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Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Lauri Vasar studied singing at the Music Academy in his hometown, as well as at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Between 2002 and 2007 he was a member of the company of the Landestheater at Linz and at the Hannover Staatsoper. In 2003 he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival (Die Bakchantinnen and Don Carlos). He sang the role of Al Qasim in The Hoopoe by Henze at the Teatro Real in Madrid, at Lyon and at Tokyo, the Jailer in the Dialogues des Carmélites at the Teatro Real in Madrid and The Prisoner by Dallapiccola (title role) at the Athens Opera. In 2006, the Vienna Staatsoper awarded him the Eberhard-Wächter medal for his interpretation in Monteverdi's Orfeo. During the 2007/2008 season he interpreted the Minotaur in Henze’s Phaedra at the Berlin Staatsoper, and then he made his debut at the Barcelona Liceu in Tannhäuser (Biterolf), as well as performing in Intermezzo at the Theater an der Wien and participating in the premiere of Faust-Bal by Leonardo Balada (Mefistofeles) at the Teatro Real in Madrid. As of the 2009-2010 season he has been a member of the company of the Hamburg Staatsoper where he has sung Chaklovity (Khovanshchina), Marcello (La Bohème), Papageno (The Magic Flute), Belcore (The Elixir of Love), Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Eletski (The Queen of Spades), Escamillo (Carmen), the Duke of Gloucester (Lear), the title roles in Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin. He has sung in La Bohème at Brussels and Der Freischütz (Ottokar) at Barcelona. He won the "Faust" German theatre prize in 2011, as best singer of the year for the title role in Billy Budd at Düsseldorf. In September 2011 he made his debut at the Zurich Opera in Shostakovich's The Nose, and then he played the title role of The Prisoner in a concert performance at London under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Wolfram (Tannhäuser) at the Budapest Festival and Lescaut (Manon Lescaut) at Hamburg. In 2013 he sang Olivier (Capriccio) at the Opéra national de Lyon, and Sharpless (Madame Butterfly) at Hamburg. He made his debut at the Royal Opera House in London during the 2013/2014 season in La Bohème. He sang the Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Frank/Fritz (The Dead City) at Hamburg. This season he interprets Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) at the Berlin Staatsoper.
Duke of Gloucester (Lear) at the Opéra National de Paris.
Debut at the Opéra national de Paris
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