Mezzo-soprano Kai Rüütel on the stage of Estonian National Opera!
So far, Rüütel’s international career has been remarkable. She has been engaged at Royal Opera House, Dutch National Opera, Teatro Real, Vlaamse Opera, Gran Teatro del Liceu, Scottish Opera, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, and Dallas Opera. A consummate singer and actress, she has collaborated with directors such as Robert Carsen, Laurent Pelly, Keith Warner and Calixto Beito.
Recent concert and recital performances include her Estonian recital debut, accompanied by Roger Vignoles, her US debut with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra singing Mozart’s Requiem; a hugely acclaimed debut performance of Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius” for The Three Choirs Festival; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Residentie Orchestra of the Netherlands; Mahler “Rückert Lieder” at the Cadogan Hall; Beethoven Mass in C with City of Birmingham Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras, Zemlinsky’s “Sechz Gasange” at Philharmonie Berlin; gala concerts in Latvia, the Czech Republic and with the RTE Orchestra and John Wilson; and Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Stars Opera gala at Birgitta Festival (2018).
“Carmen” premiered at the Estonian National Opera on May 26, 2011. The opera is staged by Walter Sutcliffe (England), designer is Liina Keevallik, lighting-designer Maldar-Mikk Kuusk and choreographer Claudia Lenaerts (Ševtšenko). Starring Kai Rüütel (Carmen), Luc Robert (Don José), Elena Bražnik (Micaëla), Jassi Zahharov (Escamillo), Olga Zaitseva (Frasquita), Kristel Pärtna (Mercedes) jt. Conductor Jüri Alperten.