Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdottir Withdraws from Cardiff Singer of the World

By Francisco Salazar

The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition has announced that Icelandic competitor, Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdottir, has had to withdraw from the competition.

In a statement, the competition said, “Like all our singers Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir has taken and passed repeated COVID Tests but yesterday she received a track and trace notification after flying here from Iceland. We must follow the official guidance which means, unfortunately, that Álfheiður has had to withdraw from the competition.”

As a result, the singer has been invited to perform for the 40th anniversary of the competition in 2023.

The competition also announced an official reserve singer, Claire Barnett-Jones from England, who will compete in tonight’s competition. Barnett-Jones has performed at the Grange Opera Festival, Scottish Opera, and Oper Frankfurt.