Oliver Kuusik

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Oliver Kuusik studied singing at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (2000–2003 with Virgilius Noreika) and at London Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Studio (with Rudolf Piernay). He received his Master’s degree in 2006. He is the soloist of the Estonian National Opera since 2008. Kuusik’s repertoire includes Faust (Gounod’s “Faust”), Nemorino (Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore”), August (T. Kõrvits’ “Butterfly”), Don Ramiro (“La Cenerentola” by Rossini), Christian (Tamberg’s “Cyrano de Bergerac”), Händel’s Sesto (“Julius Caesar”) and Goffredo (“Rinaldo”), Wagner’s Walther (“Tannhäuser”) and Steersman (“Der fliegende Holländer”), Charles (Hindemith’s “The Long Christmas Dinner”), Puccini’s Rinuccio (“Gianni Schicchi”), Mozart’s Don Ottavio (“Don Giovanni”), Tamino (“Die Zauberflöte”), Ferrando (“Così fan tutte” and Basilio (“Le nozze di Figaro”), as well as Peter Quint and Prologue (Britten’s “Turn of the Screw”), Alfred (Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus”), Freddy (Loewe’s “My Fair Lady”), etc. Oliver Kuusik has won the 1st prize at the competition Young Singer (2002) in Estonia and at the Hendrik Krumm Competition in 2006, the 2nd prize at the Tiit Kuusik Competition (2001), 3rd prize and the Kremling’s special prize for the best interpretation of German vocal music at the 5th Klaudia Taev International Competition for Young Opera Singers (2007). He has also won The Marje and Kuldar Sink “Young Musician Prize” 2005 and the SEB Audience Award (2011, 2015). Oliver Kuusik has worked with other theatre companies, such as Clonter Opera Company and European Opera Center Trust in Great Britain, and performed as an oratorio and chamber singer all over Europe.

Oliver Kuusik has won the 1st prize at the competition Young Singer (2002) in Estonia and at the Hendrik Krumm Competition in 2006, the 2nd prize at the Tiit Kuusik Competition (2001), 3rd prize and the Kremling’s special prize for the best interpretation of German vocal music at The 5th Klaudia Taev International Competition for Young Opera Singers (2007). He has also won The Marje and Kuldar Sink “Young Musician Prize” 2005. In 2008 he received the annual Estonian Theatre Award for his singing of Peter Quint and Prologue in Britten’s “Turn of the Screw”. In 2010 Oliver Kuusik was chosen as a laureate of the international competition of opera singers “Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques” (Canada). In the same year he was awarded with the Chrystal Shoe Award for progress in vocal and acting skills and for his roles in Mozart’s “Così fan tutte”, Massenet’s “Thaïs” and Donizetti’s “Poliuto”. In 2011 he was given the SEB audience award.

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