Employees and board

Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir

Artistic Director and CEO Icelandic Opera

steinunn birna ragnarsdóttir

is born in Reykjavík and studied music from an early age. She earned her Master’s degree in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory in Boston 1987. Steinunn lived in Spain for a couple of years after graduating and performed frequently in many international festivals. She has received various awards for her performances and appeared in concerts in Europe and in the USA. Vigorous performer of solo and chamber music she has also recored several CD-s. Her solo performances as a pianist with the Iceland Symphony have been issued on CD´s, including an album that earned her the 1998 Icelandic Music Award for the year’s best classical CD. She is the founder of the Reykholt Music Festival and was the Artistic Director until she took on the position of the Music Director of Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík  in 2010, one year before it was inaugurated in 2011. She has been active as an Artistic leader for many years in Iceland and was on the City Counsil from 2002-2004 and the Vice President of the Cultural committée.  Steinunn has been the Artistic Director and CEO of the Icelandic  Opera since June 2015. She currently sits on the Board of ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) and the SSÍ (Icelandic Performing Arts Association) and appears frequently as a lecturer and member of panels in various International conferences.



Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir 
Artistic director and CEO

Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

Music director


Sunna Jóhannsdóttir

Administration – finances


Dýri Jónsson

Production and project manager


Helga Lúðvíksdóttir

Head of Costume Department


The Board

The board members of The Icelandic Opera are:

Pétur J. Eiríksson, Chairman

Guðbjörg Edda Eggertsdóttir

Vilhjálmur F. Vilhjálmsson

Una Steinsdóttir

Þorvaldur Örn Davíðsson