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Lauri Vasar

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Estonian bass baritone Lauri Vasar studied at the Tallinn Music Academy and completed his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

 

Important guest engagements have taken the internationally successful artist among other places to the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Berlin State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, Budapest, Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna, Frankfurt, Tokyo and London.

 

Among the milestones of his career are house debut at the Zurich Opera in the leading role of Shostakovich’s Die Nase, the title role in Il prigioniero in London, Wolfram/Tannhäuser and Amfortas/Parsifal at the Budapest Wagner Days. As Olivier in Capriccio he could be heard in Lyon, Brussels and at the Opéra National de Paris. He was nominated for the Faust Prize for his performance of Billy Budd at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. He made his debut as Schaunard/La Bohème at the Royal Opera House in London. At the Staatsoper Berlin he embodied the title hero in the new production of Le nozze di Figaro and had a sensational success as Amfortas under Daniel Barenboim in 2017. In Reimann’s Lear, in which he already had great success at the Hamburg State Opera under Simone Young and the Opéra National de Paris under Fabio Luisi, he enchanted audiences and the press alike at the Salzburg Festival 2017 with Franz Welser-Möst at the podium of the Vienna Philharmonic. In the 2017/18 season he appeared in Lyon in the War Requiem and with his role debut as Tschang-Ling in Zemlinsky’s Der Kreidekreis. He embodied Amfortas with great success at the Berliner Festtage 2018 and at the Zurich Opera House. In June 2018 he appeared as Roland in Schubert’s Fierrabras at Milan’s Scala. In autumn 2018 he sang in Berlin in a revival of Le Nozze di Figaro and in spring 2019 in two new productions of Die Zauberflöte and Betrothal in a Monastery.

 

In June 2019 the singer made his role debut as Gunther in Götterdämmerung at the Budapest Wagner Festival.

 

Recent projects include: Taichung Götterdämmerung, Paris Lear-Rheingold-Boris Godunov, Berlin State Opera Betrothal in a Monastery and Die Zauberflöte, Tallinn Tannhäuser.

 

His repertoire also includes Shaklovity/Chowanschtschina, Marcello/La Bohème, Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Belcore/L’Elisir d_Amore, ll Conte di Almaviva/Le nozze di Figaro, Yeletski/Pique Dame, Escamillo/Carmen, Lescaut/Manon Lescaut, Sharpless/Madama Butterfly, Forester/The Cunning Little Vixen as well as the title roles in Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin.

 

Lauri Vasar has worked under the baton of Bertrand de Billy, Marc Albrecht, Sebastian Weigle, Michael Boder, Kirill Petrenko, Fabio Luisi, Jesús López-Cobos, Adam Fischer, Peter Schneider, Valery Gergiev, Simone Young and Daniel Baremboim. He collaborated with stage directors such as Robert Carsen, Stefan Herheim, Jürgen Flimm, Calixto Bieto, Christopher Alden, Peter Stein, Christoph Loy, Álex Ollé and Vincent Boussard.

January 2021  – For the most recent biography please contact Ms. Katharina Nußbaum