Gudrún Ólafsdóttir, mezzo-soprano
The Icelandic mezzo-soprano Gudrún Ólafsdóttir studied at the Reykjavík College of Music under Rut Magnússon, before moving to London, where she completed a Master of Music degree and the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, studying with Professor Laura Sarti. She then furthered her studies with mezzo-soprano Alicia Nafé in Madrid. Gudrún has won numerous prizes for her singing, including the Joaquín Rodrigo Prize in Madrid, the Lieder Prize in the Zamora International Singing Competition in Spain, the Miriam Licette Scholarship at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, third prize in Concorso Vocale Internazionale di Musica Sacra in Rome and the Kathleen Ferrier Song Prize at the Wigmore Hall in London.
Gudrún has performed across Europe and in Latin America in such halls as Bozar’s Henry le Boeuf Hall in Brussels, Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid, Teatro Real, the Buenos Aires Coliseo, St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia’s Glinka Hall and the Royal Festival Hall in London. She has performed with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Sonor Ensemble, Caput, La Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. She has sung the title role in Montsalvatge’s opera El Gato con Botas for Teatro Real in Madrid. Other operatic roles include Cenerentola, Dorabella, Rosina, Romeo, Lazuli, Prince Orlowsky, Purcell’s Dido, Mozart’s Sesto and Der Komponist.
An exponent of new music, Gudrún has offered world premières of works by a number of composers of different nationalities, who have composed their works especially for her. She created the role of Ingibjörg in the acclaimed opera Ragnheiður by Gunnar Thórdarson. Her numerous CDs include Grieg-Schumann, Mine is Yours – Icelandic and Spanish Songs, Unto Us, Sigvaldi Kaldalóns: Ég lít í anda liðna tíð, Grannmetislög, Apocrypha (Classical CD of the Year, Icelandic Music Prize), Iepo Oneipo – Sacred Dream (Editor’s Choice Gramophone Magazine), Áskell Másson Ymni (Naxos), English and Scottish Romantic Songs for Voice and Guitar (EMEC Discos) and Secretos quiero descubrir – Spanish Music for Voice, Violin and Guitar.