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Kai Rüütel



Kai Rüütel in action.
Kai Rüütel in Manon, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2010

Estonian mezzo-soprano Kai Rüütel was a Jette Parker Young Artist 2009–11, singing roles including Flora Bervoix (La traviata), Rosette (Manon), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) and Dorothée (Cendrillon). Since leaving the Programme she has returned to sing Meg Page (Falstaff), Marchesa Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims, Jette Parker Young Artists tenth anniversary concert), Wellgunde (Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Emilia (Otello). She returns in the 2018/19 Season to sing Waltraute (Die Walküre).

Rüütel studied at the Georg Ots Music School, Tallinn, the Koniklijk Conservatorium in The Hague and the Dutch National Opera Academy. She won first prize in the Estonian National Competition for Young Classical Singers for three successive years (2001–03). Her operatic appearances since leaving the Programme have included Hänsel for Scottish Opera, Blanche (The Gambler) for Dutch National Opera, Siegrune (Die Walküre) for Liceu, Barcelona, Sonetka (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Nefertiti (Akhnaten) and in Infinite now for Opera Vlaanderen and Esquire and Flowermaiden (Parsifal) and Mary (Der fliegende Holländer) for Teatro Real, Madrid.

Rüütel’s concert appearances include Mahler’s Rückert Lieder at the Cadogan Hall, Zemlinsky and Mahler songs at the Berlin Philharmonie, in recital at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai, Mozart’s Requiem with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Mass in C with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 with the Residentie Orchestra, Netherlands, Dream of Gerontius at the Three Choirs Festival and gala concerts in Ireland, Latvia and the Czech Republic.