Voice

Born in Iceland.

Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna: Solo singing with Helene Karusso and Gerhard Kahry, Art Song and Oratorio with Kurt Equiluz, (diplomas with distinction), dramatic musical presentation  (musical theatre) in the opera class of Hans Zimmerl, as well as study of vocal pedagogy. 1990 Honorary Award from the Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung. 2002-2004 Postgraduate Studies at the mdw (Master of Arts). GPZ 2007: Voice Teaching Certificate of the Bundesverbandes Deutscher Gesangspädagogen. Since 1999, cooperation with Gisela Rohmert at the Lichtenberger Institut für angewandte Stimmphysiologie, 2013 teaching certificate for the Lichtenberger Method®. 2014 Habilitation (Venia docendi) for the subject of Voice University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Engagements at the Wiener Staatsoper, the Salzburger Oster- and Sommerfestspielen and also at the Frankfurt Opera, guest appearances at various opera houses in Belgium (Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie), Germany (Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Mannheim), France (Théâtre du Châtelet), Iceland (Icelandic Opera, National Theatre), Switzerland (Basel), USA (Carnegie Hall) and Austria (div. stages in Vienna, Graz Opera, Stadttheater Klagenfurt) in roles like Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Despina in Così fan tutte, Périchole (J. Offenbach), Niklas / Muse in The Tales of Hoffmann (J. Offenbach), Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia (B. Britten), Fyodor in Boris Godunov, sweet girl and housemaid in Der Reigen (P. Bösmann), Suzuki in Madama Butterfly (G. Puccini) with conductors such as Friedrich Cerha, Christoph von Dohnányi, Adam Fischer, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Hans Hollreiser, Herbert von Karajan, Bernhard Kontarsky , Lorin Maazel, Václav Neumann, Sir Georg Solti, Horst Stein and directors such as Luc Bondy, Peter Esch Berg, Götz Friedrich, Andreas Homoki, Alfred Kirchner, Christof Nel and Otto Schenk.

Thematic recitals with works by various composers and from different eras, as well as appearances as a soloist in oratorios of JS Bach, W. A. Mozart, L. v Beethoven, G. Rossini, G. Verdi, M. Duruflé and C. Saint-Saëns in Europe and Asia. Numerous premieres, including works that have been written for her as Ljáðu mér vængi (6 songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra) by Páll Pampichler Pálsson, and world premieres of rarely performed works such as ‘Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke - 23 Songs for Alto Voice and chamber orchestra’ by Frank Martin.

CD recordings, among others include: Die Frau ohne Schatten (ML: Sir Georg Solti, Decca), Salome (ML: Christoph von Dohnanyi, Decca), La Traviata (Naxos). Nomination of the solo CDs Schubert Sönglög and Sönglög eftir Schubert, Schumann, Wolf og Grieg for the Music Prize Best Icelandic Classical CD; 2000 awarded the Knight's Cross of the Icelandic Falcon North for special musical achievements.

Teaching at the Institute for singing and musical theatre (Penzing) as well as at the Institute Antonio Salieri. Lecturer in solo singing, song / oratorio and vocal pedagogy at the Vienna Conservatory; Master classes in Reykjavik / Iceland, at Tunghai University in Taichung / Taiwan and the Shenyang Conservatory / China, lecturer of the Austrian Masterclasses (AMC) in Zell an der Pram.

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