Biography

After studying at the Ghent Royal Conservatory of Music, where she took vocal training courses with Zeger Vandersteene and Paule Daloze, Anne Cambier acquired further singing qualifications with the renowned singing teacher Noëlle Barker at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. At the same time she was taking many master classes with (among others) Suzanne Danco, Hugues Quenod, Thomas Hampson, Geoffrey Parsons, Thomas Hemsley, Graham Johnson and Paul Hamburger. During her stay in London she already performed a number of roles at various British opera companies and worked regularly with Les Arts Florissants, conducted by William Christie.

As of 1996 her career developed rapidly thanks to, among others, the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. She was invited by most Belgian orchestras and worked with conductors such as C. Hogwood, A. Pappano, S. Ozawa, R. Goebel, P. Goodwin, P. Dombrecht and G. Octors.

In 1997 Anne Cambier made her debut at La Monnaie in Brussels. This was followed by a series of other opera roles, including those in Parsifal (A. Pappano), Orfeo (Trisha Brown / R. Jacobs) with performances in Aix-en-Provence, London, Paris and New York, Le Nozze di Figaro (A. Pappano), La Rappresentazione di Anima e di Corpo with La Fenice, conducted by Jean Tubéry. At the Flanders Opera, she impersonated Karolka in Janácek’s Jenufa, a Robert Carsen production that was also performed in Japan, conducted by Seiji Ozawa. The opera was successfully put on again in October 2004 at the VLOS (Vlaamse Operastichting – Flemish Opera Foundation).

With the chamber opera company ‘Transparant’, Anne interpreted Barber songs and sang the lead role in Mozart’ss Zaïde (performances at the Edinburgh and Covent Garden Festivals with The Academy of Ancient Music). Especially her rendition of Seleuce (Tolomeo-Händel), directed by L. Hume with Il Fondamento, conducted by P. Dombrecht was very successful. In the 2002-2003 season, she impersonated Elisa in Mozart’s Il Re Pastore (Belgium, The Netherlands). Last season at the RuhrTriennale, she gave a striking rendition of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Marc Minkowski.

Anne Cambier has an extensive song repertoire and gives recitals with pianists such as Jozef De Beenhouwer, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Levente Kende and especially Jan Vermeulen (fortepiano). Their CD “Mozart-Haydn Lieder” has received excellent reviews.
Anne Cambier regularly performs with baroque orchestras such as Musica Antiqua Köln, Les Agrémens, Il Fondamento, The Academy of Ancient Music, La Petite Bande, … and is working increasingly with her own baroque ensemble I Justiniani. Their first CD “Songs by Henry Purcell” was very favorably received and the performance got a 10/10 in the leading Dutch journal “Luister”.

Last season Anne Cambier was the festival guest at the Festival van Vlaanderen Kortrijk (Flanders Festival in the city of Courtrai). Last summer she and Il Fondamento were on an international tour with Händels Israel in Egypt. She was also one of the soloists in the children’s performance Mozart Onvoltooid (‘Mozart Unfinished’), a Pantalone production with concerts in Vienna and La Monnaie in Brussels.

Today, Anne Cambier is very active in Spain. Last year several recordings with La Grande Chapelle have been realized, an ensemble conducted by Àngel Recasens that explores Spanish baroque music. With her own ensemble ‘I Justiniani’ she’s also increasingly giving concerts in Spain.

For the 2006-2007 season a number of concerts with La Caccia Consort (the ensemble of recorder player Patrick Denecker) have been planned, as well as several recitals with Jan Vermeulen on fortepiano. In 2007 Janácek’s opera Jenufa will be put on again in Luxembourg.