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Rigoletto a Hit in Icelandic Opera

The Icelandic Opera this fall presented a new production of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi. The premiere was on October 9. In leading roles are internationally acclaimed singers Ólafur Sigurdarson as Rigoletto, Jóhann Valdimarsson the Duke of Mantua and Thóra Einarsdóttir as Gilda, as well as Jóhann Smári Sævarsson as Sparafucile, Sesselja Kristjánsdóttir as Maddalena and Bergþór Pálsson as Monterone. The premiere was extremely well received and soon after that all performances were sold out. Two extra shows were added, but a few days later they were also sold out and two more have been added. If you are in town check out the opera. Even though the shows are sold out, you might possibly be lucky if there are some late returns. Or you can order tickets at the extra shows on November 19 and 21.

Ólafur Kjartan Sigurdarson as Rigoletto. Photo: Gísli Egill Hrafnsson

This influential and highly dramatic masterpiece is one of the best-known operas in musical history and is regularly performed in most opera houses around the world. The opera brings together suspension, love, power and fate, and includes well known arias “La Donna e mobile”, “Caro nome”, “Questo o Quella” as well as the beautiful quartet “Bella figlia dell’ amore”. The opera is directed by Stefán Baldursson, artistic director of The Icelandic Opera and renowned theatre director, and conducted by one of Iceland’s most successful musicians of the younger generation, conductor and composer Daníel Bjarnason.

Thóra Einarsdóttir as Gilda. Photo: Gísli Egill Hrafnsson

Critics have praised the performance, especially Ólafur Kjartan Sigurdarson in the title role and Thóra Einarsdóttir as Gilda. Both are said to be world class singers.

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