BiographyThe young Icelandic soprano, Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir is studying towards her master's degree at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin; after completing her bachelor studies with highest distinction from the same school in 2018.
She was invited to participate in SongStudio, a new program for young vocalists under the leadership of world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming in January 2019 at Carnegie Hall. SongStudio was designed to renew and refresh the presentation and experience of the vocal recital while exploring innovative approaches to both classic and current song repertoire. Álfheiður will return to New York in spring 2020 to perform a solo recital in Carnegie Hall’s Citywide concert series with pianist Kunal Lahiry.
Álfheiður has worked with conductors such as Alondra de la Parra, Daníel Bjarnason and Fabio Biondi. Álfheiður made her debut at Staatsoper Berlin in the title role of Wolfgang Mitterer’s ‘Snow White‘ in March 2019, followed with her ‘Papagena‘ debut in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte September 2019. Álfheiður also performed the ‘Echo‘ in Scarlatti’s La Vergine Addolorata with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin during Staatsoper Berlin’s Barocktage in November 2019.
Her recent operatic roles include Louise in the premiere of the short opera Tolleranzia by Axel Chorny (Deutsche Oper Tischlerei), ‘Poppea’ in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Freiraum Berlin), ‘Hannchen‘ in Edvard Künneke’s Vetter aus Dingsda (Theater Altenburg Gera), ‘Susanna’ in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Uferstudios Berlin), ‘Marzelline’ in Beethoven’s Fidelio (Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest), ‘Flaminia’ in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna (HfM Berlin) and ‘Poppea’ in Händel’s Agrippina (Radialsystem Berlin). Álfheiður joined the Thüringer Opera Studio for their 2019/2020 season.
She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and has participated in master classes with Anne Sofie von Otter, Véronique Gens, Susan Manoff, Piotr Beczala, Matthew Rose, Hartmut Höll and Emma Kirkby among others. She was also a participant in the prestigious Academy Orsay-Royaumont with pianist Elenora Pertz in November 2019. Academy Orsay-Royaumont was designed to guide a new generation of singers and pianists, whilst also creating links between the worlds of music and the visual arts.
Álfheiður was awarded second prize and a prize for the best Lied interpretation at the International Haydn competition 2019. 2015 she was awarded the third prize and a prize for the best interpretation of an aria at the International Perotti competition.
Álfheiður is also a passionate recitalist and performs frequently in recitals in Germany and Iceland. Her extensive repertoire include international and diverse compositions with particular emphasis on Nordic and German Lieder from the romantic era. Amongst recent solo highlights include Händel’s Messiah (Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, Berlin), Bach’s Johannes-Passion (Immanuelkirche, Berlin), Mozart’s Grabmusik (Immanuelkirche, Berlin) and Telemann’s Donnerode (St. Marienkirche Barth).
Álfheiður is extremely grateful for the support of Deutschlandstipendium, Freunde Junger Musiker Berlin, Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now, Berlin e.V., Ingjaldssjóður and Tónlistarsjóður Rótarý.
Natascha van Randenborgh
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Season start at Theater Basel in Oliver Messiaen´s Saint François d´AssiseThe young Icelandic soprano Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir, to be found on our "Emerging Artists" list, was cast by the L'Opéra Orchester national Montpellier last season as Echo in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos at the Opéra Comédie in Montpellier - these performances unfortunately had to be canceled and postponed due to Covid 19.
But with the role of the angel in the premiere of Oliver Messiaens Saint François d’Assise under Clemens Heil and the direction of Benedikt von Peter at the Theater Basel, Álfheiður can start again musically, nothing appeals to the young soprano more than innovative forms of performance. She has always tried to build bridges between music and the visual arts and besides music, her heart also beats for photography: www.alfheidurerla.com/...
Photo: Valgeir Einarsson
Download availableAngel in Saint Francois d'Assise - Theater Basel
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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"