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.

Go to > page 2