Biography

The Icelandic mezzo-soprano Gudrún Ólafsdóttir has won many prizes in international singing competitions and performed extensively across Europe, both in chamber music and with orchestras such as the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, The St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. She has also performed in opera and recorded several CDs. Gudrún studied at the Reykjavík College of Music under Rut Magnússon, before moving to London, where she completed a Master of Music degree and the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, studying with Professor Laura Sarti. Read More…

Voice and Guitar Duo

The collaboration between Gudrún Ólafsdóttir and her husband, the Spanish classical guitarist Francisco Javier Jáuregui, began in 2002 with a recital in London. Since then they have performed as a duo in venues such as The Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, St James’s Palace, The Bolivar Hall and St John’s Waterloo in London, Hopetoun House in Scotland, the Reykjavik Arts Festival and the Icelandic National Opera in Iceland, the Palau de la Música de Valencia and the Auditorio Príncipe Felipe in Spain, and the Glinka Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Society in Russia. In 2008 their CD Mine is Yours – Icelandic and Spanish Songs, was released by Icelandic label 12 tónar. Read More…

Recordings

Gudrún’s most recent recordings include her CD Secretos quiero descubrir – Spanish Music for Voice, Violin and Guitar with Dúo Roncesvalles, which is composed of Elena Jáuregui, violin and Francisco Javier Jáuregui, guitar. The CD features Four Sephardic Songs arranged by Francisco Javier Jáuregui, Canciones Antiguas Españolas by Federico García Lorca, Duerme tesoro by Agustín Castilla-Ávila, Homenajes by Eduardo Morales-Caso, Prólogo by David del Puerto, El cant dels ocells Catalan folk song arranged by F. J. Jáuregui, Three Basque folk songs by F. J. Jáuregui. All world première recordings except Homenajes. Booklet with English translations of all songs. ABU Records, ABU001, 2014. Buy CD. Read More…

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