For the sixth year The Icelandic Opera-Chorus performed Mozart Requiem umder the baton of its founder Garðar Cortes. This unique concert that takes place by candle-light after midnight on Decemer 5th, the hour of which Mozart died, is a memorial concert for all Icelandic musicians who have died
Thora sings the role of Gilda in the Icelandic Opera's new production of Rigoletto. The premiere which was also Thora's debut as Gilda was truly a succes for her. Following are the reviews in Icelands main newspapers:
The audience’s verdict was absolute: Thora Einarsdottir was the winner of the evening. The standing ovation at the end of the premiere last Saturday showed clearly and without any doubt that the jubilation over Thoras performance was not a pretence, it came straight from the heart. And everyone could hear that. She sang and acted simply delightfully. The voice has grown in volume and strength since we first heard her when she first performed as an opera singer in her early twenties, her technique seems flawless, the interpretation always goes straight to ones heart. The low notes are as pure as the high ones, everything with the right dynamic. How she plays with the low register and how she tiptoes effortlessly through the tricky coloratura in the first act! Yes this is certainly among the best performances ever seen in the Icelandic Opera and hopefully we will enjoy Thoras art as often as possible in the future. Jón Viðar Jónsson, DV Oktober 2010
Thora Einarsdottir has a wonderful voice and has the looks of a fairy, and the role of Gilda uses all of Einarsdottir talents - except the humor. Everyone knows that the opera Rigoletto has many great arias and it was beautiful to listen to Thora sing Caro nome when the Duke/pour student has left her. Silja Aðalsteinsdóttir, Tímarit máls og menningar, Okt. 2010
The star of the opera was Thora Einarsdottir in the role of Rigoletto’s daughter. With her everything comes together, a credible acting and an intricate, exceedingly beautiful singing. Her performance was unique. Jónas Sen, Fréttablaðið Oktober, 2010
Thora Einarsdottir has a presence that is light as a feather, and she interpreted the role of Gilda with intimacy and a fine-tuned grace, her acting was a genuine joy to watch all through to the end. Ríkharður Örn Pálsson, Morgunblaðið, Okt. 2010
OPERA NEWS The Publication of the Metropolitan Opera Guild
The editor's choise of recording in the June issue of OPERA NEWS is Opera Rara's new recording of Offenbach's Vert-Vert.
"Opera Rara has done it again! In its intoxicating new studio recording of the rara avis Vert-Vert, the label has restored an 1869 opra comique to bubbly life ......The cast is international but sounds convincing en franais...... Valentin's beloved, the faithful Mimi, is prettily sung by Thora Einarsdottir"
To the pleasure of her fans in Wiesbaden, Thora made guest appearances as Susanna in Figaro and as Ännchen in Der Freischütz at Hessishe Staatstheater Wiesbaden last April. Thora was a member of the Ensamble in Wiesbaden from 2001-2008.
"Best of all, as a character, is lovely Thora Einarsdottir as Mimi, very believable as the innocent convent girl who runs away to follow her love (in a dragoon uniform showing off her legs – in the original staging.)"
Thora has been nominated as "Best voice" for the The Icelandic Music Awarsd 2010. The jury's review says: " Nominated for her roles at the Icelandic Opera and the titel role in the oratorio Cecilia. Thora Einarsdottir in a world class singer"
Thora sings the role of Mimi in Opera Rara's new recording of Offenbach's Vert-Vert.
The Sunday Times – Review:
This is the first-ever recording of Offenbach’s comic opera Vert-Vert (1869), a distortion of a previously famous story about a convent’s pet parrot that learns to utter profanities. In Offenbach’s work, this parrot has fallen off its perch in its uncorrupted state, so the convent girls replace it with Valentin, a naive boy whom one of the girls, Mimi, fancies something rotten. The music, here exquisitely played, is as skilfully wrought and as tuneful as any Offenbach, and the first-rate cast, headed by Toby Spence and Thora Einarsdottir, pitches its performances at exactly the right level: gentle wit. By Stephen Pettitt Published: January 24, 2010
Thora has just finished a run of New Years Concerts with the Icelandic Symphony conducted by Christopher Warren-Green. She performed Adeles arias from Die Federmaus,"Mein Herr Marquis" and "Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande" as well as two duett's with her tenor husband Björn Jonsson, who jumped in at the last minute for disposed Finnur Bjarnason. The concert was broadcast by the Icelandic National Radio Service and is available online for four weeks here: http://dagskra.ruv.is/ras1/4517127/2010/01/10/