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, and he has engagements as associate professor at The Academy of Opera and at The Academy of Ballet at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts. 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.
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. Sparbo has had more than 150 Lieder recitals together with Norway's leading pianists, and his recordings of "Grieg & Schubert: Songs", and Schubert’s "Winterreise", and Norwegian songs ”Norge, mitt Norge!” have been highly praised. Sparbo is a merited oratorio singer with more than 50 major oratorios on his repertoire, and he has sung leading parts in numerous opera productions. He is an advocate of contemporary music and has sung numerous world premiere performances of Norwegian composers, including 11 contemporary opera productions. 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 and Japan.