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Ain Anger(Bass)

Estonian bass Ain Anger is a regular presence on the world’s most celebrated operatic and concert stages and was honoured as Kammersänger by the Austrian government in 2020. Since his 2004 house debut at Wiener Staatsoper as Monterone (Rigoletto), Anger has sung more than forty roles on that same stage including Dosifei in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina conducted by Semyon Bychkov, König Heinrich in Lohengrin with Christian Thielemann,

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Commendatore in Barrie Kosky’s Don Giovanni under Philippe Jordan and several principle roles of the Verdi repertoire including Filippo II and Il Grande Inquisitore (Don Carlo), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Fiesco (Simone Boccanegra) and Sparafucile (Rigoletto).

Among Ain Anger’s 2023/24 season commitments are his return to both Teatro alla Scala as Fiesco (Simone Boccanegra) and Il grande Inquisitore (Don Carlo) conducted by Lorenzo Viotti and Riccardo Chailly respectively and to Bayerische Staatsoper as Landgraf (Tannhäuser) under Sebastian Weigle and Daland (Der fliegende Holländer) with Lothar Koenigs. He returns to Wiener Staatsoper as Gremin (Eugene Onegin) and in concert, he will join Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Jaap Van Zweden, for performances of Der Fliegende Holländer.

Ranked among today’s finest Wagnerian basses, Ain Anger made his Bayreuth Festival debut as Fafner in Das Rheingold and Siegfried under Christian Thielemann, and his debut at Teatro alla Scala as Daland (Der fliegende Holländer) under Hartmut Haenchen. As Hunding, he has appeared in new Ring Cycles at Bayerische Staatsoper under Kent Nagano, Wiener Staatsoper under Franz Welser-Möst, Oper Frankfurt under Sebastian Weigle, Lyric Opera of Chicago under Sir Andrew Davis, and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden under Sir Antonio Pappano. As Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Anger debuted at San Francisco Opera under Sir Mark Elder, and he is a frequent guest at Deutsche Oper Berlin with whom he also appeared at the BBC Proms in Tannhäuser under Donald Runnicles. Recent seasons have brought further expansion of the repertoire with debuts as Hagen (Götterdämmerung) for Canadian Opera Company conducted by Johannes Debus, and at the Edinburgh International Festival with Sir Andrew Davis, and as König Marke (Tristan und Isolde) with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst, at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofiá with James Gaffigan and with West Australian Symphony Orchestra under Asher Fisch (released on CD by ABC Classics).

Anger gave his acclaimed first performances as Boris Godunov in Richard Jones’ production at Deutsche Oper Berlin, the same production that marked his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the role of Pimen. Pimen was also the role that marked his anticipated debut at the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Sebastian Weigle, and his recent return to Teatro alla Scala in the opening production of the 2022/23 season under Riccardo Chailly. At Opéra National de Paris, he has appeared most recently in new productions of Boris Godunov and Don Giovanni and is a regular guest at Bayerische Staatsoper where he has sung several of his core roles as well as Cardinal Brogni in Halévy’s seldom-performed La Juive under Bertrand de Billy.

On the concert stage, Anger’s recent appearances include Mahler’s Symphony No.8 at Teatro alla Scala with Riccardo Chailly and with NHK Symphony Orchestra and Paavo Järvi, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg under Aziz Shokhakimov and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Daniel Oren, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Münchner Philharmoniker conducted by Omer Meir Wellber and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with Wiener Symphoniker, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.


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