Heli Veskus

“No less impressive was his Amelia, Heli Veskus, who sported a large vibrant voice with real spinto character and still able to spin a beautiful inward pianissimo.”

Heli Veskus studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and at the Sibelius Academy. The Estonian soprano was finalist of the Con Brio vocal competition and has won several awards, like the Harjumaa Theatre Prize, the annual Estonian Theatre Award 2004 and the Georg Ots Prize in 2008. In 2005 she became scholarship holder of the Estonian Richard Wagner Society.

Since her debut as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) in 1999, she is principal soloist of the Estonian National Opera and sang there amongst others Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Agathe (Der Freischütz), Helmwige (Die Walküre), Micaela (Carmen), Mimì (La Bohème), Tatyana (Eugen Onegin), Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Antonia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Desdemona (Otello), as well as Isolde (Tristan und Isolde), Elisabeth/Venus (Tannhäuser), Leonora (Il trovatore), Grose (The Turn of the Screw), The Lady (Cardillac) and the title roles in Jüri Reinvere’s opera The Purge, Manon Lescaut and Tosca. In 2016 Heli Veskus debuted with great success as Aida. In season 2016/17 she also can be heard as Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro) and with her debut as Senta in a new production of Der Fliegende Holländer in Tallinn.

With her exceptional and colourful voice she is now on her way to an international career. She is guested with Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at the opening of the 20th Beethoven-Easter-Festival in Warsaw. Further highlights of her concert appearances include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Max Bruch’s Moses, Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder, Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder and Dvorak’s Requiem. But she also passionately devotes herself to Lied Recitals.

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