Thor Arbjornsson has been hailed by Opera News as a “perfect fit in the title role [Le Comte Ory]… a sweetly lyrical tenor that never sounded strained, regardless of the vocal gyrations the role demands. This beautiful voice, coupled with his acting prowess, allowed him to give a most engaging depiction.” WQXR| New York’s Classical Music Station wrote that “Most notable…was the Rodrigo of Thor Arbjornsson, whose slim but vibrant tenor comes with a coloratura technique that sounds like the most natural thing in the world. Yes, plenty of high notes are there, and they’re also thrilling.”
Mr. Arbjornsson is establishing himself as a bel canto specialist. He sang the title role in Le Comte Ory with LoftOpera in 2016 to great acclaim. He went on to sing the role of Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Barber of Seville with Boheme Opera NJ in 2017. He returned to LoftOpera in 2017 to sing the role of Rodrigo in Rossini’s Otello, where he again garnered critical praise. He also joined Bel Canto at Caramoor in the summer of 2017, continuing his work with Maestro William Crutchfield.
In 2018, Mr. Arbjornsson will cover Lawrence Brownlee as Arturo in I Puritani with Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Mr. Arbjornsson includes in his repertoire such roles as Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, Comte Ory in Le Comte Ory, Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmelites, Jahlil and Tariq in A Thousand Splendid Suns, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri, Paolino in Il Matrimonio Segreto, Le Matelot in Le Pauvre Matelot, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Alfredo in La Traviata, and Camille in The Merry Widow. He has been a Studio Artist with Sarasota Opera, an Opera Tampa New Artist, and an Apprentice Artist with The Santa Fe Opera and Bel Canto at Caramoor. He was also a Fellow with the Aspen Music Festival and with Music Academy of the West.
Mr. Arbjornsson made his US debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol under Pierre Boulez.
A frequent performer of oratorio and concert repertoire, Mr. Arbjornsson made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015 as a soloist in Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G Major and Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C Major. He also performed in Attila Glatz Concert Productions’ New Year’s Concerts in the US and Canada, and sang in Bach’s Coffee Cantata with Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland and Aspen. He has also made several appearances with Eve Queler and Friends. As a ‘crossover’ artist with flexible talent and broad appeal, Mr. Arbjornsson has performed in the Florida tour of Best of MGM Musicals, lent his voice to Rashaad Newsome’s FIVE, and sung over 200 performances of popular Italian songs, arias, and Broadway songs at Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando.
A native of Iceland, Mr. Arbjornsson began his musical studies at the conservatory of Austur-Herad in Egilsstadir. He came to the US to study with Salvatore Champagne--beginning at the University of Oklahoma, and then completing his degree at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.