A nice review from the Opera magazine

About our La traviata at the Icelandic Opera, Amanda Holloway wrote this:

"The lovers in particular were classy performers. Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir has a brilliant, glittering soprano that could be heard across the big sound of the Icelandic Opera Orchestra. A soignée and self-confident Violetta, pathos was not in her armoury, and nor did she fall immediately for the preening Alfredo, sung with an Italianate sob and a large helping of ego by the impressive tenor Elmar Gilbertsson."

"The orchestra is made up of members of the excellent Iceland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason.

"Maintaining an opera company in a country of only 340,000 people is an economic challenge, and it’s a credit to the artistic director and CEO Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir that standards are so high in this, its 40th year."

Gríman – Singer of the Year!

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Tonight I was granted The Icelandic Theater Prize as Singer of the Year for my role in La traviata with the Icelandic Opera. I am incredibly grateful to everyone at the company, the fantastic artistic team, especially director Oriol Thomas and conductor Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason, and of course my colleagues on and behind the stage.

Here’s a list of all the winners 2019.

Mysterium

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The world premiere of The Oratorio Mysterium by Hafliði Hallgrímsson at the Festival of Sacred Arts was Saturday the 1st of June. An audio recording was made and played on the Icelandic Radio today. Here you can listen and enjoy.

Performers: The Hallgrimskirkja Motet Choir, Schola cantorum, Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir soprano, Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir alto, Elmar Gilbertsson tenor, Oddur A. Jónsson bass and Hallgrimskirkja Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Hörður Áskelsson.

Isabelle Demers consert organist plays from O. Messiaen’s L ́Ascension at the beginning of the concert.

Festival of Sacred Arts

I’m very excited to perform Hafliði Hallgrímsson’s new Oratorio at Hallgrímskirkja at the Festival of Sacred Arts in Reykjavík on the 1st and 2nd of June:

PREMIÉRE- MYSTERIUM, new oratorio by Hafliði Hallgrímsson. Performers: The Hallgrimskirkja Motet Choir, Schola cantorum, Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir soprano, Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir alto, Elmar Gilbertsson tenor, Oddur A. Jónsson bass and Hallgrimskirkja Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Hörður Áskelsson.

Here’s more Information. I will also be singing at the closing concert on the 10th of June – Eternal Fire, Fountain of Love:

Three cantatas for Pentecost by J.S.Bach: Erschallet, ihr Lieder (BWV 172), O ewiges Feuer, O, Ursprung der Liebe (BWV 34), and Bleib bei uns (BWV 6). Première of Veni, Sancte Spiritus, a cantata for Pentecost by Sigurður Sævarsson. Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir soprano, Hildigunnur Einarsdóttir alto, David Erler countertenor, Benedikt Kristjánsson tenor and Oddur A. Jónsson bass. Schola Cantorum, the Hallgrímskirkja Motet Choir and the Hallgrímskirkja International Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Hörður Áskelsson.

Beethoven 9. symfoni with the Føroya Symfoniorkestur og kór

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On the 16th of February I sing my first Beethoven 9th, and it happens to be in Tórshavn, Föroyar. Look very much forward to visit these islands for the first time! More information here

Dirigentur: Bernharður Wilkinson

solistar:
Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir  sopran
Sigríður Ósk Kristjánsdóttir  alt
Sergei Semishkur  tenor
Ilyja Bannik  bass

Kórvenjing Tóra Vestergaard

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