The Roumanian-born mezzo-soprano Hermine May, has won many international Opera competitions such as : „ Bundeswettbwerb Gesang“ and Liederkranz Foundation/ NewYork! She started her career as a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Subsequently she established herself international with roles of the lyric repertoire, in order to concentrate the last years on the dramatic repertoire! Today roles like Carmen, Kundry, Brangäne, Venus, Delilah and Azucena are her preferred parts.
Musically she was embossed through the work with Zubin Mehta, under his baton she sang the Magdalene in „ Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg“ at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, also the Zemlinsky Maeterlinck –Lieder with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Tel Aviv und Beethovens 9. symphonie. Raffael Frühbeck de Burgos, Nello Santi, Pinchas Steinberg, Friedemann Layer, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Ralf Weikert and Ulf Schirmer are other important conducters who gave her artistic impulses.
Hermine May‘s Repertoire brought her to sing at the Scala di Milano, Opera House of Torino(Brangäne), Rome (Brangäne), Genova( Brangäne), Verona(Brangäne), Naples( Clairon), Copenhagen(Venus), Strassbourg(Brangäne and Delilah), Nizza, Graz(Santuzza), Shanghai und Hongkong(Carmen).
On the concert platform, sie has had great success with works of Gustav Mahler, the Verdi-Requiem, die Alto-Rapsodie of Brahms and Wagner's Wesendonck-Songs.
Hermine May’s CD recordings include Bellini's „Il Pirata“ with Lucia Aliberti conducted by Marcello Viotti, Schubert's Mass in E-Flat with Jonas Kaufmann, Hermann Prey and Deon van der Walt under the baton of Sylvain Cambreling and Carl Loewe's „ Die drei Wünsche“.
DVD-Productions of Carmen und Aida/Amneris demonstrate her creative power on stage.
This year Hermine May will sing the mezzo-part of the Verdi-requiem under the baton of maestro Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna on a tour through Europe ( Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Grand Theatre de Geneve, Grand Theatre de Provence, Konzerthaus Vienna etc..). At the Ghuangzhou Opera House she will sing the Ulrica in Verdi’s „Ballo in Maschera“ and the Maddalena in „Rigoletto".