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Astmar Olafsson

Voice Type:

Baritone

Nationality:

Icelander

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, German, Danish, Icelandic

Opera

Marcello​
La bohème (Puccini)
Tayside Opera
2009
Giorgio Germont
La traviata (Verdi)
Tayside Opera
2005
Dr Falke
Die Fledermaus (Strauss, J)
Tayside Opera
2003
Lord Enrico Ashton
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
Tayside Opera
2002
Rodrigo
Don Carlos (Verdi)
Tayside Opera
2000
Don Carlo
La forza del destino (Verdi)
Tayside Opera
1999
Papageno
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
South Hill Opera
1991

Other

Baritone soloist
3 Scottish Songs (John A. Speight)
Music from Iceland/St. John's Kirk of Perth
2015
Baritone soloist
Icelandic Songs (John A. Speight and many other Icelandic composers)
Iceland, Germany, United Kingdom
Baritone soloist
Die Schöne Müllerin, Schwanengesang, Winterreise (Schubert)
Iceland, Würzburg, Aschaffenburg, Edinburgh
Baritone soloist
Songs of Travel (R. Vaughan Williams)
Iceland, Aschaffenburg, Edinburgh, Dundee, London,
Baritone soloist
Dichterliebe (R. Schumann)
Edinburgh, Aschaffenburg, Dundee.

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

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Marcello, La Boheme

Competitions

1st Prize Lieder Recital Oxford Festival Competition. (1993)

'Every singer worth their salt should have at least one of the great song cycles in their repertoire, writes Garry Fraser. To perform three such works in one concert shows great versatility, to perform them all well nigh faultlessly shows an equally high level of proficiency. Baritone Astmar Olafsson's performance in the Chaplaincy centre on Thursday night was excellent, with an enviable and easy adaptability, moving from Beethoven to a contemporary work via one of the 20th century's greatest group of songs....Every song was brought over superbly by a singer very much on top form." Courier, 31.10.2009 (2009)

"Astmar Olafsson was a perfect Giorgio Germont and his final aria in Act One was another highlight, as was his previous scene with Violetta.' ...Garry Fraser, Dundee Courier. (2005)

Astmar was born in Iceland. After initial music studies in Iceland he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music, London studying piano with Philip Jenkins and voice with Henry Cummings. He continued his studies privately with Kenneth Woollam (voice) and Louis Kentner (píano) in London.

Astmar has appeared widely in Britain, Iceland and Germany as a recitalist, in oratorios and opera as well as dedicating his time teaching voice and piano. He is also an experienced conductor of childrens' choirs and under his training they have received numerous awards and travelled on tours to Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Germany and France.

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