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actor , educator , Vocalist , writer , Advertising executive

Rolf Kristian Stang, American vocalist, educator, actor, advertising executive, writer. Decorated knight (Norway), St. Olav medal King Harald V of Norway, 1997; named to Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame, 1998; recipient Leif Eriksson citation, 2000.


Stang, Rolf Kristian was born on September 19, 1939 in Rockford, Illinois, United States. Son of Trygve Ingvald and Kirsten (Anfinsen-Kristiansen) Stang.


Bachelor, Augustana College, 1961. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1963. Performance/repertoire certified, opera division, Musikhochschule, Hamburg, Germany, 1964.


Vocal soloist Christoph-Weber-Barock Ensemble, Hamburg, 1965-1967. German and music faculty College of White Plains, New York, 1968-1973. Secretary International Percy Grainger Society, White Plains, 1974-1979, president, since 1979.

Music critic Norwegian American Weekly, New York City, since 1970. Advertising executive The Frank Vos Co AS/VP, 1973-1983. Lecturer, recital Songs of Frederick Delius, Cambridge University, since 1984.

Multimedia lecturer on career of Wagnerian singer Kirsten Flagstad, since 1995. Lecturer on English composer Frederick Delius, since 1966.


  • Other Work

    • Translator Songs of Grieg, Collected Works of Grieg, 1993. Composer (for solo voice, chorus and orchestra) Backward Tracings--A Tallahassee Triptych, 1974. (for soprano, chorus) Train Window Thoughts.

      (for chorus/6 instruments) Hymns in Praise of Night/Nietzschean Nocturnes. Coach Lied/Romanse Art Song and opera representative (American, English, German, Norwegian, Swedish) since 1968. Concert vocalist numerous states and countries, since 1963.

      Author, actor touring with one-man play on Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, United States, Norway, England, since 1993. Millennium characterization of Viking-age voyager Icelander Leif Eriksson, since 2000. Touring as Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, since 1994, as Askeladden telling Norwegian fairytales and singing traditional songs, since 1995.

      Author one-man show, portrayer Henrik Ibsen--The Quiet Eye of the Hurricane, since 2006.


Volunteer Norwegian Seamen's Church, New York City, since 1968, Catholic Center for Deaf, New York City, 1975-1979, Children to the Beach program, New York City, 1978-1983, Reaching Out to the Homeless, New York City, since 1988. Member Screen Actors Guild, American Choral Directors Association (life), Nordmanns Forbundet/Norsemen's Federation (honorary, life), Delius Association of Florida (life), Delius Society of Great Britain, Sons of Norway International, Delius Society of Philadelphia (life), American-Scandinavian Society of New York, Society for Advancement of Scandinavian Studies (life), Edvard Grieg Society Great Britain (honorary, life).


  • Other Interests

    Furniture making, gardening, promoting Nordic culture and music.


Trygve Ingvald Stang

Kirsten (Anfinsen-Kristiansen) Stang