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Composer Opera Role
V. Bellini I Puritani Sir Richard Forth
A. Berg Wozzeck Second Apprentice
L. Bernstein Candide Dr Pangloss
G. Bizet Carmen Escamillo
B. Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream Starveling
G. Donizetti Don Pasquale Don Pasquale
E. Krenek Pallas Athene weint Nauarchos & Brasidas
W. A. Mozart Così fan tutte Guglielmo
Die Zauberflöte Speaker
Le nozze di Figaro The Count & Bartolo
F. Panisello Le malentendu Jan
H. Purcell King Arthur Sylvan & He
Die Zauberinsel (pasticcio feat. music by Purcell) Prospero
P. Tchaikovsky The Main of Orleans Lionel
G. Verdi Don Carlos Posa
R. Wagner Der Ring (adaptation by T. Gürbaca) Hagen

 

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Kristján Jóhannesson

Baritone Kristján Jóhannesson became a member of the Theater an der Wien's Young Ensemble at the beginning of the 2018/19 season. He made his Vienna Kammeroper debut in September 2018, when he appeared as Prospero in Die Zauberinsel. For his performance in this original pasticcio based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, the Viennese press reported that 'Kristján Jóhannesson as Prospero received the most applause at the end ... his timbre is warm and full-bodied' (Wiener Zeitung) and 'Kristján Jóhannesson let his mighty bass boom with faultless diction' (Der neue Merker).

Further roles in new stagings at the Vienna Kammeroper this season include Posa in a reduced version of Verdi's Don Carlos and Dr Pangloss in Bernstein's Candide. The Icelandic baritone is also engaged to appear on the mainstage of the Theater an der Wien, as Lionel in a new Lotte de Beer production of Tchaikovsky's The Maid of Orleans.

The young artist has already enjoyed success at the Theater an der Wien with roles in no fewer than four productions in 2017/18: after making his house debut as the Second Apprentice in a new Robert Carsen production of Berg's Wozzeck, he went on to appear as Gunther in the Hagen and Brünnhilde parts of Tatjana Gürbaca's adaptation of Wagner's Ring, followed by the role of Starveling in a new Damiano Michieletto production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Last season he also sang the role of the Count in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro as part of the prestigious Angelika Prokopp Sommerakademie run by the Vienna Philharmonic, with appearances in various cities in Austria and at the Vienna Konzerthaus.

In Vienna, Kristján has also worked closely with the Neue Oper Wien, where he made his company debut with the roles of Nauarchos and Brasidas in Krenek’s Pallas Athene weint in October 2016. He returned to the Neue Oper Wien in February 2017 to sing the role of Jan in Panisello’s opera Le Malentendu, in a production that was seen at the Semperdepot in Vienna before touring to Madrid. In the same season, he sang Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for his debut with the Angelika Prokopp Sommerakademie and members of the Vienna Philharmonic at the Vienna Konzerthaus, and in Salzburg and Graz.

Past engagements include Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen at the Icelandic Opera, and numerous concerts at prestigious locations such as the Vienna Musikverein and in various theaters in Italy, Iceland, and the United States. From 2008 until 2013 he was enrolled at the Sigurdur Demetz School of Vocal Arts in Reykjavik and began his career in Iceland with parts including Sir Richard Forth in Bellini’s I Puritani, Sylvan and He in Purcell’s King Arthur, the title role in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Bartolo in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and the Speaker in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He subsequently moved to mainland Europe and completed his studies at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna.

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March 8, 2019

Kristján Jóhannesson and Igor Bakan debut in Die Jungfrau von Orleans at Theater an der Wien

Two of our fantastic artists, baritone Kristján Jóhannesson, and Bass-baritone Igor Bakan are making their role debuts respectively as Lionel and Bertrand in a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Die Jungfrau von Orleans at Theater an der Wien on March 16th!
Conducted by: Oksana Lyniv, Stage Direction by: Lotte de Beer
 
Additional Performances on March 18., 20., 23., 25., 27.,

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December 2, 2017

Baritone Kristján Johannesson debuts as Gunter in the Ring Trilogy at Theater an der Wien

25-Year old baritone Kristjan Johannesson sings the role of Gunter in new adaptation of Wagner’s Ring at Theater an der Wien! Director: Tatjana Gurbaca – Conductor: Constantin Trinks

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