Bio: The German dramatic soprano RUTH STAFFA, born in Wiesbaden, studied Fine Arts at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. She received her Masters of Art under Rebecca Horn. After graduation she studied Opera and Concert Singing at the Hochschule für Musik & Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig under KS Prof. Achim Wichert and graduated with a diploma in opera and concert singing. During her studies she was awarded a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Association, Leipzig.
Master classes under Hilde Zadek, Hanna Ludwig, Sena Jurinac, Yevgeny Nesterenko and Charles Spencer were a great inspiration for her artistic development. Her current vocal mentor is the German Heldentenor KS Reiner Goldberg. While still a student, RUTH STAFFA gave her operatic début as Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos (R. Strauss) in a production of the Rheinsberg Chamber Opera under the baton of Christian Thielemann and the direction of Erhard Fischer.
Other roles as a young dramatic and dramatic soprano followed: Mother in Hänsel und Gretel under the baton of Marc Piollet in Neues Theater Halle, Tosca under the direction of Bernd Mottl at the Staatstheater Cottbus,Fidelio-Leonore under the baton of Jan Zbavitel at the National Theatre Brno, Sieglinde in Die Walküre conducted by Ulf Schirmer/Wolfgang Bozic and directed by Gisbert Jäkel at Opernhaus Graz.
She sang Ortlinde in Die Walküre at the Semperoper Dresden (conducted by Semyon Bychkov / Lothar Zagrosek, directed by Willy Decker) and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (conducted by Donald Runnicles, Direction: Götz Friedrich).
In 2007, RUTH STAFFA was the cover for all three Brünnhildes (Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung) in a production of Ring des Nibelungen under the artistic direction of Gustav Kuhn at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl. In the 2008/2009 she had her début as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera (G.Verdi, sung in German) under the baton of Eckehard Stier at the Theater Görlitz.
During the seasons 2010/2011 to 2013/2014, RUTH STAFFA was a member of the ensemble of the Staatstheater Mainz, in which she expanded her repertoire, i.e., her Italian repertoire for Verdi with the roles Lady Macbeth and Amelia, which she performed in Italian under the baton of Andreas Hotz and Florian Csizmadia, and Helena in Mefistofele by A. Boito.
This period was shaped by the German director Tilman Knabe. Under his direction RUTH STAFFA's German repertoire grew. Her début in the high dramatic roles of Isolde in Tristan and Isolde (R. Wagner) and Elektra in Elektra (R. Strauss) were a great success. Prior to this, she had covered for the Elektra of Janice Baird at the Oper Leipzig under the direction of Peter Konwitschny and the baton of Ulf Schirmer.
At the Styriarte Summer Festival 2013 in Graz, Austria, she successfully jumped in for Christiane Iven as Isolde in a Tristan und Isolde concert under the baton of Michael Hofstetter.
After covering singers like Deborah Voigt (Musikverein Wien, Tove), Janice Baird (Elektra, Oper Leipzig) and Lioba Braun (Isolde, Staatstheater Nürnberg) RUTH STAFFA has covered Catherine Foster as Elektra in the season 2015/2016 at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden (direction: Rebecca Horn, conductor: Vassilis Christopoulos).
RUTH STAFFA could prove her suitability for the Wagner and Strauss repertoire during the season 2017/2018 again also as a stand-in at short notice for Elektra in "Elektra" (R. Strauss) at the Theater Ulm as well as Ortlinde in "Die Walküre" (R.Wagner) at the Theater Chemnitz.
In the 2018/2019 season, RUTH STAFFA in the legendary Bayreuth "Tristan und Isolde" directed by Heiner Müller / Erich Wonder as Isolde in a very short-term jump-in at the Landestheater Linz, Austria, under the musical direction of GMD Markus Poschner, was a great success with the public.
In concert RUTH STAFFA has sung Tove in the Gurrelieder (A. Schoenberg) under the baton of Georges Prêtre, covering Deborah Voigt in the Musikverein Wien. She has performed the Vier letzte Lieder (R. Strauss) in Gdansk, Polonia. As a guest singer at the Theater Magdeburg, RUTH STAFFA's repertoire has included Poulenc´s Gloria and Bruckner´s Te Deum conducted by Joachim Tschiedel. She has given recitals of Schoenberg´s Brettl-Lieder and songs of Verdi at the Opernhaus Graz.
RUTH STAFFA has been in several radio broadcasting productions with the Austrian ORF and the German MDR.
Last update: 2020-04-16 11:50:21 +00:00