Maybe Iceland’s the new Finland

Maybe Iceland’s the new Finland


norman lebrecht

September 17, 2019

Baritone Johánn Kristinsson has won the Stella Maris singing competition with a prize of 15,000 Euros.

Iceland’s starting to look like the new Finland.

Johánn is presently in the cast of the Hamburg State Opera.



  • Larry W says:

    With a population of only 340,000, Iceland produces more creative people per capita than any country in the world–popular and classical musicians, artists, authors, sculptors and more. It comes from a “why not?” attitude that doesn’t set limits to possibilities.

  • Robert von Bahr says:

    It is Jóhann in Icelandic.

  • The composer himself says:

    Is in love with Iceland!