Ain Anger studied singing at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (1992–1996) with Ivo Kuusk, Virgilijus Noreika and Matti Pelo. In 1993–2001 Anger sang at the Estonian National Opera and in 2001–2004 he was the soloist of the Leipzig Opera. Ain Anger joined the ensemble of Vienna State Opera in 2004, but he is also a frequent guest at major opera houses and concert halls around the world. He performs regularly in Berlin, Munich, Milano, Paris, Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, etc. He has also sung at opera festivals in Bayreuth, Helsinki, Bergen, Luzern, Savonlinna, etc. He made his US debut in 2002 with the title part in Shchedrin’s “The Enchanted Wanderer” together with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (cond. Lorin Maazel). In the season 2012/13 he made his debut at Milano La Scala as Daland in “Der fliegende Holländer” (conductor Hartmut Haenchen) and Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu (conductor Josep Pons). Besides his roles in Vienna State Opera, he also sang at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (conductor Ulf Shirmer), Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (conductor Kent Nagano), Oper Frankfurt (conductor Sebastian Weigle), Nederlandse Opera (conductor Marc Albrecht), Paris Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi) and Tokyo Opera Nomori. Ain Anger has an extensive opera and concert repertoire. At the Vienna State Opera he has sung more than 40 roles, including Philippe II and Grand Inquisitor (Verdi’s “Don Carlos”), Sarastro (Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”), Gremin (Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”), Pimen (Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov”) and Fiesco (Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra”), Wagner’s Pogner (“Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”), Daland (“Der fliegende Holländer”), King Heinrich (“Lohengrin”), Hermann (“Tannhäuser”), Hunding (“Die Walküre”), Titurel (“Parsifal”) among others.
Recent role debuts as Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Hagen (“Götterdämmerung”) at the Canadian Opera Company garnered universal acclaim. The current season features returns to Wiener Staatsoper as Dosifei under Michael Güttler, Bayerische Staatsoper as Fafner and Hunding under Kirill Petrenko, Deutsche Opera Berlin as Koenig Heinrich under Donald Runnicles, and to Opéra national de Paris as Pimen under Vladimir Jurowski. Ain also makes his house debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago in the new David Poutney production of “Die Walküre” under Sir Andrew Davis.
His concert repertoire in the past few seasons has included Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” (conductor Michael Tilson Thomas) and Verdi’s “Requiem” (conductor James Conlon) with San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Strauss’ “Elektra” (The Philadelphia Orchestra, conductor Charles Dutoit), Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (conductor Mariss Jansons) and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (conductor Paavo Järvi). Ain Anger has also performed with the symphony orchestras of New York, Cleveland, Saint Louis, Stockholm and Tokyo, and worked with many renowned conductors, such as Lorin Maazel, Christian Thielemann, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Franz Welser-Möst. In 2013 Ain Anger won the Annual Estonian Theatre Award and the President of the Estonian Republic awarded him with the 3rd Class Order of the White Star. On 12 June 2020, Estonian bass Ain Anger was awarded the honorary title of Kammersänger by the government of Austria as the first Estonian. The title of Kammersänger is the highest recognition awarded by Austrian and German governments.