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."