Riina Airenne has studied choral conducting at the Tallinn State Conservatory (1979 – 1984) in the class of A. Üleoja, and singing in the class of professor I. Kuusk (1984 – 1989). She has continued her studies with Professor Shen Xiang, Ly Yinwei, Eva Plahova, Marga Schiml, Ludmilla Braun and many others. In 1992 she was the grantee of Wagner’s Society. She received the annual Music Theatre Prize for the title role in Bizet’s opera Carmen (1998). In addition to that, she has received the Harju County Government Cultural Prize (1999) and the prize of Georg Ots (2001).
Riina Airenne is a soloist in the Estonian National Opera since 1989 and a teacher at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre since 1992.
She has sung over 40 roles in the Estonian National Opera, has performed as an opera singer, concert soloist and the performer of grand forms. Her repertory includes: Giannetta (Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, Helena (Boito’s Mefistofele), Countess (Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro), Barbara (Tubin’s Barbara von Tisenhusen), Annina and Flora (Verdi’s La traviata), Javotte (Massenet’s Manon), Eboli (Verdi’s Don Carlo), Cherubino (Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro), Fenena (Verdi’s Nabucco), Carmen (Bizet’s Carmen), Suzuki and Kate (Puccini’s Madama Butterfly), Princess (Dargomizhsky’s Rusalka), Giovanna (Verdi’s Ernani), Amneris (Verdi’s Aida), Countess (Tšaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades), Emilia (Verdi’s Othello), Lucia (Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana), Tisbe (Rossini’s La Cenerentola), The Witch (hit show Pippi and Winnie the Pooh in Estonia), Muse-Nicklaus (Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Roberta Gómez Dawson (Vihmand’s The Formula of Love), Ulrica (Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera), etc.