The season starts off with a premiere of one of opera‘s grandest works, Don Carlo by Guiseppe Verdi, which has never before been performed as a whole in Iceland. With an all-Icelandic cast, the title role will be sung by one of Iceland‘s most powerful tenors, Johann Valdimarsson, who in recent years has taken on large Verdi roles at the Icelandic Opera such as Duca in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La Traviata and Manrico in Il Trovatore. Princess Elisabetta will be performed by Icelandic soprano Helga Rós Indriðadóttir and Princess Eboli by former soprano Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir, who made a smashing debut in a mezzo-soprano role as Carmen at the Icelandic Opera last Fall. A young and aspiring baritone, Oddur Arnþór Jónsson, one of recent finalists in the international Belvedere Singing Competition, will perform the role of Rodrigo. Last but not least The Icelandic Opera welcomes back to its stage after several years of international success, bass-singer Kristinn Sigmundsson in the role of Philip II. Kristinn made his debut at The Icelandic Opera in 1982 and has since become an internationally acclaimed bass, performing at The Met, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Opéra National de Paris to name a few. Several other Icelandic singers take on other roles in this grand opera.
For artistic direction in Don Carlo, The Icelandic Opera relies entirely on Icelandic talents who have years of experience in theatre and opera. Director Þórhildur Þorleifsdóttir has staged multiple plays and operas in her successful carrier of forty years, experienced designer Þórunn Sigríður Þorgrímsdóttir takes on the immense task of being in charge of both costume and stage design in this grand opera, and lighting designer is Páll Ragnarsson, former Head of technical division at Harpa Concert Hall, who has designed lighting in more than 50 different plays and operas. Conductor will be Guðmundur Óli Gunnarsson, musical director of the Icelandic Opera.