Thora Einarsdottir, has been appointed a professor at the Music Department of the Iceland University of the Arts.
Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Thora Einarsdottir studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Reykjavik Academy of Singing. She studied voice with Laura Sarti and Ólöf Kolbrun Hardardottir and took private lessons with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
Thora was a member of the ensemble at Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden from 2001-2008 where she sang a wide number of roles. She has performed at the Icelandic Opera, Malmo Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, Opera North, Opera Factory, in Mannheim, Darmstadt, Nürnberg, Karlsruhe, Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Berlin and Salzburg.
Roles include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Ilia (Idomeneo), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Gilda (Rigoletto), Nannetta (Falstaff), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretria), Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and Marie (La fille du regiment). She has also performed in concerts with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, The Beethoven Orchester in Bonn, Bach Collegium and Münchener Bach-Chor.
Thora has worked with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Osmo Vänska, Lothar Zagrosek, Christipher Warren-Green, Sir Elgar Howarth, Pinchas Steinberg, Edward Gardner, Robin Stableton, Marc Piollet, Jonathan Darlington, Nicholas Kok, John Fiore and Paul Goodwin. Her wide recording experience includes the world premier recording of Offenbach’s Vert-Vert for Opera Rara conducted by David Parry. She has also recorded for Swedish record label “BIS” and for radio and CD’s in her native country Iceland.
Thora is a program director of the Vocal performance program at IUA.