by Gunnar Þórðarson
Premiere 1. march 2014


Composer Gunnar Þórðarson   Libretto Friðrik Erlingsson   Language Íslenska   Acts 3   Duration 180 minutes   Breaks 1

A new Icelandic opera, Ragnheiður, by composer Gunnar Þórðarson and librettist Friðrik Erlingsson, was an immediate success at The Icelandic Opera last Spring and was praised by both the general public and critics alike.

This new all-Icelandic opera is based on true historical events that took place in Iceland in the mid 17th century. The title role, Ragnheiður, is the 18 year old daughter of the Bishop of Skálholt, the most powerful man of the church in the country. She and her young teacher, Daði, fell in love, but had to conceal their affections since the bishop had other plans for his daugther‘s future. In 1661 the bishop demanded that his daughter, Ragnheiður, would take an oath in front of the whole congregation to swear her virginity. Nine months later she gave birth to a child. For centuries people have discussed if she took a false oath or not.

It is worth a trip to Iceland to see and hear this impressive new opera, the first Icelandic opera to be staged in Harpa, the new home of The Icelandic Opera. The conductor is Peter Sakari and in the title role will be one of Iceland´s most adored soprano singer Þóra Einarsdóttir.



Ragnheiður Brynjólfsdóttir
Þóra Einarsdóttir
Bishop Brynjólfur Sveinsson
Viðar Gunnarsson
Daði Halldórsson
Elmar Gilbertsson
Rev. Sigurður
Jóhann Smári Sævarsson
Helga Magnúsdóttir
Elsa Waage
Rev. Hallgrímur Pétursson
Bergþór Pálsson
Rev. Torfi Jónsson
Ágúst Ólafsson
Þórður Þorláksson
Björn Ingiberg Jónsson

Artistic directors

Petri Sakari
Stage Director
Stefán Baldursson
Set Designer
Gretar Reynisson
Lighting Designer
Páll Ragnarsson
Assistant Conductor
Guðmundur Óli Gunnarsson
Video Design
Helena Stefánsdóttir