ARTIST OVERVIEW - ARTIST PROFILE

Artist Profile

Ólafur Sigurdarson - Profile picture
© Isolde Stein-Leibold

Baritone

Ólafur Sigurdarson

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

Represented by

Marcin Kopec
marcin@tact4art.com
+44 79 81 91 88 14

Anna Kovtun
anna@tact4art.com

Representation

Worldwide Exclusive


Now on - Ólafur Sigurdarson - Back to Overview   BACK TO ARTISTS OVERVIEW
Upcoming Past
Aug 2022
15.
16:00

16:00

Pietari Inkinen, Conductor
Valentin Schwarz, Stage Director

Aug 2022
18.
16:00

16:00

Axel Kober, Conductor
Tobias Kratzer, Stage Director

Aug 2022
21.
16:00

16:00

Axel Kober, Conductor
Tobias Kratzer, Stage Director

SHOW MORE
Show more of Ólafurs calendar items
Aug 2022
12.
16:00

16:00

Cornelius Meister, Conductor
Roland Schwab, Stage Director

Aug 2022
13.
16:00

16:00

Pietari Inkinen, Conductor
Valentin Schwarz, Stage Director

Aug 2022
8.
16:00

16:00

Axel Kober, Conductor
Tobias Kratzer, Stage Director

SHOW MORE
Show more of Ólafurs calendar items

Biography Highlights

 
 

Current & Upcoming

House debut as Captain Baltrode Peter Grimes Teatro alla Scala, return to Bayreuth Festival in The Ring Cycle as Alberich, Telramund Lohengrin at Grand Theatre Liceu in Barcelona, Alberich in The Ring Cycle CNPA Beijing, return to Leipzig Opera as Scarpia Tosca and Rigoletto, to State Opera Prague in title parts of Rigoletto, Hollander and Macbeth, Telramund Lohengrin in Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Klingsor Parsifal with Bergen National Orchestra.

 
 

Other Engagements

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 in Macbeth with National Theatre in Prague, Captain Balstrode Peter Grimes Finnish National Opera, Miller Luisa Miller at the English National Opera, 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 Les Contes d’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.  

 
 

Portraits

Ólafur Sigurdarson - Picture nr #7
© Isolde Stein-Leibold

Alberich

Wagner -Rheingold

Alberich

Wagner -Rheingold

Erhebe dich...

Wagner - Lohengrin

Erhebe dich...

Wagner - Lohengrin

 

Reviews & Press

 
 

Wagner, R. - Das Rheingold - Alberich

Thus the most convincing performance was reserved for Olafur Sigurdarson, who is able to let the pain behind all his Alberich's desire for revenge shimmer through grippingly.
 

- Von Stefan Dosch , Augsburger Allgemeine

Read this article

...a superlative cast: Olafur Sigurdarson's stentorian, anguished Alberich.
 

- Nicholas Kenyon , The Telegraph

Read this article

Olafur Sigurdarson garnered the greatest cheers from the audience as Alberich, probably rightly so. His was certainly an outstanding performance, seemingly instinctively alert to the dramatic reality and implications of Wagner's particularly dialectical blend of verse, music, and gesture.
 

- Mark Berry , Boulezian

Read this article

SHOW MORE
View more of Ólafurs press articles

test

 

test

 

Alberich

Alberich, clearly Wotan’s vagrant-brother, is the astonishing Icelandic baritone Olafur Sigurdarson, here on top form in his exchanges with a tinnie-toting Wotan…
 

Opera Now

Göteborgs Operan - Wagner - Siegfried = Alberich

Alberich, clearly Wotan’s vagrant-brother, is the astonishing Icelandic baritone Olafur Sigurdarson, here on top form in his exchanges with a tinnie-toting Wotan…
 

Opera Now

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

Read this article

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

Read this article

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

Read this article

Göteborgs Operan - Wagner - Siegfried - Alberich

Alberich, clearly Wotan’s vagrant-brother, is the astonishing Icelandic baritone Olafur Sigurdarson, here on top form in his exchanges with a tinnie-toting Wotan…
 

Opera Now