Lauri Vasar studied singing at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2002–2007 he was a member of the ensemble at the Landestheater Linz and the Staatsoper Hannover, where he appeared in numerous leading baritone roles.
Within that period he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival with the roles of Pentheus’ Servant in Wellesz’s “Die Bakchantinnen” and Rodrigo in Verdi’s “Don Carlo”, at Teatro Real in Madrid with the role of Al Kasim in Henze’s “L’Upupa” (later also at the opera houses of Lyon and Tokyo). At Teatro Real he also made a guest appearance with the role of the Gaoler (Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites”) and debuted in Athens in the title role of Dallapiccola’s “Il prigioniero”. Roles in the world premiere followed: Minotauros in Henze’s “Phaedra” (2007, Berlin State Opera) and Mefistófeles in Balada’s “Faust/Bal” (2009, Teatro Real Madrid).
Since the season 2009/10 he is the member of the Hamburg State Opera, where his repertoire includes Mozart’s Guglielmo (“Così fan tutte”), Papageno (“Die Zauberflöte”) and Count Almaviva (“Le Nozze di Figaro”), Puccini’s Marcello (“La bohème”), Lescaut (“Manon Lescaut”) and Sharpless (“Madama Butterfly”), Belcore (Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’amore”), Shaklovity (Mussorgsky’s “Khovanshchina”), Yeletsky (Tchaikovsky’s “Queen of Spades”), Escamillo (Bizet’s “Carmen”), as well as the title role in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”. He celebrated a huge success in Amsterdam with the title role in a new production of “Il prigioniero” and returned to Brussels as Schaunard in a new production of “La bohème”. Furthermore, he appeared as Ottokar in Weber’s “Der Freischütz” (dir. Peter Konwitschny) in Barcelona and gave his debut in the title role of Britten’s “Billy Budd” at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, for which he was nominated for the German Theatre Award “The Faust” as the best singer of the year 2011.
The season 2011/12 began with a huge success, rewarding his role debut as Kovalyov in Shostakovich’s “The Nose” under the stage direction of Peter Stein, followed by “Il Prigioniero” under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Also, he sang Wagner’s Wolfram in “Tannhäuser” and Amfortas in “Parsifal” in Budapest (with Adam Fischer). In 2012/13 Lauri Vasar returned to Lyon, to sing Olivier in a new production of Strauss’ “Capriccio” and the title role in “Il Prigioniero” in a production by La Fura dels Baus. At the Royal Opera in London he gave his house debut as Schaunard in “La bohème”. Engagements for the season 2016/17 include among others Olivier (Strauss’ “Capriccio”) in Opéra la Monnaie, Fauré’s Requiem in Konzerthaus Bozen and Auditorium Trient, Wolfram (Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”, Estonian National Opera), Amfortas (Wagner’s “Parsifal”, Staatsoper Berlin and MüPa Budapest) and the title role in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” (Staatsoper Berlin).