The Icelandic tenor Sven Hjörleifsson is currently a member of the Ensemble in The Leipzig Opera, among his roles season 18/19 are the Hexe (Hänsel und Gretel), Tenor (Magnificat), Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer), Wenzel (Die verkaufte Braut), Remendado (Carmen), Pong (Turandot), Froh in (Das Rheingold), Erster Geharnischter (Die Zauberflöte), Junger Diener (Elektra), Prinz Adelaar in (Schneewittchen).
After his guest appearance as Ferrando (Così fan tutte) at the Landestheater Linz in 2011/12, Sven was offered a full-time position in the opera ensemble there. In Linz he sang the following roles: Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), The Fried Swan (Carmina Burana), Alfred/Dr. Blind (Die Fledermaus), Count de Rosillon (The Merry Widow), Jamil (The Arabische Prinzessin), Sorceress/Spirit/Sailor (Dido and Aeneas), Boni (Die Csárdásfürstin), Sigismund (Im Weissen Rössl), Ulrich (Harmony der Welt).
Sven has frequently taken part in various world premiers, among them Armstrong in Moritz Eggert´s (Terra Nova). In 2017 he sang the role of “Knappe” at the Wiener Festwochen and Berliner Festtagen in (Mondparsifal ALPHA 1-8 (Erzmutterz Der Abwehrz)) world premiere of a reinterpretation of Richard Wagner's “Parsifal" by the Austrian composer Bernhard Lang. Also 2017 he took part in the world premier of Bruno Strobl´s (Hemma) as Wilhelm Hartwig/Erzbischof. During the opera festival (Alf laila wa laila 2011) he sang the world premieres of three operas for the Sirene Oper Theater in Vienna.
Other important roles and appearances include: Der Erzähler (Paradise und Die Peri) at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Schubert's Mass in F in the Wiener Musikverein with the Wiener Akademie, Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) Vorarlberg Landestheater, Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) at the Festival at Semmering, Itulbo (Il pirata) for the Opera in St. Moritz, tenorarias (Matthäus Passion) with the Bach Choir Hannover and the tenor (Elijah) with the Sinfonia Christ König in Linz. Recital performances of (Die Schöne Müllerin) and (Dichterliebe) he made in Linz and Vienna. Rodolfo (La Bohème) with “opera rund um” at various locations around the city of Vienna. At the Grand opening of the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik in 2011, he sang the tenor solo in Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, followed by several concerts with the same orchestra, including Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), (Roméo et Juliette) by Hector Berlioz and Jesus in Beethoven´s (Christus am Ölberg).
Sven received his musical education in Reykjavik and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He gave his operatic debut as Ferrando (Così fan tutte) with the Opera Studio of the Icelandic State Opera in 2008. Over the course of his studies he also performend the roles of Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), and Lensky (Eugene Onegin), among others.