„Especially the fabulous and shining Isolde which never seems exerted performed by Anja Kampe shows which kind of calibre she has got. Her Isolde has got warmth, emotions and determination. Her voice is full of strength but not too exuberant, flexible but definitely dramatic. It has the vocal pitch, a broad and full middle tessitura and an extraordinary luscious depth. Thanks to her dazzling stage presence, her characterful round timbre on the finely focussed level of her soprano Anja Kampe succeeded in the doubtlessly most convincing vocal performance of the premiere evening.” (Das Opernglas)
Her international break-through took place in 2003 as the celebrated Sieglinde performing next to Placido Domingo at the Washington National Opera. Important debuts followed: 2004 Jenufa (Antwerp), 2005 Elsa (Trieste) and Odabella (Antiquefestival Trier), 2006 Fidelio-Leonore (Glyndebourne) and Ariadne (Teatro Real Madrid), 2009 Isolde (Glyndebourne, 2011 Ruhr Triennale), 2010 Elisabeth (Vienna State Opera) and 2011 Kundry (Barcelona). Anja Kampe is much celebrated in her signature role as Senta which she has sung at the Bayerische Staatsoepr, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Brussels, the New National Theatre Tokyo and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, at Covent Garden, at the Teatro Real Madrid, in Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, Zurich and Milano. The artist has a special relationship with the Los Angeles Opera, where she already sang the Fidelio-Leonore (2007), Giorgetta (2008), Sieglinde (2009) and Carlotta (Die Gezeichneten, 2010) as well as with the Bayerische Staatsoper where she sang Senta (since 2006), Ariadne (2009), Fidelio-Leonore (2010-2011) and Sieglinde in the new RING (2012), a role she has also sung with Daniel Barenboim in the RING in Berlin and in RING at the Bayreuth Festival (2013). Further engagements include Leonore in the new production of Fidelio at Zurich in autumn 2013, Senta at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, Sieglinde in a new production at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona and her debut at the Wagner Festival Budapest with the same role.
The season 2014-15 starts with her debut as Puccini's Tosca in a new production at the Staatsoper Berlin under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim. Furthermore she is Fidelio in a new production of the Teatro alla Scala and in Zurich, returns to the Staatsoper Berlin as Kundry and to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Sieglinde, and sings Sieglinde and Isolde in the new production of Tristan and Isolde at the Bayreuth Festival.