Icelandic Music Awards 2018 have recognized Olafur Sigurdarson’s outstanding performances as Scarpia Tosca by announcing him the winner of the Classical Singer of the Year category. The announcement follows Sigurdarson’s fantastic performances in the role at Icelandic Opera in autumn 2017 for which he received outstanding reviews.
‘Ólafur Kjartan Sigurðarson, familiar to London audiences for his roles with Opera Holland Park, made a strong Scarpia. A born manipulator, this Scarpia clearly enjoyed using the power of his position for his own ends. Sigurðarson's voice easily rode the orchestra at the end of Act One, as it should, and in Act Two he and Claire Rutter really did make the air crackle, and it was clear that this Scarpia was relishing manipulating her.’
Planet Hugill, Robert Hugill, 8 November 2017
‘Olafur Kjartan Sigurdarson portrayed Scarpia as an urbane executive with a taste for torture, singing with a crisp and steely baritone.’
Opera, Amanda Holloway, February 2018
‘Sigurdarson, an Icelandic Opera stalwart, has a splendid voice and is a fine actor and ensured that the whole performance didn’t end up as a two-horse race.’
Opera Now, Neil Jones, January 2018