Benedikt Kristjánsson

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Benedikt Kristjánsson in the Rudolfinum Prague

Benedikt Kristjánsson (* 1987 in Húsavík / Iceland ) is an Icelandic opera and concert tenor who lives in Germany and performs especially works of baroque music.


He first studied with his mother, at the Academy for Singing and Vocal Art in Reykjavik and at the Reykjavík Music School (Tónlistarskólinn Reykjavík) and worked with the Hamrahlid Choir (Hamrahlíðarkórinn) under the direction of Thorgerdur Ingólfsdóttir (Þorgerður Ingóttir) He then studied at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin and took master classes with Peter Schreier , Christa Ludwig , Robert Holl , Andreas Schmidt and the pianist Helmut Deutsch . In 2011 he won first prize at the international singing competition in Greifswald and in 2012 the audience award at the international Bach competition in Leipzig. He has worked with leading conductors, e.g. B. Jos van Veldhoven , Andreas Spering , Christoph Spering , Václav Luks , Reinhard Goebel and Hans-Christoph Rademann worked together and is at various international festivals, e.g. He has performed at the Stuttgart Music Festival, the Thuringian Bach Weeks , the Handel Festival in Halle , the Ansbach Bach Week and the Old Music Festival (Festival Oude Muziek) in Utrecht.


  • Staatsoper Berlin : Leading role in the children's opera “The brave little tailor” (2012) by Wolfgang Mitterer and in the “ Diary of a Disappeared ” (2014) by Leoš Janáček
  • The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen : Leading role in the district opera "Sehnsucht nach Isfahan" (2015) based on music by Georg Friedrich Händel.
  • Rudolfinum Prague : Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach (2018) with the Kollegium 1704, Nederlands Kamerkoor and Peter Dijkstra (conductor)
  • Thomaskirche Leipzig: St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach (2020). He became internationally known through the performance of the Johannes Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach in the Leipzig Thomaskirche in April 2020 in a modern version Johannes Passion for tenor (alone), harpsichord and percussion based on Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 245 in the musical arrangement by Benedikt Kristjánsson (Tenor), Elina Albach (harpsichord and organ) and Philipp Lamprecht (percussion) based on an idea by Steven Walter / Podium Esslingen.


Web links

Commons : Benedikt Kristjánsson  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Bachverein Cologne (accessed on April 12, 2020)
  2. Leipzig Bach Prize 2012 (accessed on April 12, 2020)
  3. Berlin State Opera (accessed April 12, 2020)
  4. Berlin State Opera Workshop (accessed April 12, 2020)
  5. Documentation "Longing for Isfahan". A film by Felix Wagner and Fabian Fornalski. Retrieved November 28, 2019 .
  6. Gerd Klingeberg: Longing for Isfahan. Retrieved April 28, 2020 .
  7. Program booklet "Longing for Isfahan". The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, 2015, accessed on December 3, 2019 (German).
  8. OPERA - Bachovo Vánoční oratorium (Czech) (accessed April 12, 2020)
  9. Johannes Passion Leipzig (accessed on April 12, 2020)
  10. Podium Esslingen (accessed April 12, 2020) (available until July 9, 2020)
  11. Bachfest Leipzig - Passion despite (t) pandemic (accessed on April 12, 2020)
  12. Bach Cantatas website (accessed April 12, 2020)
  13. A new recording of Handel's first version of Messiah (accessed April 12, 2020)