Described by The New York Times as “reliably breathtaking” and Opera News as having a voice of “bewitching beauty and presence,” Icelandic soprano Dísella Làrusdóttir is quickly gaining international attention for being one of the most promising talents of her generation. With her beautiful voice, compelling artistry, charismatic stage presence, and unusual musical stylistic versatility, Ms. Làrusdóttir is successfully redefining what it means to be an opera singer in this day and age.
Following her critically acclaimed performance in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2007 National Council Auditions and the subsequent documentary film The Audition, Ms. Lárusdóttir began an important relationship with the company. In season 2015/2016 Ms. Lárusdóttir covered the title role of William Kentridge's new production of Berg's Lulu, starring Marlis Petersen in the title role and then made her European debut in the same production at Teatro dell‘Opera di Roma in May 2017.
During the 2017/2018 season Ms. Lárusdóttir performed the role of Gianetta in Donizetti's L'elisir d'Amore as well as singing the role of one of the Flowermaidens in Wagner's Parsifal. In 2016/2017 Ms. Lárusdóttir performed the role of Papagena in Mozart‘s The Magic Flute and also the role of Barena in Janacek‘s Jenufa. A few other roles worth mentioning would be the role of First wood sprite in Dvořák’s Rusalka, starring Renée Fleming and Piotr Beczała, her debut role as Garsenda in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, starring Eva-Maria Westbroek and Marcello Giordani, and Woglinde in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung and Das Rheingold. Ms. Lárusdóttir has been involved in number of other productions such as Philip Glass’ Satyagraha, Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Strauss’ Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Bellini’s La Sonnambula, Bizet’s Carmen and the Baroque pastiche, The Enchanted Island.
Equally in demand on the concert platform, Ms. Lárusdóttir recently gave her New York City recital debut in Merkin Concert Hall, and was praised by The New York Times for “deploying her high, bright, and clear voice with a striking ease and consistency” and her “almost startling dramatic power.” She has also performed in venues like Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall New York City, Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles just to name a few.
This season Ms. Lárusdóttir will participate in two productions at The Metropolitan Opera: in Nico Muhly’s new opera Marnie as well as Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito.
11 December 2018 | 1 hr 4 mins
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Dísella hangs out and talks about Iceland, the opera-industry equation myth, Marnie, and balancing the life of an artist and being a mom.