Guja Sandholt

Guja Sandholt


Icelandic mezzo, based in Amsterdam
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Icelandic mezzo Guja Sandholt lives in Amsterdam and performs regularly in the Netherlands and internationally. She enjoys a busy schedule as a soloist and ensemble singer. In 2016, she will also work as the artistic director of a new opera festival in Iceland, Óperudagar í Kópavogi, which will present its first edition from the 1st-5th of June. Recently, she portrayed Popova in William Walton's The Bear at the Cycle Art and Music Festival in Iceland and participated as a resident artist in the Nieuwe Stemmen project at the Operadagen Rotterdam. She appeared as a soloist in the Matthew Passion with Gelders Orkest as well as in a staged version of the Coffee Cantata by Bach at Over het IJ-Festival and the Bach Bubbles at the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam. Guja enjoys the oratorio repertoire immensly and has e.g sung the alto/mezzo parts of the Weihnachtsoratorium, Messiah, Duruflé's Requiem, Beethoven's Mass in C, Dvorak's Stabat Mater and Vivaldi's Gloria. In August 2013 Guja went as a Fellow of the Wagner Scholarship Foundation to Bayreuth to enjoy their annual Fellow program. Together with Heleen Vegter pianist, Guja regularly gives Lied recitals. Prior to moving to the Netherlands in 2010 to study with Jón Þorsteinsson, she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Currently, Guja continues having private lessons with Charlotte Margiono. Among her operatic roles are Nerone and Ottavia (L'incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi); Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck); Volpino (Lo speziale, Haydn); Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito, Mozart) and Zweite Norn (Götterdämmerung-Wagner). Guja has attended masterclasses/private lessons with teachers such as Sarah Walker, Roger Vignoles, Tom Krause, Wolfgang Holzmair, Will Hancox and Angelika Kirschlager. An experienced ensemble singer, she also freelances with Groot Omroepkoor, Cappella Amsterdam, Kammerchor Stuttgart and Kamerkoor Ars Musica from time to time. In 2011-2012, she worked as a secretary to Arvo Pärt and his family in connection with the newly founded IAPC in Estonia.
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