Rootering, Jan-Hendrik , German bass; b. Wedingfeld, March 18, 1950. He first studied with his father, a voice teacher, and then at the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik. In 1980 he made his operatic debut as Colline at the Hamburg State Opera, and then sang there regularly. He also appeared at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich from 1982, and was made a Bavarian Kammersänger in 1989. In 1983 he portrayed King Marke in Frankfurt am Main. On Jan. 15, 1987, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as the Landgrave, and subsequently sang such roles there as Claggart, Sparafucile, and Pogner (1993). In 1987 he was engaged as Orestes in Geneva, Sarastro at London’s Covent Garden, and Marcel in Les Huguenots at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. He sang Gurnemanz at the Opéra de la Bastille in Paris in 1997. In 1999 he portrayed Hans Sachs at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He also sang as a soloist with orchs. and as a recitalist. Among his other roles were Fasolt, Falstaff, and Baron Ochs.
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