Olafur Sigurdarson, baritone
Icelandic baritone Olafur Sigurdarson trained at the Reykjavik College of Singing, the Royal Academy of Music and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Last season Olafur made his role debut as Wozzeck at the Finnish National Opera to critical acclaim. He alsomade his US debut in the title role of Falstaff at Opera Omaha followed immediately by his appearance as Rigoletto at Minnesota Opera and further performances in the title role of Falstaff at Opera Colorado. He also sang Rigoletto – one of his signature roles – also at Finnish National Opera and returned to Prague National Theatre following great success in the role of Telramund Lohengrin in CatharinaWagner’s new production. In his native country he presented the role of Scarpia Tosca at Icelandic Opera and at the Danish National Opera he appeared in the role of The Colonel in the world premiere of The Brothers directed by Kaspar Holten.
Otherroles include Balstrode Peter Grimes, which he sang previously with great success at the Reykjavik Arts Festival with Stuart Skelton, and the title roles of Falstaff, Rigoletto, Macbeth and Simon Boccanegra, Scarpia Tosca, Renato Un Ballo in Maschera, Jochanaan Salome (for which he received the Sponsors Prize), Don Carlo La Forza del Destino, Four Villains The Tales of Hoffmann, Méphistophélès La Damnation de Faust, Tonio I Pagliacci and General Groves Doctor Atomic.
His performances in German repertoire there won him many accolades for roles such as Klingsor Parsifal, Pizarro Fidelio, Barak Frau ohne Schatten, and recently the title role Der fliegende Holländer which brought him much critical success and a coveted membership to the Wagner Societyof Saarland, Germany.