Faculty News: Olafsdottir Featured in Newly-Released Opera Recording


SLU-Madrid Voice Professor Gudrun Olafsdottir performs the aria, Herra, þekkið þér ei ást? (My Lord, do You not know love?) in a recently-released recording of the Icelandic opera, Ragnheiður. In the role of the maid Ingibjörg, Gudrun sings to the Bishop of Iceland, Brynjólfur Sveinsson. She is holding the child she had illicitly with her lover, the priest Sigurður Torfason, Dean of Skálholt Cathedral, whom she believes will return to her as he had promised. The scene takes place in Skálholt, Iceland on April, 20, 1662. The libretto of the opera is based on historic events from 17th century Iceland.  

Ragnheiður was staged in 2014, selling out 11 performances at Harpa Auditorium in Reykjavík. With more than 15,000 people in attendance, the opera stands as one of the most successful performances in the history of the Icelandic Opera.

Music: Gunnar Thordarson. Libretto: Friðrik Erlingsson. Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Petri Sakari. Stage Director: Stefán Baldursson.

The recording of the aria was recently released by the National Broadcast Service in Iceland. A CD recording of the full opera is available online.


English translation of the lyrics to Herra, þekkið þér ei ást

My Lord, do you not know love?
Suffering and happiness in one?
Your frail servant
I love more than myself.

Soon he'll come and fetch me,
just you wait; for in my heart I know
he won't go back on his word
for he loves me dearly.

Loves me;
those words have kept me alive.

(to the child)

The brightest future awaits you
when daddy returns home.

July 7, 2017
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