19

Her international career has taken her to the world’s most renowned opera houses. She
has sung Leonore (Fidelio) at the MET, Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival;
Brünnhilde in Cologne, Stuttgart and Austin, Texas; Isolde in Los Angeles and Houston;
Senta at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Färberin at Dresden’s Semperoper; Ortrud in
Hamburg, Dresden and Madrid; as well as Salome at La Scala. She has enjoyed a close
association with Hamburg State Opera, where she has sung all the major roles of her
repertoire, from Sieglinde to Brünnhilde, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, Katarina in Lady
Macbeth of Mtsensk and Ariadne.

Renate Behle’s recordings include: Zemlinsky’s Der Kreidekreis (with S. Soltesz) and
Spohr’s Jessonda (G. Albrecht), Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico (I. Metzmacher) and
Penthesilea (M. Venzago), Beethoven’s 9th (M. Gielen), as well as Fidelio and Walküre
on DVD.

Engelbert Humperdinck – Hänsel und Gretel – Mutter (Gertrud)
Accademia di Santa Cecilia Roma, Bayerische Staatsoper München
Leoš Janácek – Jenufa – Alte Burya
Staatstheater Stuttgart, Bayerische Staatsoper München
Sergei Prokofiev – Igrok (The Gambler) – Babulenka
De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam
Richard Strauss – Elektra – Aufseherin
Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Bruxelles, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Teatro alla Scala Milano
Richard Strauss – Elektra – Klytämnestra
Staatsoper Hamburg, Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Staatsoper Berlin
Richard Strauss – Die Frau ohne Schatten – Färberin
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Theater Essen, Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Hannover
Richard Strauss – Salome – Herodias
Oper Köln, Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, Staatsoper Berlin
Wolfgang Rihm – Das Gehege – Die Frau
Bayerische Staatsoper München
Wolfgang Rihm – Penthesilea Monolog
Theater Basel
Richard Wagner – Lohengrin – Ortrud
Staatsoper Hamburg, Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden
Richard Wagner – Die Walküre – Fricka