The Icelandic Opera was formally founded in 1980 by a group of young singers and artists. After nearly thirty years performing in an old theatre in downtown Reykjavík, the company moved to Harpa in 2011, where it is one of the main residents. Each season, The Icelandic Opera produces a versatile programme featuring Icelandic talents as well as international guest artists, and it regularly participates in co-productions with local and international festivals and opera companies.
In February 2022, the company will stage a new production of Wagner's Die Walküre, with an international cast featuring Iréne Theorin as Brunnhilde, Ólafur Kjartan Sigurðarson as Wotan, Christophen Ventris as Siegmund, Claire Rutter as Sieglinde, Christa Mayer as Fricka and Kristinn Sigmundsson as Hunding. Iceland Symphony Orchestra's Chief Conductor Eva Ollikainen will conduct the orchestra in a production directed by Julia Burbach, with Tal Rosner as video designer and co-director. This is the first time that the opera has been performed in its entirety in Iceland and the first time since 2002 that a full Wagner opera has been programmed at The Icelandic Opera. The production is a collaborative project of The Icelandic Opera, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Reykjavík Arts Festival and is a co-production with Opéra National de Bordeaux.