Following her critically acclaimed performance in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2007 National Council Auditions and the subsequent documentary film The Audition, Ms. Lárusdóttir began an important relationship with the company. In season 2015/2016 Ms. Lárusdóttir covered the title role of William Kentridge's new production of Lulu by Alban Berg, starring Marlis Petersen in the title role and then made her European debut in the same production at Teatro dell ‘Opera di Roma in May 2017. She then returned to Italy for Spoleto Festival dei due Mondi in 2019, performing the title role in the world premiere of Proserpine by Silvia Colasanti.
During the 2019/20 season Ms. Lárusdóttir sang the role of Queen Tye in Phelim McDermott´s remarkable production of Philip Glass´ Akhnaten for which she received notable critical acclaim. Previously she performed various roles at the Met; Giannetta in Donizetti's L'elisir d'Amore, a Flowermaiden in Wagner's Parsifal, Papagena in Mozart ‘s The Magic Flute, Barena in Janacek ‘s Jenufa, First wood sprite in Dvořák’s Rusalka, starring Renée Fleming and Piotr Beczała, Garsenda in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, starring Eva-Maria Westbroek and Marcello Giordani, and Woglinde in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung and Das Rheingold, to name a few. Ms. Lárusdóttir has been involved in number of other productions including Philip Glass’ Satyagraha, Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Strauss’ Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Bellini’s La Sonnambula, Bizet’s Carmen and the Baroque pastiche, The Enchanted Island.
Equally in demand on the concert platform, Ms. Lárusdóttir gave her New York City recital debut in Merkin Concert Hall in 2008 and was praised by The New York Times for “deploying her high, bright, and clear voice with a striking ease and consistency” and her “almost startling dramatic power.” She has also performed in venues such as Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall New York City, Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles just to name a few.
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Described by The New York Times as “reliably breathtaking” and Opera News as having a voice of “bewitching beauty and presence,” Icelandic Grammy Award winning soprano Dísella Lárusdóttir is quickly gaining international attention for being one of the most promising talents of her generation. With her beautiful voice, compelling artistry, charismatic stage presence, and unusual musical stylistic versatility, Ms. Lárusdóttir is successfully redefining what it means to be an opera singer today.