Elmar Gilbertsson tenor

Elmar Gilbertsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland.  He graduated from the Sigurdur Demetz Music School before joining the Opera Studio, Amsterdam. Subsequently he obtained his Master‘s Degree at the Dutch National Opera Academy at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague/Conservatory of Amsterdam with Jon Thorsteinsson and Peter Nilsson.

His repertoire includes roles such as Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea, Pastore in L'Orfeo, Il Testo in Il combattimento di Tancredi, Sailor in Dido and Aeneas, the title role of Händel’s Belshazzar, Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Ramiro in Cenerentola, Elvino in Bellini’s La Sonnambula, Alfredo in La Traviata, Goro in Madama Butterfly, Beppe/Harlequin in Pagliacci, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Kudrjás in Káťa Kabanová, Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmelites, and the lead role of Daði in Gunnar Thordarson’s Ragnheidur, which was premiered in Iceland in March 2014.

Gilbertsson has performed in joint productions of Operastudio Nederland, Opera Zuid and Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, and has been a returning guest for the ensemble of Opera Zuid Maastricht since the 2011-12 season. He is a freelance guest for Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam; the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; the International Janacek Festival Bruno (Czech Republic), Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Opéra de Nantes-Angers and Icelandic Opera, Reykjavík amongst others. He has collaborated with stage directors such as Pierre Audi, Patrice Caurier & Moshe Leiser, Harry Kupfer, Simon McBurney, Frank van Laecke, and conductors Marc Albrecht, Pablo Heras-Casado, Per-Otto Johansson, Petri Sakari and Mark Shanahan.

Gilbertsson‘s forthcoming engagements include Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Prince Ramiro in Rossini’s Cenerentola and Lensky in Eugene Onegin. In March 2014 he made his debut at the Icelandic Opera Reykjavík, in May 2014 at Opéra de Nantes-Angers, and in July 2014 at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Opéra de Toulon. In the 2014-15 season he will return to De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Opera Zuid Maastricht as well as the Icelandic Opera Reykjavík.