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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Innovation and versatility on and off stageWe are very pleased to welcome Álfheidur Erla Gudmundsdóttir, one of this time's most exciting, young artists to our "Emerging-Artists"-roster! In the season 2019/20, she joined the Thüringen Opera Studio (HfM "Franz Liszt"), and performed at major opera houses as well, including the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, where she took on the title role in "Schneewittchen" (Mitterer/Humperdinck).
With her broad and versatile Lied repertoire as well as innovative approaches, she likes building bridges between music and visual arts.
In addition, she is a passionate photographer: