Arnheiður EiríksdóttirSoloist of the Opera
The Islandic mezzo-soprano Arnheiður Eiríksdóttir has been soloist of the National Theatre Opera in Prague since the 2020/21 season. In the current season she can be seen in the role of Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Varvara (Káťa Kabanová), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and Dorabella (Così fan tutte) in Prague as well as at the Cologne opera house as Kuchtík (Rusalka). From 2018 to 2020, Arnheiður Eiríksdóttir was member of the international opera studio at the Oper Köln, where she performed Carlotta in Salieri’s La scuola de’gelosi, Hl. Margarete in Braunfels’ Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna, Jennie Hildebrand in Weill’s Street Scene, Death in Stravinsky’s The Nightingale, Muse/Nicklausse) in Hoffmanns Erzählungen für Kinder, Glückskind in Hanke’s Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren, as well as the role of Mercédès in Carmen. Arnheiður has had the honor to work with conductors such as Claude Schnitzler, Alfred Eschwé, Stefan Soltesz, Rainer Mühlbach, Jaroslav Kyzlink and Karl-Heinz Steffens, as well as stage directors Grischa Asagaroff, Lydia Steier, Jean Renshaw, Magdalena Švecová and Calixto Bieito.
After completing her Diploma with honors from the Reykjavík College of Music Arnheiður honed her skills in the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under the guidance of Sebastian Vittucci, Christoph Ulrich Meier and Reto Nickler. Already during her studies she had the opportunity to sing Cherubino, Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff and Andronico in Händel’s Tamerlano in Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, as well as Dorabella at the Daegu Opera House in South Korea and Hänsel (Hänsel und Grete) with the Icelandic Opera. Arnheiður made her Prague debut at a concert held by Nachtigall Artists on 21 May 2018 at the New Town Hall.