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  • Name:

    Ragnheiður

  • Created by:

    Gunnar Þórðarson and Friðrik Erlingsson

  • Icelandic title:

    Ragnheiður

  • Director:

    Stefán Baldursson

  • Set design:

    Gretar Reynisson

  • Costume design:

    Þórunn S. Þorgrímsdóttir

  • Music:

    Gunnar Þórðarson, conductor Petri Sakari

  • Lighting design:

    Páll Ragnarsson

  • Choreographer:

    Ingibjörg Björnsdóttir

  • Performers: Solists: Þóra Einarsdóttir, Elmar Gilbertsson,Viðar Gunnarsson, Jóhann Smári Sævarsson, Guðrún Jóhanna Ólafsdóttir, Elsa Waage, Bergþór Pálsson, Ágúst Ólafsson, Björn I.Jónsson. The Choir of The Icelandic opera and the Orchestra of The Icelandic Opera conducted by Petri Sakari.
  • Producer:

    The Icelandic Opera

  • When and where premièred?:

    March 1st 2014

  • Webpage: www.opera.is/EN
  • Artform:

    Opera

  • Production type: Other
  • Audience (suitable for?):

    All

  • Use of text:

    Subtitles

  • Language of text:

    Icelandic

  • Length:

    2,5 hours

  • Excerpts from reviews:

    "Superb staging of a magnificent opera ... bravissimo" ***** Jónas Sen Fréttablaðið

    "The whole production is of high professional standard, a perfomance of great finesse and confidence" ***** Hlín Agnarsdóttir, Dagblaðið

    "A historical moment". Silja Aðalsteinsdóttir,TMM

    "An exquisite experience ... wonderful performance ... magnificent music" Lísa Pálsdóttir Icelandic National Radio, RÚV

    "A 6 star performance, not to be missed ... BRILLIANT!" Gerrit Shuil, pianist

    "Magnificent masterpiece, a milestone in musical history" Eiður Guðnason, ambassador

  • (Awards, other accomplishments etc.):

    World-Premiere in Harpa Concert Hall, REykjavík

  • Is the production available for tour?:

    Yes

  • Has the production toured?:

    No

  • Number off people on tour:

    100

  • Number of performers on stage:

    39

  • Stage/venue requirements:

    Orchestra pit for orchestra of 52 members. The set consists of a triangle platform (15,6 m wide and 7,4 m deep) and 2 walls on wheels (4x6m).

  • Technical requirements:

    Theater lighting equipment.

  • Founded year? By? Members? Contact?:

    The history of The Icelandic Opera traces back to the beginning of the 1980s. With great ambition and energy of its artists and staff through the years, it certainly plays an established and important role in Icelandic musical life, and has in its 30 year history staged over 70 operas, ranging from Verdi to Britten to new works by Icelandic composers. Singing is a rich part of Icelandic culture, and opera enjoys a great popularity with Icelandic audiences. While the majority of singers and artists in its productions are Icelandic, foreign artists are also regular participiants.Most producions at The Icelandic Opera in recent years have been completely sold out with thousands of guests enjoying each production.

    Artistic and General Director is Stefán Baldursson.

    Contact: The Icelandic Opera, Harpa, Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík

        • What is it?: A new Icelandic opera by composer Gunnar Þórðarson and librettist Friðrik Erlingsson. The opera is based on true historical events that took place in the Bishopry at Skálholt in Iceland in the mid 16th century; a well known tragedy of bishop Brynjólfur Sveinsson, his daughter Ragnheiður and her teacher and the Bishop´s right-hand man, Daði Halldórsson.