Olafur Sigurdarson is represented by Rayfield Allied worldwide.
Associate Artist Manager:
Sigurdarson was born to sing Falstaff, both his voice and his body language are ideal for the part. And while he is able to fill the venue with sound, he can also bring the timbre of his singing down, almost to speaking ...Gavin Dixon, Seen and Heard International
Currently a principal artist at Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Icelandic baritone Olafur Sigurdarson begins Season 2014-15 as Iago in Theatre Basel’s new production of Otello. He returns to Saarbrucken to make his debut in the title role Der Fliegende Höllander, alongside his standard repertoire, performances of which he continues to sing throughout the season—Scarpia Tosca and Don Carlo La Forza del Destino. Other engagements include his debut as Balstrode Peter Grimes at the Reykjavik Arts Festival, and an important debut as Wanderer Siegfried in concert with Dortmund Philharmonic.
Last season’s highlights include his appearance in the title role Rigoletto in a return appearance at Staatsoper Hannover, his debut at Theatre Basel as Telramund Lohengrin, and in the title role Macbeth in Saarbrucken, and Barak Frau ohne Schatten. The artist appeared on home ground when he performed with Icelandic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy in Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, and made another role debut as Sancho Panza Don Quichotte in a new production at Danish National Opera.
Recent successes include the role of Alberich Das Rheingold, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung and Don Carlo di Vargas La Forza del Destino at Staatstheatre Darmstadt; Telramund Lohengrin at Staatstheater Wiesbaden; the title role Rigoletto and Michele Il Tabarro at Volksoper Wien; Méphistophélès La Damnation de Faust, Klingsor Parsifal, Iago Otello, Jochanaan Salome, Escamillo Carmen, Pizarro Fidelio and Tonio I Pagliacci in Saarbrücken.
Well-known for his work in the United Kingdom particularly in the Verdi baritone roles, Olafur sang the title roles of Falstaff, Rigoletto and Macbeth as well as Jack Rance La Fanciulla del West, Gerard Andrea Chenier and Barnaba La Gioconda at Opera Holland Park; he appeared at Grange Park Opera in the title role Le Nozze di Figaro, and as Ford Falstaff and Macbeth at Opera North.
Mr Sigurdarson studied at Reykjavik College of Singing and completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
A frequent guest on the concert platform, Olafur’s appearances include Escamillo at Hampton Court Festival with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Macbeth at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the title role in Elgar’s King Olaf with the Danesborough Choral Society, Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Carmina Burana in Warwick under Paul McGrath, Sea Symphony of Vaughn Williams with the Milton Keynes Chorale, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra under Rumon Gamba, Haydn’s Creation for the Covent Garden Festival, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the ISO conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. He appeared at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, on BBC Radio Scotland, and on numerous occasions on Icelandic Radio and Television.
Olafur was awarded the Audience Prize for his portrayal of Falstaff and of Rigoletto at Opera Holland Park, and the Sponsor’s Prize for his Jochanaan in Saarbrücken. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Icelandic Music Award for “Singer of the Year” for his portrayal of Rigoletto at the Icelandic Opera.