Njål Sparbo

Norway °1964
research interests: psychophysical stage presence, opera, tonality, songs
affiliation: The Grieg Academy, University of Bergen
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Njål Sparbo is one of Norway’s most active and versatile singers, with an exceptionally broad repertoire of song, oratorio and opera.

 

In 1997-99 and 2005-08 he received The Norwegian Government Grant for Artists in to work with the art song tradition. In 2009-2014 he worked as a research fellow at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts in The Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme with the project «Singing on the stage - with a psychophysical approach.» He has continued as a researcher of psychophysical stage presence, combining contemporary aesthetics with the tradition of Norwegian Psychomotor Therapy.

In 2014-15 he was a member og the research group «The Reflective Musician - Interpretation as Co-Creative Process» at The National Academy of Music in Oslo in The Norwegian Artistic Research Project Programme. He is currently a member of a research group in Bergen: (Un-) settling Sites and Styles. 

 

Sparbo has been awarded the Kirsten Flagstad Prize, the Ingrid Bjoner Prize, and in 2009 he received the Grieg Prize for his contribution to renew the musical interpretation tradition of Grieg’s songs by bringing forth the dramatical essence after performances all of Edvard Grieg’s 172 songs in a series of 7 concerts in Bergen in conjunction with Grieg's 100th year commemoration. He performs regularly at festivals and on television and radio, and he has participated in 32 CD recordings. His solo engagements include all the major Norwegian choirs and orchestras and The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. He is to be heard performing at venues all over Europe, including Russia, USA, South Korea and Japan.

Further information at sparbo.com



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