Got a Grammy but missed it completely

Guðbjörnsson only found out that he got the Grammy awards …

Guðbjörnsson only found out that he got the Grammy awards in 2003.Árni Sæberg

“I hadn’t heard anything about this, ever, and was undeniably surprised. It’s hilarious, of course. I’m clearly a singer with an attention deficit disorder, and this is obvious proof of that,” says the Icelandic opera singer Gunnar Guðbjörnsson.

Guðbjörnsson discovered by chance the other day that a recording of Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser in which he participated in the early 2000s was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in 2003. It featured Gunnar singing the role of Walther von der Vogelweide. The recording was made for Teldec, the recording of which is currently owned by Warner Music Group, and Gunnar says that the recording is available under that label.


“I would have liked to have known about this 20 years ago. Then I was fully involved in the business and marketing yourself,” says Gunnar, who found about this prestigious award when he was browsing online. The Grammy Awards are one of the greatest awards musicians can get in the business.

During those years, Guðbjörnsson was a permanent employee of the Berlin State Opera and was in great form at the time of this recording. “Yeah, I guess you could say it’s one of the tops of my career. These Berlin years were great. Those were my big years in the business and I’m very grateful to have been there.”


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