Oddur Jónsson is one of the most significant young vocal talents to have emerged from Iceland in his generation. He recently appeared as Michael in Daníel Bjarnason’s acclaimed new opera Brothers, an award-winning production staged by Kasper Holten. Oddur was named Most Promising Artist at the 2015 Icelandic Music Awards.
Oddur made his Paris debut in 2015 singing Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at the Palais Garnier, in a new staging by John Neumeier. Significant operatic roles include Rodrigo in Don Carlo, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Schaunard in La bohème, and the title role in Don Giovanni.
Oddur is an established oratorio and lieder singer. His oratorio repertoire includes Bach’s Passions, B minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio and cantatas including Ich habe genug and Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen in addition to Handel’s Messiah and Solomon, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. As a recitalist he has sung Schubert’s Winterreise and Schwanengesang, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Schumann’s Liederkreis and Brahms’s Liebeslieder Walzer.
Competition successes include the Best Lied & Oratorio Performer and Schubert Prizes at the Francesc Viñas Competition in Barcelona and first prize in the 2013 International Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria.
Oddur studied with Andreas Macco and Martha Sharp at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, where he graduated with distinction. During his postgraduate studies he was awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal from the Mozarteum International Foundation. He is the recipient of a scholarship and the Audience Prize from the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation in Hannover and a scholarship from the Gianna-Szell Foundation in Salzburg.