Heli Veskus


Heli Veskus graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music (teacher L. Dombrovska-Keis) in 1997 and from the Sibelius Academy (teacher A. Välkki-Aro) in 2010. In 1998, Heli Veskus was the finalist of Con Brio competition. She debuted at the Estonian National Opera as Donna Elvira (Mozart’s Don Giovanni) in 1999. Since 2001 she is the soloist of the Estonian National Opera. Her wide repertoire includes the leading roles in classical operettas as well as the heroines in the operas of Mozart and Wagner: Senta (“Der fliegende Holländer”), Isolde (Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”), Elisabeth and Venus (Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”), the title roles in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” and “Tosca” as well as Mimì (“La bohème”) and Minnie (“La fanciulla del West”, stage dir. José Cura), Verdi’s Aida (“Aida”), Desdemona (“Otello”), Leonora (“Il trovatore”) and Amelia (“Un ballo in maschera”), Tatyana (Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”), Barbara (Tubin’s “Barbara von Tisenhusen”), The Lady (Hindemith’s “Cardillac”), Mozart’s Fiordiligi (“Così fan tutte”) and Countess Almaviva (“Le nozze di Figaro”), Agathe (“Der Freischütz” by Weber), Micaëla (Bizet’s “Carmen”); Nedda (Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci”), Antonia (Offenbach’s “Les contes d’Hoffmann”), Farmer’s daughter (“Die Kluge” by Orff), Wally (Catalani’s “La Wally”, concert performance), Helmwige (Wagner’s “Die Walküre”, Finnish National Opera), Old Aliide (Reinvere’s “Purge”, Finnish National Opera), Grose (Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw”), Domna Saburova (Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride”), Grose (Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw”), Hanna Glawari (Lehár’s “Die lustige Witwe”), Franziska Cagliari and Countess Gabriele Zedlau (Strauss’ “Wiener Blut”), Rosalinde (“Die Fledermaus” by J. Strauss), etc. In 2003, Heli Veskus received the Harjumaa Theatre Prize, in 2004 the Estonian Theatre Award for the title role in Tubin’s “Barbara von Tisenhusen”, in 2008 the Georg Ots Prize, in 2016 the SEB Audience Award and in 2017 the Annual Estonian Theatre Award for the psychological and musically detailed interpretations of Aida and Senta in Verdi’s “Aida” and Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman”. She is also the winner of the scholarship of the Estonian Richard Wagner Society (2005).

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