The German baritone, Detlef Roth, studied voice with Professor Georg Jelden at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart. Awarded with several scholarships while studying he also won numerous competitions including the Belvedere Competition in Vienna 1992 and the "Concours pour Voix Wagneriennes" (International Competition for Wagnerian Voices) in Strasbourg, France 1994.
During his studies Detlef Roth made his first steps on stage at the Staatstheater Stuttgart (1993), debuted at the Festivals of Ludwigsburg (1993 - Fernando/Fidelio) and Schwetzingen (1993 - recital) and was invited by Sir John Eliot Gardiner to perform the role of Sprecher/Zauberflöte on tour through Europe with a following recording for DGG.
After completing his studies engagements followed as Papageno in Zauberflöte and Herr Fluth/Lustige Weiber von Windsor in Paris, as Escamillo/Carmen in Lyons, as Papageno, Marcello/La Boheme, Eugene Onegin and Dulcamara/Elisir d'Amore in Frankfurt, as Wolfram/Tannhäuser and Zar in Zar & Zimmermann in Hamburg, as Donner/Rheingold, Gunther/Götterdämmerung and Jeletzki/Pique Dame in Geneva, as Kothner/Die Meistersinger in London, as Wolfram in Rome and Bern, as Hans Heiling in Strasbourg and as Papageno in Paris. In summer 2004 he sang his first Conte in Nozze di Figaro at the Ludwigsburg Festival and the Minister in L.v. Beethoven's Leonore in Bologna.
At the 1999-2000 Salzburg Festival Detlef Roth sang under the batons of Lorin Maazel and Valery Gergiev Masetto in Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart, at the Festival of Schwetzingen 2001 under Thomas Hengelbrock Creonte in Haydn's L'anima del Filosofo and in summer 2002 Dulcamara/Elisir d'Amore in Ludwigsburg.
In the field of concerts Detlef Roth has performed with great orchestras all over Europe. Specialties of his vast repertoire are in the works of Felix Mendelssohn (Elijah, Paulus, Walpurgisnacht), the works of Gustav Mahler, Orff's Carmina Burana, and the Requiem by Johannes Brahms as well as the Passions by J.S. Bach among others. In 2003 he recorded Schubert Lieder with Ulrich Eisenlohr for Naxos.
The great moments in the career of this young singer were Elijah under Wolfgang Gönnenwein in Ludwigsburg, under Philippe Herreweghe in Salzburg, under Wolfgang Sawallisch in Tel Aviv, Faust-Szenen in Bad Urach, under Jeffrey Tate in Rome, under Wolfgang Sawallisch in Munich as well as Wolfram under Myung-Whun Chung with the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Detlef Roth has worked together with many famous conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Bernard Haitink, Armin Jordan, Lorin Maazel, Neville Marriner, Kent Nagano, John Nelson, Trevor Pinnock, Kurt Sanderling, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Pinchas Steinberg, Jeffrey Tate, Christian Thielemann and David Zinman.
Future projects include: Heerrufer/Lohengrin in Madrid, Carmina Burana in Montreal, Henze's L'Upupa in Lyon and Genova, J. Brahms Requiem in Geneva and Lausanne, Die Glocke by Bruch in Berlin and Bad Urach, concerts with Sir Simon Rattle in Berlin, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen in Leipzig, Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) with Kent Nagano in Montreal, Mass in B minor (BWV 232) by J.S. Bach with Sir Roger Norrington in Berlin, Pentheus in Henze's Bassariden in Amsterdam, Walburgisnacht in Rome, concert with M. Janowski in Monte Carlo, Donner/Das Rheingold in Washington with Heinz Fricke and with Simon Rattle in Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence.