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Baritone

Ólafur Sigurdarson

"Olafur Sigurdarson possesses a very strong and expressive voice, boasting a wide vocal range, with a colorful palette..."
- Operawire

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Biography Highlights

 
 

Current & Upcoming

Debuts with Bayreuth Festival in the new Ring Cycle, Telramund Lohengrin at Grand Theatre Liceu in Barcelona, Alberich Siegfried Gothenburg Opera, Alberich Rheingold CNPA Beijing, the title role of Macbeth with National Theatre in Prague, Captain Balstrode Peter Grimes Finnish National Opera, Miller Luisa Miller at the English National Opera. 

 
 

Other Engagements

Debut at Wexford Festival as Sancho Don Quichotte, return to Prague National Theatre with the role of Telramund Lohengrin, the title role in Wozzeck and the title role Der fliegende Holländer at the Finnish National Opera, Alberich Das Rheingold in Gothenburg Opera. He was also seen as Falstaff at Opera Omaha and Opera Colorado and in the main part in Rigoletto at Minnesota Opera.   Formerly a principal artist at Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, where his roles included Balstrode Peter Grimes, 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 include roles such as Klingsor Parsifal, Pizarro Fidelio, Barak Frau ohne Schatten.

 
 

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Alberich

Wagner -Rheingold

Alberich

Wagner -Rheingold

Erhebe dich...

Wagner - Lohengrin

Erhebe dich...

Wagner - Lohengrin

 

Reviews & Press

 
 

Wexford Festival Opera - Massenet - Don Quichotte - Sancho

Olafur Sigurdarson ist darstellerisch und stimmlich eine Idealbesetzung für den Knappen Sancho Panza. Mit großem Spielwitz kommentiert er einerseits die Zweifel an den hehren Träumen seines Herrn, weist aber andererseits das Volk, das sich über Don Quichottes seltsames Wesen lustig macht, beherzt und entschieden in seine Schranken. Mit beweglichem Bariton glänzt Sigurdarson und beherrscht dabei genauso einen leichten Parlando-Ton wie große dramatische Ausbrüche. Ein Höhepunkt des Abends stellt seine Arie im zweiten Akt dar, wenn er sein allgemeines Misstrauen gegenüber Frauen zum Ausdruck bringt. Janelidze verfügt mit seinem Bass über eine markante Tiefe, die sich auch mühelos in baritonale Höhen schwingt. Ihm gelingt es, diesen "Ritter der traurigen Gestalt" in keinem Moment der Lächerlichkeit preiszugeben, auch wenn er den Spott der anderen auf sich zieht.
 

- Thomas Molke , Online Musik Magazin

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Ólafur Sigurdarson was a well-rounded Sancho Panza, his robust baritone excellent at the comedy routines but his finest moment came when he vehemently upbraids the crowd for mocking Don Quichotte after Dulcinée’s rejection.
 

- Mark Pullinger, , Bachtrack

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Icelandic baritone, Olafur Sigurdarson, did a brilliant job mining the humour in the score.  However, there was a startling and thrilling change in Act IV when he upbraided the crowd for laughing at Don Quichotte.  This was powerful, unbridled singing which had an enormous emotional impact.  In the final act he showed real affection and tenderness for his dying master.  
 

- Robert Beattie , Seen and Heard International

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