Kristinn Sigmundsson

Kristinn Sigmundsson

Initially trained as a biologist, Kristinn Sigmundsson taught for a few years before becoming a singer, studying first at the Reykjavik Academy of Singing and then at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. He began his career performing principally in his native Iceland, before going on to join the Hessische Staatstheater in Wiesbaden.

As one of the world’s most sought after basses, Kristinn Sigmundsson regularly sings at the world’s greatest opera houses: The MET, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, L’Opéra National de Paris, where he has very nearly sung his entire repertoire; Vienna State Opera, Munich State Opera and the Semperoper Dresden. His broad repertoire extends from Don Basilio over Zaccaria to Gurnemanz.

Some of his career highlights include, but are not limited to: Baron Ochs at the Maggio Musicale Florence; Il Commendatore in Munich, Berlin and New York; Baron Ochs and Vodnik in Rusalka at the MET; Gurnemanz in Cologne and Florence; King Heinrich in Madrid; Hunding at the MET, in Naples, Venice and Cologne; Landgraf in Geneva and Amsterdam; Méphistophélès, King Marke, Sparafucile, Il Commendatore, Sarastro and Baron Ochs in San Francisco; Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) in Munich, as well as Sarastro in Houston and Chile.

Among some of Kristinn Sigmundsson’s past engagements were: Der fliegende Holländer (Daland) at the San Francisco Opera, the Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg and the Ravinia Festival, at which he also sang Don Giovanni (Commendatore) and Nozze di Figaro (Bartolo); Das Rheingold (Fasolt) at the Houston Grand Opera; Philip II in Don Carlo in Iceland (the first time the whole opera was performed there); Louis XIV in The Ghosts of Versailles (Grammy-winning recording of 2017), Basilio in The Barber of Seville and Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro at the Los Angeles Opera; Die Walküre (excerpts, Hunding and Wotan) with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden; Fidelio (Rocco) at the Caramoor Summer Music Festival with Pablo Heras-Casado; La Damnation de Faust (Mephistopheles) at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago with Carlos Kalmar; Il Commendatore with the Budapest Festival Orchestra at the Edinburgh International Festival; Sarastro in Torino; King Mark in Lisbon, as well as Guillaume Tell (Melchtal) and Don Carlos (Le grand Inquisiteur) in Hamburg. In concert, he sang Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the Cincinnati May Festival as well as Stabat Mater and Der fliegende Holländer (concert version), with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Rai, all with James Conlon as conductor.

In the 2018/19 season, Kristinn Sigmundsson will reprise his role as Daland in Der fliegende Holländer at the Houston Grand Opera and perform Dansker in Oslo, which will mark the very first time Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd has come to Norway.

Kristinn Sigmundsson’s concert repertoire is extensive, as is his international concert experience. He has worked with many of the world’s best known conductors: James Conlon, Jaap van Zweden, Pablo Heras-Casado, James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Sir Charles Mackerras, Christoph von Dohnányi, Jeffrey Tate, Christoph Eschenbach, Ivor Bolton and Marc Minkowski.

He has been featured on a number of recordings, including: The Ghosts of Versailles with James Conlon, Don Giovanni (Il Commendatore) and Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro) with Arnold Östman for DECCA; Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten for Deutsche Grammophon. With Frans Brueggen, for Phillips, he has recorded both the Johannespassion and the Matthäuspassion; Schumann’s Faustszenen for Harmonia Mundi with Philippe Herreweghe, as well as Rocco with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis.

Ludwig van Beethoven – Fidelio – Rocco
Metropolitan Opera New York, London Symphony Orchestra (live recording at Barbican Hall, Hong Kong, Houston Grand Opera
Hector Berlioz – La Damnation de Faust – Méphistophélès
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Opéra National de Paris, San Francisco Opera, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre des Pays de la Loire ,Berlioz Festival Cote St. André, Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos Lisboa, ABC-Orchestra Melbourne
Hector Berlioz – Les Troyens – Narbal
Boston Symphony Orchestra (Tanglewood Festival)
Luigi Cherubini – Médée – Creonte
Salzburger Festspiele
Gaetano Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor – Raimondo
Bayerische Staatsoper München
Antonin Dvorák – Rusalka – Vodnik
Metropolitan Opera New York
Christoph Willibald Gluck – Alceste – Le grand Prêtre
De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Christoph Willibald Gluck – Iphigénie en Tauride – Thoas
Drottningholm Festival
Charles Gounod – Faust – Méphistophélès
Opéra National de Paris
Charles Gounod – Roméo et Juliette – Frère Laurent
Metropolitan Opera New York
Georg Friedrich Händel – Ariodante – Il re di Scozia
Opéra National de Paris
Joseph Haydn – Armida – Idreno
Buxton Festival
Paul Hindemith – Mathis der Mahler – Riedinger
Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona
Paul Hindemith – Mathis der Mahler -Lorenz von Pommersfelden
Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Albert Lortzing – Undine – Kühleborn
Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Die Entführung aus dem Serail – Osmin
Teatro Verdi Trieste, Metropolitan Opera New York, Teatro San Carlo Napoli, Opéra de Nice
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Don Giovanni – Il commendatore
Drottningholm Festival, San Francisco Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Opéra National de Paris, Metropolitan Opera New York; Budapest Festival Orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Le nozze di Figaro – Bartolo
Opéra National de Paris, Sächsische Staatsoper, Grand Théâtre de Genève
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Die Zauberflöte – Sarastro
Drottningholm Festival, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Municipal de Santiago di Chile, Houston Grand Opera, Teatro Communale Firenze, Théâtre du CapitoleToulouse, San Francisco Opera
Gioacchino Rossini -Il barbiere di Siviglia – Don Basilio
Opéra National de Paris, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Islenska Operan Reykjavik,Clermont-Ferrand, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Staatsoper Hamburg
Gioacchino Rossini – La Cenerentola – Alidoro
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona
Gioacchino Rossini – La donna del lago – Douglas d’Angus
Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Gioacchino Rossini – L’Italiana in Algieri – Mustapha
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Wien, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Opéra National de Paris
Dmitri Schostakowitsch – Ledi Makbet Mzenskowo ujesda (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk) – Police officer
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Bedrich Smetana – Prodaná nevesta (Die verkaufte Braut) – Kecal
Grand Théâtre de Genève, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Oper Köln
Richard Strauss – Die Frau ohne Schatten – Der Geisterbote
Grand Théâtre de Genève, Théâtre du Châtelet Paris
Richard Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier – Baron Ochs
Oper Köln, Bayerische Staatsoper München, San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera New York, Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Atli Heimir Sveinsson – Vikivaki- Jaki Sonarson
Co-production Icelandic, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish TV
Pyotr Iljitsch Tchaikovsky – Yevgeni Onegin – Gremin
Opéra National de Montpellier, Opéra National de Paris, Staatsoper Hamburg
Victor Ullmann – Der Kaiser von Atlantis – Tod
Cincinnati May Festival
Giuseppe Verdi – Aida – Ramphis
Metropolitan Opera New York
Giuseppe Verdi – Don Carlo – Filippo
Royal Opera Stockholm, Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden
Giuseppe Verdi – Don Carlo – Il grande inquisitore
Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra National de Paris, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse
Giuseppe Verdi – Luisa Miller – Il conte di Walter
Cincinnati May Festival
Giuseppe Verdi – Macbeth – Banco
Oper Köln, Opéra National de Paris
Giuseppe Verdi – Nabucco – Zaccaria
Opéra National de Paris, Nimes Festival, Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Danish Opera, China National Center for the Performing Arts Beijing
Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto – Sparafucile
Opéra National de Paris, San Francisco Opera
Giuseppe Verdi – Il trovatore – Ferrando
Opéra National de Paris
Richard Wagner – Der fliegende Holländer – Daland
Opéra National de Paris, San Francisco Opera, Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg
Richard Wagner – Lohengrin – König Heinrich
Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Real Madrid, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Los Angeles Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper München, San Francisco Opera
Richard Wagner – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Pogner
Opéra National de Paris, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Philharmonie Köln, Deutsche Oper Berlin
Richard Wagner – Parsifal – Gurnemanz
Oper Köln, Opéra National de Paris, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Teatro di San Carlo Napoli
Richard Wagner – Parsifal – Klingsor
Opéra National de Paris, Philharmonie Köln
Richard Wagner – Das Rheingold – Fasolt
Teatro alla Scala Milano, Royal Opera House (Birmingham, Royal Albert Hall), Houston Opera
Richard Wagner – Tannhäuser – Landgraf Hermann
Grand Théâtre de Genève, De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Deutsche Oper Berlin, New National Theatre Tokyo, L’Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg
Richard Wagner – Tristan und Isolde – König Marke
Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Municipal de Santiago di Chile, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dallas Opera
Richard Wagner – Die Walküre – Hunding
Oper Köln, Metropolitan Opera New York, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Grant Park Festival, Teatro la Fenice Venezia
Carl Maria von Weber – Der Freischütz – Eremit
Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Barbican)