Rúni Brattaberg comes from the Faroe Islands and initially trained as a documentary photographer in Copenhagen before beginning his vocal training at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in 1997 and continuing it at the Zurich Opera Studio. After first engagements in Mainz, Ulm and Bern, he was first bass at the Nationaltheater Mannheim from 2009-2011, where he sang roles such as Gurnemanz, Hagen, Hunding, Fafner, Veit Pogner, Basilio, Timur, Sarastro, Baron Ochs and Osmin. He has made guest appearances at the Opéra national de Paris, Hamburg State Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels, Aalto Theater Essen, Dresden Semperoper, as well as in Lausanne and Ústi nad Labem (Czech Republic). In America, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Cincinnati Opera and the Chicago Lyric Opera. He has worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Andrew Davis, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Thomas Hengelbrock, Stefan Soltesz and Ulf Schirmer. From 2014-18 he was an ensemble member of the Leipzig Opera, where he sang roles such as Grand Inquisitor ('Don Carlos'), Landgrave Hermann ('Tannhäuser'), Fasolt ('Das Rheingold'), Hunding ('Die Walküre'), Fafner ('Siegfried'), Gurnemanz ('Parsifal') and Eremit ('Der Freischütz'). In 2022/23 he sang Fafner and Hagen, among other roles, in the concert version of the Dresden 'Ring' with the Dresden Philharmonic under Marek Janowski. Other roles include Sparafucile ('Rigoletto') or Lo zio Bonzo ('Madama Butterfly'). At Theater Basel he can be heard as Fafner in 'Das Rheingold'.