Rauno Elp


Rauno Elp is the soloist of the Estonian National Opera since 1992. He is a sought-after artist, whose repertoire includes various baritone roles both from Estonian and international opera composers. Elp’s high-level vocal technique allows him to sing various roles from Mozart to Wagner. His repertoire includes Mozart roles, such as Don Giovanni (“Don Giovanni”), Count Almaviva (“Le nozze di Figaro”) and Guglielmo (“Così fan tutte”), Dulcamara and Belcore (Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore”), Verdi’s Rigoletto (“Rigoletto”), Renato (“Un ballo in maschera”), Germont (“La traviata”), Rodrigo (“Don Carlo”), Iago (“Otello”) and Amonasro (“Aida”); the title role in Hindemith’s “Cardillac”, Grigory Gryaznoy (Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride”), Don Magnifico (Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”), Valentin (Gounod’s “Faust”), Argante (Händel’s “Rinaldo”), Yeletsky (Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades”), Puccini’s Jack Rance (“La fanciulla del West”, stage director José Cura), Lescaut (“Manon Lescaut”), Scarpia (“Tosca”), Marcello (“La bohème”), Wagner’s Holländer (“Der fliegende Holländer”), Amfortas (“Parsifal”), Kurwenal (“Tristan und Isolde”) and Wolfram (“Tannhäuser”), Roderick (Hindemith’s “The Long Christmas Dinner”), Weps (Zeller’s “The Bird Seller”) etc. The most important roles from Estonian operas are Cyrano (Tamberg’s “Cyrano de Bergerac”), Father Kaarel (Puur’s “The Colours of Clouds”), Wallenberg (Tüür’s “Wallenberg”), Doctor (Kangro’s “Heart”), Theodor/Hamlet (T. Kõrvits’ “Butterfly”) and Jürgen (Tubin’s “Barbara von Tisenhusen”). He has also sung at concert performances of operas: Sir Riccardo Forth (Bellini’s “I puritani”), Wilhelm Tell (Rossini’s “Wilhelm Tell”), Zurga (“Les pêcheurs de perles” by Bizet) and participated in the performances of large scale works, such as “Des Jona Sendung” by R. Tobias, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Brahms, “Über Liebe und Hass” by Gubaidulina, “Kullervo” by Sibelius etc. In 2007 he won the scholarship of the Estonian Richard Wagner Society, in 2016 he won the Annual Estonian Theatre Award for the powerful and convincing interpretation of the title role in Hindemith’s opera “Cardillac” and in 2019 the SEB Audience Award.

Coming soon