What does is take to be an Opera singer? Dora Armannsdottir has performed Opera all over the world and tells us what she learned along the way.
Originally from Reykjavík, Iceland, Mezzo-Soprano Dóra Ármannsdóttir received her classical training at The Reykjavik Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts, under the guidance of Ólöf Kolbrún Harðardóttir, where she graduated with distinction. And furthered her studies at the Opera Department at The University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. She attended masterclasses with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Robin Stapleton, Kristinn Sigmundsson and Jónas Ingimundarson. Dóra completed the Pacific Opera Young Artists Program in Sydney, Australia.Next to her solo career she performed with Opera Australia as a chorister in Sydney and Melbourne productions of Madame Butterfly, Macbeth, Lakme, La Boheme, The Pearlfishers and La Traviata Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.Dóra has performed at: Sydney Opera House, Arts Center Melbourne, Volksoper Vienna, Bayreuth Young Artists Festival, Opera Brasov, The Icelandic Opera, The Reykjavik City Theatre, National Theatre of Iceland and Carnegie Hall.
Dora is also a renowned concert singer. Concert repertoire includes Alto-Solo’s in oratorios like Bach’s Johannes Passion, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem. She toured to Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Krakow with Mitteleuropäisches Kammerorchester singing Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. She currently resides in Oslo, Norway.
DORA STEINUNN ARMANNSDOTTIR
- From Iceland, but lived and worked in Austria, Australia and Norway
- Age 5 she wanted to be an Opera singer after hearing it on Ras 1
- Loved the big dresses, music and how it combines acting, dancing and singing
- Listening to Pavarotti
- Langholtskirkja, Ólöf Kolbrún Harðardóttir, guided her in Söngskólinn
- Learned and worked in Iceland, Austria, Australia and Norway
- From Soprano to Mezzo-Soprano
- How she prepares for a role
“Stúlkan í Vitanum” (Girl in the Tower), 16 years old at the Icelandic Opera house
Singing an aria from die Fledermaus, she forgot the words in German, in Austria. Awkward!
Sang tralala throughout the entire song. At least she was in character
Focused on what you want, not what the teachers want
Follow you heart, follow your gut
Go for it
(Everything an Opera singer needs)
Losing her brother
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Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Samuel Ramey, Renee Fleming, Anna Netrebko
Dora singing “Happy Birthday to her husband Eirikur” …. Til hamingju með afmælið Eiríkur!