Icelandic tenor living Dutch dream thanks to Magic Flute

Icelandic opera singer Elmar Gilbertsson has landed himself a prestigious contract singing in the Netherlands.

Gilbertsson starts his new role at the the Maastricht Opera next month and the contract lasts for a year, reported.

This is not the only exciting recent development in the life of the young Icelandic tenor: he has also recently signed a contract with the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam to sing two parts in the Mozart opera The Magic Flute next winter.

“I was invited for an audition this spring for the part of Second Priester and they got in touch afterwards and wanted to give me the part. As it is a small but lyrical part, they said they were also interested in giving me another role in the same production: the role of First Geharnischter, which is a much heavier part and I just decided to go for it and signed up to the contract on the very same day,” Gilbertsson said.

The rehearsals will take place this autumn and there will be a total of ten performances in December 2012. The conductor will be Mark Albrecht, who is the house conductor. The director will be Simon McBurney from the UK; who’s previous productions include A Dog’s Heart (the new opera by Alexander Raskatov) at the Dutch National Opera two years ago. That opera was also performed at the English National Opera last year to rave reviews. Simon McBurney is also an accomplished actor and has been in films including Last King of Scotland and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Elmar Gilbertsson is currently in Iceland, busy preparing his upcoming role for the opera in Maastricht.

“It gives me very little time in the near future to come home and sing, although I gladly would. But I feel I have strong roots in the Icelandic music scene and am very interested in singing more at home if at all possible. I hope I will get that opportunity soon,” the singer states.