Ain Anger

b. June 17, 1971 Kihelkonna, Saaremaa

Ain Anger is an internationally recognized bass, valued especially in terms of his opera roles. Since 2001, he has been living and working in Germany and Austria.

In 1990–1992, Ain Anger studied physics at the Tallinn Pedagogical University, and in 1992–1996 singing at the Estonian Academy of Music with Ivo Kuusk, Virgilijus Noreika and Matti Pelo. Additionally, he has attended master courses by André Orlowitz in Denmark, Nicolas Christou in Belgium, Matti Lehtinen in Finland, Hans Georg Ahrens in Germany and Sena Jurinac in Austria.

In 1993–2001, Anger worked at the Estonian National Opera, starting as a singer in opera choir, and becaming a soloist in 1996. In the years 2001–2004, Anger was a soloist at the Leipzig Opera, and since the season 2004/2005, he is ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera, where he made his debute in G. Verdi’s Rigoletto in 2004. Guest engagements have taken him to opera stages in Paris (Opéra national de Paris), Berlin (Deutsche Oper), Montpellier (Opera de Montpellier) and elsewhere. In 2002, he made his successful debut in USA, singing the title role of Rodion Schedrin’s The Enchanted Wanderer at its world premiere in Avery Fisher Hall, New York.
He has made performances at numerous festivals, including the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland, Bergen Festival in Norwegen, Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, Leigo Lake Music concerts, Birgitta festival and Saaremaa Opera Days in Estonia. In 2009, he sung at the Munich Opera and Bayreuth Festival in Germany. He has performed with Cleveland, Saint Louis, Stockholm and Tokyo symphony orchestras, under the baton of such conductors as Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marc Minkowski and others.

Besides a number of various opera roles, his concert repertoire includes a wide range of songs by Estonian, Finnish and Russian composers, as well as vocal works by Jacques Ibert, Hugo Wolf, Franz Schubert, Carl Loewe, Gioachino Rossini and others. He has sung solo parts in requiems by W. A. Mozart, A. Dvorák, and G. Verdi, and solo parts in J. S. Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions. Next to classical opera roles, he has sung in Estonian contemporary operas, including the role of Poet in Eino Tamberg’s Cyrano de Bergerac, and the role of Prince in Raimo Kangro’s opera The Heart (2002). In 2008, Anger appeared in concert series Lied Bühne in Vienna, where he gave the world premiere to Three Songs on Indrek Hirv’s Poetry, written especially for him by Ülo Krigul.

Ain Anger has won the 2nd Prize at the Tiit Kuusik Singing Contest in 1997, and a scholarship at the Fourth International Mirjam Helin Singing Competition in 1999. In 2000, he won the 1st Prize at the International Singing Competition Amber Sea Voices in Jurmala, Latvia. In 2013, he was awarded the Annual Prize of the Estonian Theatre Union for his role of Mefisto in Charles Gounod’s opera Faust at the Estonian National opera. In 2014 Anger was given Cultural Prize of the Republic of Estonia and Estonian Theatre Union's Georg Ots prize.

Selection of Ain Anger's opera roles:

Poet (Eino Tamberg Cyrano de Bergerac)
Prince (Raimo Kangro The Heart)
Angelotti (Giacomo Puccini Tosca)
Colline (Puccini La Bohéme)
Montenore and Sparafucile (Giuseppe Verdi Rigoletto)
Pistola (Verdi Falstaff)
Zaccharia (Verdi Nabucco)
Filippo (Verdi Don Carlos)
Banquo (Verdi Macbeth)
Ramfis (Verdi Aida)
Padre Guardiano (Verdi La forza del destino)
Zuniga (Georges Bizet Carmen)
Leporello and Komtuur (W. A. Mozart Don Giovanni)
Bartolo (Mozart Le nozze di Figaro)
Sarastro (Mozart Die Zauberflöte)
Bartolo and Basilio (Gioachino Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Melcthal (Rossini Guillaume Tell)
Varlaam and Pimen (Modest Mussorgski Boris Godunov)
Gremin (Pyotr Tchaikovsky Eugen Onegin)
Crespel (Jacques Offenbach Les contes d´Hoffmann)
Panthée (Hector Berlioz Les Troyens)
Brandner (Berlioz La Damnation de Faust)
Fafner (Richard Wagner Das Rheingold)
Titurel (Wagner Parsifal)
Fafner (Wagner Siegfried)
Hunding (Wagner Die Walküre)
Daland (Wagner Der fliegende Holländer)
Pogner (Wagner Meistersinger)
König Heinrich (Wagner Lohengrin)
Landgraf (Wagner Tannhäuser)
Krahv Des Grieux (Jules Massenet’ Manon)
Balthasar (Gaetano Donizetti La Favorite)
Orest (Richard Strauss Elektra)

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