|Tina Kiberg (soprano) trained at the
Royal Danish Academy of Music and the Opera Academy in Copenhagen.
She made her debut in 1983 as Leonora in Nielsen's Masquerade
and has since been with the Royal Theatre, Copenhagen, where she has
sung many lyrical and dramatic roles including Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s
Eugene Onegin, Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute,
Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème, the Feltmarschallin
in Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Desdemona in Verdi’s
Otello, the Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro,
Elisabeth in Verdi’s Don Carlos, and Ellen Orford in Britten’s
Peter Grimes - just to mention a few.
Kiberg had her international breakthrough in 1988 as Agathe in Weber’s Der Freischütz in Geneva. As a Wagnerian she has sung, among other roles, Elsa in Lohengrin at the Royal Theatre, Copenhagen and in Vienna - with Placido Domingo in the title role and with Claudio Abbado as conductor - as well as in Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Zürich and Houston. In 1992 she made her Bayreuth debut as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, a role she has also sung at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen. Further roles include Sieglinde in Die Walküre both in Bayreuth and at the Danish National Opera in Aarhus, and Eva in Die Meistersinger at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen and other houses.
In 1995 she made her debut at the Metropolitan in New York, and today she sings at the world’s great opera houses and concert halls with conductors such as James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
-- Biography from the DaCapo Records website
-- Names which are links in this box and below refer to my interviews elsewhere on my website. BD
Stig Andersen is one of the most sought-after heldentenors of his generation. He has sung all important tenor roles written by Richard Wagner in nearly all important theatres including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Chicago Lyric Opera, Paris Opéra-Bastille, De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Munich State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin or New National Theatre in Tokyo. In the year 2012 he added Loge in Das Rheingold in London to his repertoire, so that he sung all tenor roles – except Mime - in Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Besides this, he sings a large repertoire including Herodes in Salome, the title role of Peter Grimes, The King of Naples in Thomas Adès’ The Tempest or Canio in I Pagliacci.
He works with conductors such as Christian Arming, Daniel Barenboim, Myun-Whun Chung James Conlon, Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Hartmut Haenchen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink, Neeme Järvi, Philippe Jordan, Jiri Kout, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Schønwandt, Leif Segerstam or Franz Welser-Möst.
Among his CD and DVD recordings are Franz Schmidt’s Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln with Franz Welser-Möst, Brahms’ Rinaldo, Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder with Esa-Pekka Salonen and with Mariss Jansons, Sigmund in Die Walküre and Siegfried in Siegfried and Götterdämmerung as well as Tannhäuser.
As a stage director he has produced Götterdämmerung in Esbjerg, Tristan und Isolde in Copenhagen as well as Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in Odense. In summer 2013 he staged a shortened version of Der Ring des Nibelungen at Christians Kirke in Copenhagen, in which he sang Loge, Siegmund and Siegfried.
-- From the artist's website
This conversation was recorded in Chicago, on December 2, 1993. Portions were broadcast on WNIB two weeks later. This transcription was made in 2018, and posted on this website at that time. My thanks to British soprano Una Barry for her help in preparing this website presentation.
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Award - winning broadcaster Bruce Duffie was with WNIB, Classical 97 in Chicago from 1975 until its final moment as a classical station in February of 2001. His interviews have also appeared in various magazines and journals since 1980, and he now continues his broadcast series on WNUR-FM.You are invited to visit his website for more information about his work, including selected transcripts of other interviews, plus a full list of his guests. He would also like to call your attention to the photos and information about his grandfather, who was a pioneer in the automotive field more than a century ago. You may also send him E-Mail with comments, questions and suggestions.