The masterpiece and cycle of Kafka Fragments by György Kurtág is based on prose texts from Franz Kafka’s diaries and from posthumously published letters and stories. The texts, which range from quick jottings to sketches for stories, permit a large variety of musical settings.
Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir, soprano, studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and Hanns Eisler HfM in Berlin. She was engaged at the International Opera Studio in Zurich 2011-12 and as a soloist at the Saarland State Theatre in Saarbrücken 2013-18. Herdís has taken part in many opera productions and received great praise for her roles. She received Gríman – Icelandic Performing Arts Awards, for her role as Violetta in the Icelandic Opera´s La Traviata production last year.
Elfa Rún Kristindóttir studied violin at the Freiburg and Leipzig conservatories. As a soloist and chamber musician, she performs throughout the world in renowned concert halls and festivals. As first violin, she performs with ensembles such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin or the Concerto Köln.
György Kurtág (b. 1926) is the best known worldwide and most frequently played living Hungarian composer.