Icelandic baritone Olafur Sigurdarson makes his US debut at Opera Omaha in the title role of Verdi's Falstaff.
Past reviews from his appearance in the role at Opera Holland Park were outstanding.
'... an excellent knight in the Icelandic baritone Olafur Sigurdarson. ... He’s a terrific comedian – and a very physical one, executing cartwheels and pratfalls fearlessly. The fact that he is also quite personable, not at all a self-deluding fatso, hints that he’s in there with a chance, and, with all the surreal larking about, “Vecchio John” seems to be the only one marching in time. His appearance in full military fig, all set for a bit of wooing, was glorious, and his singing was warm and generous.'
Peter Reed, The Telegraph
'In an amazing central performance, Olafur Sigurdarson plays [Falstaff] not as a vastly corpulent lecher but an ageing, portly but still immensely attractive former soldier, surviving on his wits in peacetime as he did in war.'
Tim Ashley, The Guardian
Sigurdarson continues to make his mark in the US this season with performances at Minnesota Opera in the title role of Rigoletto and then to Opera Colorado to again take on the title role of Falstaff.