BiographyAfter the young Icelander Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir completed her Bachelor's degree with distinction, she finished her studies at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin in 2021 with a Master of Music.
She is a prizewinner of the International Haydn Competition and the International Perotti Singing Competition. In addition, the successful young singer has received many scholarships, was a Britten-Pears Young Artist and has attended master classes with Anne Sofie von Otter, Véronique Gens, Susan Manoff, Piotr Beczala, Matthew Rose, Hartmut Höll and Emma Kirkby, among others.
Early on, she sought to break new ground and build bridges between music and the visual arts. In 2019, together with pianist Eleonora Pertz, she was selected by the prestigious Academy Orsay-Royaumont, which is instrumental in fostering a new generation of Lied duos - the same year she participated in the SongStudio at Carnegie Hall in a master class led by Renée Fleming for young musicians, exploring innovative approaches to classical and contemporary Lied repertoire, which was followed by an invitation to perform in the 2020 Carnegie Hall Citywide concert series with pianist Kunal Lahiry*. In 2021, she was honored as Singer of the Year in the contemporary and classical music category at the Icelandic Music Awards and represented her home country in the world-renowned BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021 competition *.
During her studies Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir already successfully worked with conductors inside such as Alondra de la Parra, Daníel Bjarnason and Fabio Biondi and has already made her debut at the Staatsoper Berlin in the title role of Snow White (Wolfgang Mitterer/ /Engelbert Humperdinck), Papagena/ Magic Flute as well as also in the BAROCKTAGE 2019 at the Staatsoper, in Scarlatti's "La Vergine Addolorata" with the Akademie für Alte Musik.
Furthermore, she was in various productions such as the short opera "Tolleranzia" by Axel Chorny (Deutsche Oper Berlin/ Tischlerei), Poppea/ L'incoronazione di Poppea (Freiraum Berlin), Hannchen/ Vetter aus Dingsda (Theater Altenburg Gera), Susanna/ Le nozze di Figaro (Uferstudios Berlin), Marzelline/Fidelio (Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest), Flaminia/ Il mondo della luna (HfM Berlin) and Poppea/ Agrippina (Radialsystem Berlin).
In 2020 she sang Echo/ Ariadne auf Naxos * at L'Opéra National de Montpellier and debuted with the role of the Angel in the premiere at Theater Basel of Olivier Messiaens' Saint François d'Assise under Clemens Heil and directed by Benedikt von Peter. In 2021 followed an invitation to the Theater Dortmund for the premiere of Austrian composer Bernhard Lang's opera Der Hetzer, which premieres this fall.
Since the 21/22 season, Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir has been a permanent member of the ensemble at Theater Basel, where she will be heard, among others, in The Magic Flute, Don Carlos, a staged St. Matthew Passion, Philip Glass's "Einstein on the Beach," and in a premiere of a drama opera based on motifs from the Krabat saga.
* cancelled due to Covid
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Foto: Hjördís Jónsdóttir
Foto: Valgeir Einarsson
Download availableEngel in Saint Francois d'Assise - Theater Basel (mit Nathan Berg)
Foto: Ingo Hoehn
Trailer "Saint François d'Assise" (Olivier Messiaen) am Theater Basel
Palais Lichtenau Session - Claude Debussy "Apparition"
Saint François d'Assise / Theater Basel / 16.10.20 / br-klassik.de
"Álfheidur Erla Gudmundsdóttir gibt einen wunderbaren Engel"
Saint François d'Assise / Theater Basel / 16.10.20 / sueddeutsche.de
"Gudmundsdóttir und Nathan Berg sind ein wundervolles Paar, denen die Liebe zu strahlender Selbstverständlichkeit und Musik geworden ist".
Saint François d'Assise / Theater Basel / 18.10.2020 Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Alfheidur Erla Gudmundsdóttir mit ihrem schlackenlosen Sopran und wunderbarem Legato
Saint François d'Assise / Theater Basel / 29.10.2020 / DIE ZEIT
"Der blausilbern fließende, schwerelos schlanke Sopran der Isländerin Àlfheidur Erla Gudmundsdóttir wird einen immer wieder daran erinnern, dass in dieser Musik eine Verbindung zum Himmel erzeugt werden soll"