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Arne Mikk has been engaged at the Estonian National Opera since 1952. First as a chorus singer (1952–1955 and 1961–1963), then as a dramaturg (1963–1966), an assistant to the stage director (1966–1970), a stage director (since 1970), a producer (1977–1994), an artistic director (2002–2004), a counsellor to the general manager (2004–2016) and the Chairman of the Board of the Estonian National Opera since 2016. He has simultaneously taught at the Opera Studio of the Estonian Academy of Music in (1969–2005). He has staged over sixty musical works and been a guest stage director at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, in Moscow Chamber Opera Theatre, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, in Schwerin, Krasnoyarsk, Tampere, Lahti, Helsinki and Turku. His most important works include Verdi’s La traviata (1974), Attila (1976), Luisa Miller (1981), Nabucco (1996), Rigoletto (1989, with N. Putilin and J. Mazurok in the title roles), Macbeth (2000), Aida (2007, with K. Tiihonen and M. Tarassova in the title roles) and Un ballo in maschera (2009), Mozart’s Don Giovanni (1975; Lahti, 1989), Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (1980, original version with J. Nesterenko in the title role; 1983 D. Shostakovitch’s version), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (1985 and 1997, with D. Hvorostovsky and V. Galuzin in the title role), Iolanta (1990) and The Queen of Spades (2004, with A. Antonenko and I. Galante in the leading roles), Tubin’s The Parson of Reigi (1988) and Barbara von Tisenhusen (1990), Handel’s Alcina (1985), Puccini’s La bohème (1993 and 1996), etc. In 2014 he staged Hindemith’s short opera The Long Christmas Dinner to celebrate his 80th birthday. Arne Mikk has been awarded with many prestigious awards: the IIIrd class Order of the White Star (2001), Father of the year title (2002), the Finnish „Suomen Leijonan Ritarikunnan I luokan ritarimerkki“ (2003), Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity (2004), Estonian National Culture Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), the Annual Estonian Theatre Award (2015) for captivating ensemble work in Paul Hindemith’s opera “The Long Christmas Dinner” and the Aadu Luukas Mission Prize (2015) for his committed work at the Estonian National Opera and as the Chairman of the Estonia Society.