Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir, Soprano
Icelandic soprano, Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir is currently studying towards a Master's degree at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, the Berlin Academy of Music under the tutelage of Anna Korondi. In 2013 she finished her classical singing studies at the Sigurdur Demetz School of Vocal Arts in Reykjavík where she studied with Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir and Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir. 2018 she completed her Bachelor Studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, the Berlin Academy of Music with highest distinction, under the tutelage of Anna Korondi. Her other teachers are Liana Vlad, Hendrik Heilmann, Wolfram Rieger, and Peter Berne.
She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist (2018) and was invited to participate in SongStudio, a new program for young vocalists under the leadership of world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming, in January 2019 at Carnegie Hall. In spring 2019 she will sing the title role in Snow White, composed by Wolfgang Mitterer/Engelbert Humperdinck at the Berlin State Opera.
Álfheiður is extremely grateful for the support of Deutschlandstipendium, Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now, Berlin e.V. and Ingjaldssjóður.
Whilst studying, Álfheiður has performed various opera roles. For example ‘Poppea’ in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Freiraum Berlin), ‘Susanna’ in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Uferstudios Berlin), ‘Marzelline’ in Beethoven’s Fidelio (Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest), ‘Flaminia’ in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna (HfM Berlin), ‘Poppea’ in Händel’s Agrippina (Radialsystem Berlin), ‘Adele’ in Strauss’s Fledermaus (Söngskóli Sigurðar Demetz, Reykjavík), ‘La Musica’ in Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Iðnó, Reykjavík), ‘1. spirit’ in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Icelandic Opera, Harpa concerthouse).
Álfheiður performs regularly in recitals in Germany and in Iceland. Amongst recent solo highlights include Händel’s Messiah (Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, Berlin), Bach’s Johannes-Passion (Immanuelkirche, Berlin) and Telemann’s Donnerode (St. Marienkirche Barth).
In spring 2018, she performed a nordic lied recital with Eva Þyri Hilmarsdóttir pianist in Salurinn concert house and at Hof, Akureyri. Besides they take part in the annual Reykjavik Culture Night with a recital at Reykjavík Cathedral every summer.