The Icelandic Opera resides at Harpa Concert Hall and offers its audiences ambitions and versatile programmes, along with producing around 2 – 4 operas or other musical events each season. While the majority of singers and artists in its productions are Icelandic, foreign artists are also regular participants.
The Icelandic Opera was formally founded at the end of the 1970’s by a group of young singers and artists. For nearly thirty years, the company resided in an old theatre in downtown Reykjavík but moved its facilities to Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in 2011. Despite the young age, the Icelandic Opera has, with great ambition and energy of its artists and other staff through the years, become a significant part in Icelandic musical life, and has in its almost 30-year history stages over 60 operas, ranging from Verdi to Britten to new works by Icelandic composers. The company also hosts concerts, with some of Iceland’s best-known singers as well as emerging talents, and regularly participates in co-productions with artists and theatre and musical groups.
Singing is a rich part of Icelandic culture, and the opera is very popular among Icelandic audiences. Most productions by the Icelandic Opera in recent years have been completely sold out with thousands of guests enjoying the work.