Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir, Soprano
Icelandic soprano, Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir is studying towards her master's degree at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin; after completing her bachelor studies with highest distinction from the same school in 2018. She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and has participated in master classes with Anne Sofie von Otter, Piotr Beczala, and Emma Kirkby among others. Álfheiður made her debut at Staatsoper Berlin in the title role of Snow White (Wolfgang Mitterer) in March 2019. The Snow White production will be revived in December 2019. Álfheiður Erla will join the Thüringer Opera Studio for their 2019/2020 season.
Her recent operatic roles include ‘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) and ‘Poppea’ in Händel’s Agrippina (Radialsystem Berlin).
Álfheiður is also a passionate recitalist and performs frequently in recitals in Germany and Iceland. Her extensive repertoire include international and diverse compositions with particular emphasis on Nordic and German Lieder from the romantic era. She 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. Álfheiður will return to New York in spring 2020 to perform a solo recital in Carnegie Hall’s Citywide concert series. Amongst recent solo highlights include Händel’s Messiah (Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, Berlin), Bach’s Johannes-Passion (Immanuelkirche, Berlin), Mozart’s Grabmusik (Immanuelkirche, Berlin) and Telemann’s Donnerode (St. Marienkirche Barth).
Álfheiður is extremely grateful for the support of Deutschlandstipendium, Freunde Junger Musiker Berlin, Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now, Berlin e.V. and Ingjaldssjóður.