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Oddur Jonsson (Baritone)

Born: Iceland

The Icelandic baritone, Oddur Jonsson, studied Master Opera and Master Lied and Oratorio with Professor Andreas Macco and Professor Martha Sharp at Mozarteum University Salzburg, where he graduated with distinction. He was invited to take part in the Schubert Residency at the Aix-en-Provence Festival with Matthias Goerne and Markus Hinterhäuser. He has also taken part in master-classes with Roberta Alexander, Kristján Jóhannsson, Tom Krause, Thomas Moser, Ruggiero Raimondi, Alexander Schmalcz, Peter Schreier, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Margaret Singer, Richard Stokes, Kiri Te Kanawa, Gerd Uecker and Breda Zakotnik.

In 2014 Oddur Jonsson received the prize for the best Lied and Oratorio Performer and the Schubert Prize in the Francesc Viñas Competition in Barcelona. The same year he was a finalist in the International Mozart Competition and the Belvedere Competition. In 2013 he won first prize in the International Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria, third prize in the International Schubert Lied-Duo Competition in Dortmund, Germany and third prize in Concorso Musica Sacra in Rome, Italy. In 2011 he received a scholarship and the Audience Prize from the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation in Hannover, and a scholarship from the Gianna-Szell Foundation in Salzburg.

Oddur Jonsson made his debut at the Icelandic Opera as Rodrigo in Verdiís Don Carlo, for which he was awarded the Brightest Hope in the category classical and contemporary music and nominated as the male singer of the year at the Icelandic Music Awards. He was also awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal from the Mozarteum International Foundation. He has sung the roles of Conte Almaviva in W.A. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in W.A. Mozart's Così fan tutte, Belcore in Líelisir díamore, Kaiser Overall in Ullmannís Kaiser von Atlantis, Oreste in Gluckís Iphigènie en Tauride, Ned Keene in Peter Grimes and The Herald in Benjamin Britten's The Burning Fiery Furnace by B. Britten.

On the concert stage Oddur Jonsson made his Paris debut in February 2015, singing Gustav Mahlerís Das Lied von der Erde with the Paris Opera Ballet, in a new John Neumeier production. He has sung works by J.S. Bach: The Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248), St. Johnís Passion (BWV 245), the B-minor Mass (BWV 232) and Cantatas including Ich habe genug (BWV 82); Masses and Cantatas by Georg Philipp Telemann, W.A. Mozart, Michael Haydn and Charles Gounod.

As a recitalist Oddur Jonsson has sung Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by G. Mahler, Liederkreis op. 39 by Robert Schumann, Liebeslieder- Walzer by Johannes Brahms, Let us Garlands bring by G. Finzi and Lieder by F. Schubert, H. Wolf, H. Pfitzner and R. Strauss.

Source: Kirkjulistahátíð í Hallgrímskirkju í Reykjaví Website
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Aryeh Oron (April 2016)

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BWV 21 [2nd], BWV 150

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Oddur Jonsson, Baritone (Kirkjulistahátíð í Hallgrímskirkju í Reykjaví)


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