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Olafur Sigurdarson

Baritone

  • The evil one is by far the best; in a pinstriped suit, full of vengeance, the Icelandic baritone delivers a beautifully sung Don Carlo. A feast for the ears.
    Stephan Schickhaus, Frankfurter Rundschau
  • Sigurdarson sang Rafaello robustly and with bravura
    Planet Hugill
  • Olafur Sigurdarson wins the singers' palm on opening night, he has the power and expression and a noble baritone colour to allow his Don Carlo to emerge vividly
    Eckhard Britsch, Opernnetz
  • As Rigoletto, baritone Olafur Sigurdarson is truly a star singer. Both his full, penetrating voice and his acting skills have probably moved every member of the audience this evening.
    Livekritik zu
  • Olafur Sigurdarson is a gloriously comic and personable lead in Opera Holland Park's new production of Falstaff.
    The Telegraph
  • 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
  • A vocal highlight was Olafur Sigurdarson who delivered a clear and powerful Don Carlo.
    Frederike Holewig, Entscheidende Unentschiedenheit
  • Currently a principal artist at Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Icelandic baritone Olafur Sigurdarson begins Season 2013-14 in the title role Rigoletto in a return appearance at Staatsoper Hannover. He makes his debut at Theatre Basel as Telramund Lohengrin, while at the same time singing revival performances of Scarpia Tosca in Saarbrucken.  There he also steps onto the concert platform for performances of Rossini’s Stabat Mater and later appears in the title role Macbeth. The artist returns to home territory when he performs with Icelandic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy in Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, and he returns to Saarbrücken to make his role debut as Barak Frau ohne Schatten. The artist rounds out the season with another role debut, this time 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.

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