Mezzo Kai Rüütel in Royal Opera House Jette Parker showcase
Published: 15 July 2011
Category: Vocal & Opera
New Intermusica mezzo-soprano Kai Rüütel will perform on Sunday 17th July in the end-of-year showcase for the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artist programme. The theme of this year’s Jette Parker showcase is ‘Veneziana’. Kai will perform in several extracts including Rossini’s Bianca e Falliero (role of Falliero), Rossini’s Otello (role of Emilia), Britten’s Death in Venice and Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann (role of Nicklausse).
This will mark Kai’s final performance as a Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, where she has had great success performing and covering a huge variety of roles, including Hänsel (which she sang for an indisposed Christine Rice), Charlotte Werther, Second Lady Die Zauberflöte, Dorothée Cendrillon, and Flora La Traviata (which she also sang on the Royal Opera House tour to Japan in 2010). Her plans for 11/12 include Hänsel for Scottish Opera and Meg Page Falstaff for the Royal Opera House and she will also sing the role of La Marchesa Malibea in a special gala performance of Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims, marking the tenth anniversary of the Jette Parker programme.
Estonian Mezzo-soprano Kai Rüütel studied in at the Georg Ots Music School in Tallinn and then at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague and the Dutch National Opera Academy, graduating from the Masters programme with Special Honours. Whilst studying in the Netherlands she was supported by Eesti Kultuurkapital. Kai won First Prize in the National Competition for Young Classical Singers in Estonia three years in a row in 2001, 2002 and 2003. She has been a Jette Parker Young Artist between 2009 and 2011.