Vígþór Sjafnar Zophoníasson
Tenor, Vigthor Zophoniasson, is a genre-adventurous musician and showman who is “charismatic and charming,” has “bravura and unshakable confidence” and an “upper register [that] is flawless” [The Kansas City Star]. Zophoniasson made his professional stage debut in 2012 as El Gallo in Spinning Tree Theatre's, The Fantasticks. Having since shaped a career playing a mix of the villain and the protagonist, Zophoniasson's rich, classical tenor allows him the heightened spin demanded of Valjean's "Bring Him Home," while possessing the deep, dark vocal undercurrents of a Sweeney Todd.
Based out of Lenexa, Kansas, and a member of AGMA and Actors' Equity, the native Icelander has a busy performance schedule while also running his private music studio. Zophoniasson teaches voice, piano, composition, and guitar, in addition to serving as the Director of Traditional Worship at Christ Church Anglican in Overland Park.
Since his professional debut, Zophoniasson has kept a busy performance schedule in the Midwest region. In the summer of 2013, Vigthor debuted at The Great Plains Theatre, once again, as El Gallo, and later that fall with Theater for Young America as Sharktooth in, How I Became a Pirate. Returning to reprise the role of Sharktooth for Christmas 2014 in Jingle Arrgh the Way, Zophoniasson further elongated his pirate life by joining the National Geographic Museum Tour, “Real Pirates” as Peter Cornelius Hoof at the Kansas City Union Station.
In 2014 Zophoniasson sang for the Icelandic President at the 70th Presidential Independence Day Celebration in Reykjavík Cathedral. That same year, he debuted with Springfield Regional Opera as Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville and at Quality Hill Playhouse in Great Duets of Musical Theatre. Zophoniasson is now a regular presence on stage at the Playhouse and has performed in their original review, Christmas in Song, for the past three seasons. Also now a regular with Spinning Tree Theater, since his debut in The Fantasticks, Zophoniasson has returned as Tony in Master Class (2013), Count Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music (2015), and as Guido Contini in Nine (2016).
In 2015, Zophoniasson debuted at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, and at The Old Creamery, clowning, juggling, and walking on stilts as the Ringmaster/Bailey in Barnum. In the spring of 2016, he premiered at the Chestnut Fine Arts Center in Shine On Harvest Moon where he is currently performing in Great Duets.
Since 2011, Zophoniasson has been singing in the chorus of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and has been a core company puppeteer, juggler, and stilt-walker for StoneLion Puppet Theatre. Zophoniasson has performed countless puppet shows with StoneLion and has trained and performed with cabaret marionettes, hand puppets, bunraku, and rod puppets.
Zophoniasson made his directorial debut in 2015 as the drama instructor at St. James Academy. At St. James he directed Bye Bye Birdie and As You Like It. That same year he scored his first professional directing credit with Theater for Young America in Sleepy Hollow. In addition to assistant music directing the musicals at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park for the past five years, Zophoniasson relishes the opportunity to continue to expand his directoring resume.
Zophoniasson received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.