An evening with Strauss – Concerts
Egill Árni Pálsson, tenor
Kristinn Örn Kristinsson, pianist
On the program are two song cycles by Richard Strauss. His cycles generally don´t have a narrative and are rarely performed as a whole. But there are ofthen interesting stories behind the songs which give insight into the composer´s life and work. These two cycles contain some of his most celebrated songs.
Egill Árni Pálsson studied at the Singing School in Reykjavik attended private lessons with David L. Jones in New York. After graduation, he moved to Berlin where he studied with Janet Williams and Wolfgang Millgramm. Egill won prizes in the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg and Oper Schloss Laubach competitions. He performed at the Classic Open Air Festival in Berlin with soprano Lucia Aliberti and in Das Lied von Der Erde in Frankfurt (Oder) and Potsdam with the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt. In addition, he sang a leading role in Das Liebesverbot by Richard Wagner, performed in the opera house in Braunschweig, as part of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. In 2006, Egill sang with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in a concert in Iceland. He was the understudy for Kristján Jóhannsson as Cavaradossi in Icelandic opera´s production of Tosca in 2017. Egill performes regularly in opera projects, church concerts and Lied recitals in Iceland and abroad. He teaches at the Singing School in Reykjavik and in 2016 he released the album “Pipeline” a collection of Icelandic songs.
Kristinn Örn studied at the Akureyri Music School and Reykjavik Music School, Southern Illinois University and St. Louis Conservatory of Music in the United States. After graduation, he taught at the Akureyri Music School for eight years, and became director of the Icelandic Suzuki Music School in Reykjavik in 1990. In 1998 Kristinn Örn co-founded the Allegro Suzuki Music School .in Reykjavík He is an accompanist at the Singing School in Reykjavik, performes widely in concerts with various instrumentalists and singers, and has made numerous recordings both on cd and for radio.
Tickets are kr. 3.000, kr. 2.000 for seniors, for students and guests under the age of twenty. Tickets available on tix.is and at the entrance. The concert series Klassík í Vatnsmýrinni (Classics in the moorlands) is organised in collaboration between the Icelandic Soloist Society and the Nordic House, and places great emphasis on Scandinavian and international cooperation.