Álfheiður Erla - Heimssviðið
Wednesday 6th April - 19:30
The Icelandic soprano Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir was awarded the female singer of the year in the classical and contemporary category at the Icelandic Music Awards 2021 and was selected to represent Iceland as one one of the 16 contestants at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2021. She will be joining the solo ensemble of Theater Basel for the 2021-2022 season, portraying roles in Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion, Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach and will premiere Die Mühle von Saint Pain, a theatrical opera directed by Antú Romero Nunes, among others. Álfheiður will also sing the role of Desirée in the world premiere of Bernhard Lang’s opera Der Hetzer at the Dortmund opera in the fall 2021. She will be presenting a unique and personal recital, titled Apparition, where she will be combining her singing with her own visual art, such as photography and video projections and other dramaturgical elements with pianist Kunal Lahiry at Harpa concerthouse in Reykjavík in spring 2022.
Praised for her “blue-silver flowing, weightless soprano voice” by Die Zeit, Álfheiður received tremendous accolades for her interpretation of L’ange in Olivier Messiaen’s St. Francois d’Assise at Basel Theatre in 2020. She made her Berlin State Opera debut in the title role of Wolfgang Mitterer’s Snow White in 2019, followed with her Papagena debut in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Álfheiður’s recent solo debut with the Iceland symphony orchestra was also described as ”certainly magnificent, extremely refined and melodic; the interpretation is profound and captivating” by Fréttablaðið. A passionate song interpreter, the young soprano was a participant in the inaugural SongStudio at Carnegie Hall, a new program under the leadership of world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming in 2019.
Álfheiður has worked with various conductors, for example Alondra de la Parra, Fabio Biondi, Daníel Bjarnason and Clemens Heil to name a few. She also enjoys working with living composers, for example Nico Muhly, Hania Rani, Viktor Orri Árnason and Alex Chorny. Other recent highlights include the role of Echo in Scarlatti’s La Vergine Addolorata with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin during Staatsoper Berlin’s Baroque week, arias from Joseph Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Brandenburgisches symphony orchestra, the premiere of the short opera Tolleranzia by Alex Chorny at the Deutsche Oper Tischlerei, the role of Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in Freiraum Berlin, Hannchen in Edvard Künneke’s Vetter aus Dingsda at Theater Altenburg Gera, Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at Uferstudios Berlin.
Álfheiður is a Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now and Britten-Pears Young Artist as well as being a prize winner in the International Haydn competition 2019 and the International Perotti competition in 2015. She has participated in masterclasses with Anne Sofie von Otter, Véronique Gens, Emma Kirkby, Susan Manoff, Piotr Beczala, Matthew Rose, Hartmut Höll and Mark Padmore among others. She was also a participant in the prestigious Academy Orsay-Royaumont with pianist Elenora Pertz in November 2019.
Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degree with distinction from Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Prof. Michail Lanskoi and Prof. Anna Korondi. In Iceland she studied at the Sigurdur Demetz Academy of Singing with Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir and Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir. She is extremely grateful for the support of Deutschlandstipendium, Freunde Junger Musiker Berlin, Ingjaldssjóður and Tónlistarsjóður Rótarý.
Supported by Classical Futures Europe and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
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Wednesday 6. April - 19:30