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Kristinn Sigmundsson

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Kristinn Sigmundsson press reviews

“The cast of the current revival is solid, also stellar. But one figure towered above the rest on Friday, literally and figuratively. Undertaking his first Baron Ochs in New York, the Icelandic bass Kristinn Sigmundsson dealt in revelations. His tone dark and his dynamic range broad, he exuded raw power, crusty lust and comic bravado, all reinforced by a trace of gravitas. This Lerchenau managed a rare balance between baron and ox, and, not incidentally, descended with rambling, rumbling ease to the subterranean E that closes Act Two.”br> Financial Times

La Damnation de Faust; SAN FRANCISCO OPERA
“On the musical front, meanwhile, this "Faust" is notable for introducing two brilliant new singers to the company's ranks. As Mephistopheles, Icelandic bass Kristinn Sigmundsson turned in a powerhouse of a performance, marked by potent, impressively modulated tone and plenty of dramatic flair.
Right from his entrance, bursting through the ranks of the surprised onstage audience, Sigmundsson commanded the stage like a true Evil One. His singing was both muscular and lithe, with resonant, well-tuned low notes and a sweetly lyrical upper range. And though he doesn't move quite nimbly enough for all the clambering he's asked to do, he can execute a sardonic soft-shoe shuffle with the best of them.”
San Francisco Chronicle

Il Barbiere di Siviglia; OPERA BASTILLE PARIS
“The comic side of Kristinn Sigmundsson is not often seen. He is normally singing roles like the Grand Inquisitor, Klingsor and Méphistophélès but his giant frame wrapped around the role of Basilio like a glove. Serreau used him effectively and at one point had him lifting a complaining Bartolo off the ground and shaking him like a rag doll. With his awesome bass voice, it is unlikely that one will ever hear ?La calunnia’ more forcefully declaimed.”
S & H International Opera Review

“However, this “Walküre” shines musically. Rarely has one seen an ensemble of such consistently excellent caliber...Kristinn Sigmundsson empowers Hunding also through his character portrayal.”
[“Dafür glänzt diese "Walküre" musikalisch. Selten hat man in Köln ein so durchweg exzellentes Ensemble erlebt... Kristinn Sigmundsson verleiht dem Hunding auch darstellerisch Profil.”]