Obituary: Tenor Jón Þorsteinsson Dies at 73

By Francisco Salazar

On May 4, Icelandic tenor Jón Þorsteinsson died at the age of 73.

Born on Oct. 11, 1951, the tenor began studying music as a flutist and pianist. However, he did not seek a musical career at first and studied nursing in Nowary. During his second year, he was discovered by Aase Solbakken and was urged to begin taking singing lessons.

Þorsteinsson went on to study at the Det Jydske Conservatory and later moved to Modena to continue studying. He began his career as a choir member of the Dutch Opera Studio and then went on to become a top soloist with the company where he performed 40 roles.

He also performed in Germany, Iceland, Denmark, America, Belgium,  and the Netherlands.

In 2008, he became a professor at the Utrecht Conservatory of Music and also lectured for the Jetter Parker Young Artists program at the Royal Opera House.