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Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir, soprano

About Hallveig

Born in Reykjavík, Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir began her studies at 16 years old with Sigurður Demetz. She later enrolled at the Reykjavík College of Music where she gratuated in 1998, furthering her studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, from where she graduated with honours in 2001. 


Her opera roles include among others Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte by W.A. Mozart, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito by W. A. Mozart, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss, Voce dal Cielo in Verdi´s Don Carlo and Giannetta in L´Elisir d´Amore by Donizetti. In 2016 she performed the role of Stúlka in the premiére of Kristian Blak´s opera Ljós í ljóði in the Nordic House in Thórshavn, Faroe Islands, and in 2018 she premiered the role of Gilitrutt the troll that was written for her in the children´s opera Gilitrutt by Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir. In 2021 she premiered the role of the Traveller in Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir´s opera Traversing the Void in Iceland and later performed the opera in Australia.


Hallveig is an avid Baroque and oratorio singer and has performed with various chamber ensembles. She has performed with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions, as well as with other orchestras around the world. She is also an active lieder performer, has focused on contemporary music and has premiered numerous Icelandic pieces both in Iceland and abroad.

Hallveig won the Icelandic Music Award as Classical Singer of the Year 2013 for her role as Michaëla in the Icelandic Opera´s production of Carmen, and again for 2018 for her role as Gilitrutt, and for the concert Klassíkin okkar with the Icelandic Symphony orchestra. She was nominated again in 2014, for Ein Deutches Requiem by Brahms, in 2016 for Symphony nr. 3 by Henryk Górecki, in 2020 for a concert of Mozart arias with the Icelandic Symphony and again in 2021. She has also been nominated twice for Gríman, the Icelandic Theatre Awards, as best singer, first for Michaëla and again for Donna Anna.

Hallveig is the artistic director and founder of the musical group Cantoque Ensemble, which has attracted well-deserved attention for its performance. She is also a teacher and assistant principal of Songskóli Sigurðar Demetz. 


​Opera roles

Traveler (P), Traversing the Void by Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir

Gilitrutt (P), Gilitrutt by Hildigunn Rúnarsdó Táfrahuð pera ompany

Girl (P), Light in poetry by Kristian Blak 

Donna Anna, Don Giovanniby W. A. Mozart

1st Niece, Peter Grimes B. Britten

Sandman, Hansel and Gretel by E. Humperdinck

Voce dal Cielo, Don Carloby G. Value 

Michaela, Carmen by G. Bizet

Echo, Ariadne auf Naxos, Richard Strauss 

Servilia, La Clemenza di TitobyW. A. Mozart

Jane, Happy Ending by Kurt Weill

Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte by W. A. Mozart 

Oratorios and Orchestral Works

J. S. Bach: Cantatas no. 36, 51, 52 and 62 · The Christmas Oratorio · The John Passion · Magnificat

G. F. Händel: Messiah · L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato · Dixit Dominus · Judas Maccabeus

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

G. Rossini: Petite messe Solenelle  

A. Vivaldi: In furore iustissime irae

J. Haydn: Mass in B minor · The seasons

W. A. Mozart: Exultate Jubilate · Requiem · Mass in C-minor

J. Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

G. Fauré: Requiem

A. Scarlatti: La santissima Trinità

A. Dvořák: Stabat Mater  

G. Verdi: Requiem

Jón Nordal: Óttusöngvar að vori

H. Góreckí: Symphony no. 3


Over 100 lieder- and contemporary music recitals in Iceland, China, Germany, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Norway and England.


Benjamin Levy, Matthew Halls, Harry Bicket, Rumon Gamba, Kurt Copecky, Frank Strobel, Paul McCreesh, Tänu Kaljuste, Bernhardur Wilkinson, Ólavur Hátún, Guðmundur Óli Gunnarsson, 

Daniel Bjarnason, Magnús Ragnarsson, Peter Spissky


Masterclasses and private lessons with, among others Graham Johnson, Emma Kirkby, Elly Ameling, Andrè Orlowitz, Ian Partridge, Kristni Sigmundsson, David Jones

BMus - Guildhall School of Music 2001

Final exam - Reykjavík Music School 1998           

Masterclasses and private lessons with e.g. Graham Johnson, Emma Kirkby, Elly Ameling, Andrè Orlowitz, Ian Partridge, Kristinn Sigmundsson, David Jones

BMus - Guildhall School of Music 2001

Graduate Diploma - Reykjavík College of Music 1998           

Awards and Grants

Icelandic Music Awards 2013 and 2018: Female Singer of the Year

Icelandic Artist Salary and Stipend: 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2019. 2020, 2021, 2022

Grants: Kraumur Music Fund, Margret Bjorgolfsdottir Memorial Fund.

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