Friday, August 24, 2012

Presidential inauguration

Outside the Icelandic Parliament Building after I sang at the presidential inauguration when Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson started his fifth term as the President of Iceland on August 1, 2012.

Reykholt Music Festival

with Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir
This summer at Reykholt Music Festival I did a recital of Rachmaninoff songs, some french songs and Beethoven folksong arrangements with Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir pianist and the Reykholt Piano Trio. We also did new piano trio arrangements of Icelandic songs. It was a lovely experience. Singing in Russian is thrilling. I love this language and how it colors the voice. French is also a great language to sing in but so different. It was also very interesting to work on the Beethoven songs and discover how he is inspired by the  different languages and characteristics of the folksong and how his use of the combination of the piano trio adds another dimension to the songs. The trio arrangements by Þórður Magnússon were simply magical.

Here for information on the Festival

Parsifal in Prague

Inside Prague National Theate

I was lucky to sing the first flowermaiden in Parsifal in the beautiful theater “Národní divadlo” with Prague Opera recently. It was great to visit the wonderful city of Prague. And I had the privilege to be shown all around the city by John Fiore, the conductor of Parsifal, and his lovely friends Cynthia and Lucy. The performance was directed by Jirí Herman, a wonderful young director and former artistic director of Prague National Theater Opera. He was was very helpful and supportive.  It was truly a memorable visit.

Thora Einarsdottir

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mozart Great Mass in c-minor and Requiem critic

I thought Thora Einarsdottir was absolutely fantastic both in the Requiem and the c-minor Mass. I think she has the kind of voice that suits Mozart's music extremely  well. And the highlight was the long solo aria "Et incarnatus est" which is a great marathon for the 1.soprano and she sang it with  such artistry that it was breathtaking. It was simply fabulous. Helgi Jonsson, Vídsjá About Mozart Great Mass in C-minor and Requiem  21 and 22 April 2012 The Motett Choir of Hallgrimskirkja Hördur Askellsson, conductor

Friday, March 23, 2012

Elias in Wiesbaden

Thora sings the soprano part in Elias by Felix Mendelsson Bartholdy.

Thora Einarsdottir Sopran
Anna Haase Alt
Keith Ikaia-Purdy Tenor
Juri Batukov Bass

Ostbömische Staatspharmonie Hradec Králové
Chor der Marktkirchengemeinde Wiesbaden

Thomas J. Frank Leitung

24. März 2012
Evangelische Marktkirche Wiesbaden

Sunday, February 26, 2012

La Boheme

Thora has her debut as Mimi in La Boheme at Icelandic Opera in March 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Beethoven 9th in Munich

Thora sings the soprano solo in Beethovens 9th symphony in Munich, Philharmonie am Gasteig on January 18, 2012

Thora Einarsdottir, Sopran
Ann-Katrin Naidu, Alt
Markus Brutscher, Tenor
Raimund Nolte, Bass

Tschechischer Philharmonischer Chor Brno (ECHO Klassik 2007)

Brünner Philharmoniker
Petr Altrichter, conductor