Saturday, December 3, 2011

Swedish/Trinidadian Baritone Krister St.Hill Sings 'Joy of Christmas'

[Joy of Christmas; Krister St.Hill, baritone; Db Productions (1998)]

Sergio Mims brought the bass-baritone Krister St.Hill to our attention today in connection with his Decca recording Jonny Spielt Auf. We thought readers would be interested to learn more about this international opera singer. While obtaining a biography from his website,, we noted that his recordings include one for the upcoming holiday, Joy of Christmas (1998).

“The Swedish/Trinidadian baritone Krister St.Hill has impressed his audiences with the incredible range of his beautiful voice which has enabled him to undertake roles as far apart from each other as Sportin´ Life in Porgy and Bess and the Flying Dutchman with equal success. His musical intelligence and strong dramatic talent combined with a physical presence and agility on stage have resulted in a great number of unforgettable renderings.

“Krister St.Hill made his debut with Escamillo in Carmen in Stockholm which led to a number of important roles. He sang the role of Donny in Michael Tippett´s last opera 'New Year' at the Houston Grand Opera. In this role he also made his Glyndebourne debut and repeated it in a BBC production and at a Royal Festival Hall concert version.

“Decca recorded Ernest Krenek´s Opera Jonny Spielt auf with Krister St.Hill in the title role. He sang Wagner´s The Flying Dutchman in the inaugural season of the new opera house in his hometown Göteborg. This success led further onto roles such as Jochanaan in Strauss Salome, Amonasro in Verdi´s Aida and Scarpia in Verdi's Tosca both at the Göteborg Opera and at the Royal Stockholm Opera.”

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