Benedikt Kristjánsson was born in Húsavík, Iceland. He received his first vocal training from his mother, Margrét Bóasdóttir, at the Reykjavik Academy for Singing when he was 16 and was a member and regular soloist in renowned youth choir »Hamrahlíðarkórinn« led by Thorgerdur Ingolfsdottir. 

Kristjánsson studied with Professor Scot Weir at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and participated in masterclasses with Christa Ludwig, Peter Schreier, Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, Thomas Quasthoff, Andreas Schmidt and Helmut Deutsch. In 2011 he won 1st Prize as well as the Audience Prize of the International Bach Vocal Competition in Greifswald, 2012 followed again the Audience Award at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig.

Soloist engagements led him to Munich, Oslo, Versailles, Zurich, Amsterdam, Antwerpen, and Jerusalem, where he performed the tenor parts especially in Bach’s b minor mass, Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion and the Matthew Passion, as well as in Mozart's Requiem and Handel's Messiah.

He regulary works with ensembles and conductors like the Holland Baroque Society under Reinbert de Leeuw, the Collegium 1704 under Vaclav Luks, the Dresdner Philharmoniker, the Hofkapelle München under Reinhard Goebel, and the Stuttgart Bach Academy under Hans- Christoph Rademann.

In December 2012, Kristjánsson made his debut at Staatsoper Berlin in the title role of Wolfgang Mitterer's opera "Das tapfere Schneiderlein" and later performed the main role in Leos Janacek's "Diary of One Who Disappeared". In October 2014, he debuted at Theater Kiel as Morphé in Lully's "Atys". 

Future engagements  include the role of Acis in Acis and Galathea at the Handel Festival in Halle with the Collegium Marinarum under Jana Semeradova. Furthermore, Kristjánsson will be joining the Gaechinger Cantorey and Hans-Christoph Rademann on a US-tour with J.S. Bach's St. John Passion.

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Repertoire Concert

Bach, C.P.E. Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt
Bach, J.S. Himmelfahrtsoratorium
  Ich Armer Mensch (Tenor-Solo Kantate)
  Johannes-Passion (Evangelist & Arien)
  Lutherische Messen
  Matthäus-Passion (Evangelist & Arien)
  Weihnachtsoratorium (Evangelist & Arien)
Beethoven 9. SInfonie
  C-Dur Messe
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings
  Saint Nicholas
Fux Plaudate Sonat Tuba
Haydn Die Jahreszeiten
  Die Schöpfung
  Stabat mater
Händel Jephtha
  Ode to Queen Anne
Hoffmann, E.T.A. Miserere
Martin, Frank in terra pax
Mendelssohn, F. Elias
Mozart Krönungsmesse
Orff Carmina Burana
Renhardt, Michael Requiem
Schubert As-Dur Messe
  Es-Dur Messe
Schütz, Heinrich Johannes-Passion
  Kleine Geistliche Konzerte
Telemann Der Tod Jesu

Repertoire Opera

Berlioz Les Troyens Iopas
Lully Atys Morphée
Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea Lucano
Mozart Bastien & Bastienne Bastien
  Die Entführung aus dem Serail Belmonte
  Don Giovanni Don Ottavio
Mitterer Das tapfere Schneiderlein Das tapfere Schneiderlein
Offenbach Medames de la Halle Raflafla
Salvatore Sciarrino Lohengrin 1. Tenor
Schubert Die Verschworenen Udolin
Vecchi L'Amfiparnaso 1. Tenor


On tour with Collegium 1704
To start off the new year, Benedikt Kristjánsson will be going on a short journey with renowned ensemble Collegium 1704. Under the baton of chief conductor Václav Luks he can be heard singing rarely performed Baroque works, first on January 27th at the Chapelle Royale de Versailles and next at Vienna’s Konzerthaus (January 28th).



Das tapfere Schneiderlein / Werkstatt der Staatsoper Berlin / 06.03.2015 /

"jugendlich frisch und konstruktiv" 
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