Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir



Born in Reykjavík, Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir began her studies at 16 years old with

Sigurður Demetz. She later enroled at the Reykjavík College of Music where she

gratuated in 1998, henceforth furthering her studies at The Guildhall School of music

and Drama in London, where she gratuated with honours in 2001.

Her opera roles include among others Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Fiordiligi in

Cosi fan tutte by W.A. Mozart, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito by W. A. Mozart,

Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss, Voce dal Cielo in Verdi´s Don Carlo

and Giannetta in L´Elisir d´Amore by Donizetti. In 2016 she performed the role of

Stúlka in the premiére of Kristian Blak´s opera Ljós í ljóði in the Norðurlandahúsið in

Tórshavn, and in 2018 she premiered the role of Gilitrutt the troll that was written for

her in the children´s opera Gilitrutt by Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir. Earlier this year she

premiered the role of the Traveler in Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir´s opera Traversing the


She is an avid baroque and oratorio singer and has performed with the Icelandic

Symphony orchestra on numerous occasions, as well as with other orchestras around

the world. She is also an active lieder performer, has focused on contemporary music

and has premiered numerous Icelandic pieces both in Iceland and abroad.

Hallveig won the Icelandic Music Awards as classical singer of the year 2013 for her

role as Michaëla in the Icelandic Opera´s production of Carmen, and again for 2018

for her role as Gilitrutt, and for the concert Klassíkin okkar with the Icelandic

Symphony orchestra. She was nominated again in 2014, for Ein Deutches Requiem by

Brahms, in 2016 for Symphony nr. 3 by Henryk Górecki and in 2020 for a concert of

Mozart arias with the Icelandic Symphony. She has also been nominated twice for

Gríman, the Icelandic theatre awards, as best singer, first for Michaëla and again for

Donna Anna.