Biography

 

Thora Einarsdottir is one of the leading Icelandic operasingers of her generation.  Born in Reykjavik, soprano, Thora Einarsdottir studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Reykjavik Academy of Singing. She studied voice with Laura Sarti and Ólöf Kolbrun Hardardottir and took private lessons with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

 

Thora was a member of the ensemble at Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden from 2001-2008 where she sang a wide number of roles. She has performed at the Icelandic Opera, Malmo Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, Opera North, Opera Factory, in Mannheim, Nürnberg, Karlsruhe, Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Berlin and Salzburg. Roles include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Ilia (Idomeneo), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Nannetta (Falstaff), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretria), Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and Marie (La fille du regiment).

 

Thora Einarsdottir has also performed in concerts with the Icelandic Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, RundfunkSinfonieorchester Berlin and Konzerthausorchester Berlin and in venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Center as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington and the Weil Recital Hall in New York. Thora worked with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Osmo Vänska, Lothar Zagrosek, Christipher Warren-Green, Sir Elgar Howarth, Pinchas Steinberg, Edward Gardner, Robin Stableton, Marc Piollet, Jonathan Darlington, Nicholas Kok, John Fiore and Paul Goodwin.

 

Her wide recording experience includes a recent world premier recording of Offenbach’s “Vert-Vert” for Opera Rara conducted by David Parry. She has also recorded for Swedish record label “BIS” and for radio and CD’s in her native country Iceland.

 

Thora has received many awards and honours for her artistic presentations, including knighthood “Ridder af Dannebrogsordenen” from the the Queen of Denmark. She was nominated as “Best Voice” at the 2010 Icelandic Music Awards.