Thorsteinn Árbjörnsson, an Icelandic tenor who graduated from the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music, is this year’s winner of Florida Opera Theatre’s V.O.I.C.Experience Scholarship, which will enable him to continue his vocal studies. Here’s more from Florida Opera Theatre:
Florida Opera Theatre is proud to announce the winner of its 2011 V.O.I.C.Experience Scholarship, Thorsteinn Árbjörnsson. Mr. Árbjörnsson, 28, is a resident of Central Florida and a frequent performer for Florida Opera Theatre. He was born in Eskifjordur, Iceland, and is a graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory where he studied with Salvatore Champagne. He was invited to attend the Music Academy of the West, where he studied with world-famous artists including Marilyn Horne and Warren Jones. He has also been an apprentice artist with the Santa Fe Opera. An outstanding tenor, Mr. Árbjörnsson will use this opportunity to further his music education.
V.O.I.C.Experience is a leading operatic, vocal training and outreach program, enjoying over a decade of quality programs, performance and career development. The scholarship will allow Mr. Árbjörnsson to study at the V.O.I.C.Experience “Sherrill Milnes & Friends” program in Tampa. Sherrill Milnes, long-time baritone with the Metropolitan Opera, will share his experiences, insight and musical knowledge. Many other renowned artists including, Tito Capobianca and Maria Zouves will give master classes, private coaching and audition preparation.
Of Mr. Árbjörnsson’s achievement, Sherrill Milnes has said that he is, “Very pleased to welcome him into the Voicexperience fold. We are pleased that Florida Opera Theatre is supporting Thorsteinn in his endeavors. He is a talented young artist.”
This is the second year that Florida Opera Theatre has presented this scholarship to a promising, young, local singer. Florida Opera Theatre encourages the development and appreciation of singing, performance and production arts.