De Noorse bariton Knut Skram (foto YouTube) bouwde zijn carrière op Mozart, Wagner en Verdi (b.v. Renato in “Un ballo in maschera” in de Muntschouwburg, 1992). Hij was 25 jaar lid van de Noorse opera, toen hij daar werd opgemerkt door Pappano, die ook nog muziekdirecteur is geweest in Oslo. De regisseur Stephen Pimlott (Ballo) heeft trouwens ook reeds in Oslo gewerkt.

Born in the village of Sæbø in western Norway, Skram was one of the six children of Kari Totland and Asbjørn Skram, a pastor. When he was 19, he went to the United States to work on his uncle’s ranch in Montana. He then trained as an architect at Montana State University and concurrently studied singing there with the lyric baritone George Buckbee. In the summer before his final year at university he sang with Chautauqua Opera Company and a few months later won the Spokane district Metropolitan Opera Auditions for the second time.
After a brief stint working as an architect in New York City, he returned to Norway to pursue his singing career. In 1964, following further singing study with Paul Lohmann in Wiesbaden and Luigi Ricci in Rome, he made his official stage debut as Amonasro in “Aida” at the Norwegian National Opera. He went on to sing a wide range of baritone roles both internationally and in his native country where he was member of the Norwegian National Opera for 36 years.
He was Chairman of the Norwegian Opera Singer Association from 1979 to 1983 and served on the Board of Directors of the Norwegian National Opera from 2001 to 2008. He was a member of the jury which selected the design for the new Oslo Opera House and participated in the opening concerts in April 2008. Skram has been married to the dancer Hanne (Thorstensen) Skram since 1966. [Wikipedia]

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