In the 2015-16 season, Icelandic baritone Olafur Sigurdarson, currently a principal artist at Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, revisits the role of Balstrode Peter Grimes, which he first sang last season with great success at the Reykjavik Arts Festival with Stuart Skelton, and also the title roles of Falstaff and Rigoletto, one of his signature roles. He travels for Wuppertal to join the Sinfonieorchester for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and goes on to Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano to sing the same part with Vladimir Ashkenazy for the inauguration of the city’s new cultural centre, LAC. He sings the work on tour in Japan with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and at the Stuttgarter Liederhalle with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. Further concert appearances include Kindertotenlieder with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and Iago Otello under Richard Farnes in Cambridge. Returning to the operatic stage, he sings Escamillo Carmen at Teatro de la Ciudad in Playa del Carmen, in his Mexican debut.
Last season saw him appear as Iago in Theatre Basel’s new Otello and in his ecstatically received role debut as Der Fliegende Holländer in Saarbrücken, for which he received the rarely bestowed honorary membership of the Richard Wagner Association in Saarland (RWV). His debut as Wanderer Siegfried in concert with Dortmund Philharmonic was a great success. At Theater Darmstadt he appeared as Macbeth and at Theater der Bundesstadt Bonn as Jochanaan Salome, a role for which he received the Sponsors Prize in Saarbrücken. Further performances in Saarbrücken in 2014-15 include Scarpia Tosca, and Renato Un Ballo in Maschera.
Recent career highlights were his role debuts as Sancho Panza Don Quichotte in a new production at Danish National Opera and, and as General Groves Doctor Atomic at Finnish National Opera, Staatstheater Karlsruhe and in Saarbrücken.