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Signora Langbrok

Sunday Classics -Icelandic Femme Fatale

Þessi viðburður er liðinn

Op -play (not an opera and not a musical…somewhere in between)

The most famous female character of the Icelandic Sagas, Hallgerdur Langbrók, Icelandic “femme fatale”

The show is performed by Elsa Waage. Piano accompaniment by Antonia Hevesi. Assistant Iris Sveinsdóttir

The show focuses on Hallgerdur Langbrók and her visit to Kaldalón Harpa in search of a haven. She has been roaming between earth and heaven for about 1000 years after being shut out in both Hell and Heaven.

Hallgerdur shares her story with the audience. She considers the “Langbrók” ( woolen long johns ) to be the basis of all her misfortunes.

If she hadn´t been constantly itching from those damn woolen pants she would have turned out much more loving and kind, instead of a temperamental, vindictive and quarrelsome “femme fatale”.

She completely falls for the 20th century, the era of the nylon stocking.

She is confident that had she lived then she would have had become a diva such as Callas, Dietrich, Monroe, Piaf, Hepburn, and fellow Icelandic icons Elly Vilhjálms, Maria Markan and others.

These women all had nylon stockings in common!!!!

” Hallgerdur ” is an entertaining narrative that intertwines the story of the Saga legend with the music of these more recent nylon DIVAS. She sings some of their most famous songs, combining both international and Icelandic music.

Duration: approximately one hour with no intermission

Performance in English


Sunday Classics is a new recital series at Harpa presenting top-quality classical chamber music and songs. The recitals take place almost every Sunday at 5pm in one of Harpa´s recital halls, Kaldalón or Norðurljós, or in the open spaces of Harpa.

The programming of Sunday Classics is very versatile and some of Iceland´s best musicians are among the performers. Among this years highlights is a solo piano recital of world known Maria Joao-Pires, taking place on December 11th in Norðurljós. Harpa is also proud to present the series of young and upcoming artists, called „Welcome home“, included in the Sunday Classics program. For anyone looking for top-notch classical music the Sunday Classics will present the best Iceland has to offer.

All dates

  • May 2017
  • 14. May 2017 – Time. 17–18
  • 21. May 2017 – Time. 17–18
  • 28. May 2017 – Time. 17–18