Ain Anger
Bass

"One of the great Wagner basses of our time." (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, August 2013)

Contacts

Shirley Thomson +44 (0)20 3725 9173
Clare Erskine +44 (0)20 3725 9145

Biography

Hailed as one of the great Wagner basses of our time and equally in demand internationally in Italian, German and Russian repertoire, Estonian-born Ain Anger now makes his home in Vienna where he has sung over forty roles on the stage of the Wiener Staatsoper.

Anger’s current season brings a role debut as Dosifej in Wiener Staatsoper's new production of Khovanshchina conducted by Semyon Bychkov, a return to Deutsche Oper Berlin as both Hermann (Tannhäuser) and König Heinrich (Lohengrin) and a house debut at Washington National Opera as Daland (Der fliegende Holländer) under Philippe Auguin. Among concert projects are Peneios (Daphne) with The Cleveland Orchestra at home and at New

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Hailed as one of the great Wagner basses of our time and equally in demand internationally in Italian, German and Russian repertoire, Estonian-born Ain Anger now makes his home in Vienna where he has sung over forty roles on the stage of the Wiener Staatsoper.

Anger’s current season brings a role debut as Dosifej in Wiener Staatsoper's new production of Khovanshchina conducted by Semyon Bychkov, a return to Deutsche Oper Berlin as both Hermann (Tannhäuser) and König Heinrich (Lohengrin) and a house debut at Washington National Opera as Daland (Der fliegende Holländer) under Philippe Auguin. Among concert projects are Peneios (Daphne) with The Cleveland Orchestra at home and at New York's Lincoln Center, under Franz Welser-Möst.

Trained at Tallin's Academy of Music, Anger’s diversity in both opera and concert has led him to be a favourite of such conductors as Christian Thielemann, Franz Welser-Möst and Donald Runnicles. Having amassed a series of important debuts in recent seasons including at the Bayreuth Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Oper Frankfurt, with the New York Philharmonic and at the BBC Proms, Ain Anger’s repertoire continues to expand and ranges from Orestes (Elektra), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra) and Pogner (Die Meistersinger) to Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No.8 and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.

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Shirley Thomson +44 (0)20 3725 9173
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Reviews

"The soloists are all of the first rank too. Ain Anger’s youth and gorgeous high-lying voice are unusual for the low authoritative bass role of Dossifei, but in combination they create something new, vital, and utterly mesmerising." (Warwick Thompson, Blouin Artinfo, November 2014)

"Anger dominated as Dossifei and now outshines all his colleagues. His bass is strong as a bear yet classy: a delight." (Stefan Ender, Der Standard, November 2014)

"Ain Anger was a superb Gremin, giving an expressive yet dynamic, even conversational account of the aria rather than the sanctimonious grandstanding so often encountered." (George Loomis, Opera Magazine, October 2014)

"One of the highlights was the battle

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"The soloists are all of the first rank too. Ain Anger’s youth and gorgeous high-lying voice are unusual for the low authoritative bass role of Dossifei, but in combination they create something new, vital, and utterly mesmerising." (Warwick Thompson, Blouin Artinfo, November 2014)

"Anger dominated as Dossifei and now outshines all his colleagues. His bass is strong as a bear yet classy: a delight." (Stefan Ender, Der Standard, November 2014)

"Ain Anger was a superb Gremin, giving an expressive yet dynamic, even conversational account of the aria rather than the sanctimonious grandstanding so often encountered." (George Loomis, Opera Magazine, October 2014)

"One of the highlights was the battle with Fafner, which rightly gained Ain Anger great applause. Vocally as well as dramatically he fully convinced and his dark bass at once blended and contrasted beautifully with Gould’s radiant tenor: probably the best Fafner I have so far heard from Anger." (Susanne Kosesnik-Wehrle, Der neue Merker, June 2014)

"... the excellent dark, serious and lifelike Sparafucile of Ain Anger." (Michèle Friche, Le Soir, May 2014)

"Ain Anger is dark, cavernous and worryingly below the law - a Sparafucile of excellence." (Sébastien Foucart, ConcertoNet, May 2014)

"The real vocal honours, though, go to Ain Anger's superbly characterised Hunding – no bully boy, but a man who masks possessive resentment beneath a chilling mask of politeness. Along with his performance in Tannhäuser at this year's Proms, it marks him out as one of the great Wagner basses of our time." (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, August 2013)

"A striking Estonian bass with the splendid name of Ain Anger made a grand impression as the Landgrave." (Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, August 2013)

"The great performances came from Wolfram, Venus and Ain Anger's moralistic Hermann, all of them exceptional." (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, August 2013)

“The Estonian bass Ain Anger was a magnificent Daland, a true Wagner bass, rich and resonant with some potent bottom notes to boot. His acting was entirely convincing as well.” (Limelight Magazine, July 2013)

“Bass Ain Anger displayed superb clarity of articulation and sustained an intensely focused sound. Anger's dark timbre and excellent diction created commanding accounts of the Tuba mirum and Confutatis." (The Australian, July 2013)

"The other parts are also exceptionally well cast, including Ain Anger's Wotan-like Pater Profundis..." (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, May 2013)
 
" ... the vocally truly profound bass Ain Anger..." (Offenbach Post, May 2013)

"The remaining cast was strong with Ain Anger as a sonorous Landgraf, complemented by Gergely Nemeti (Walter), Alexandru Moisiuc (Biterolf), Peter Jelosits (Heinrich), Marcus Pelz (Reinmar), and Alois Muehlbacher as the Hirte." (The Opera Critic, June 2010)

"Estonian bass Ain Anger unleashed magnificently cavernous tones and was properly sepulchral in his Mors Stupebit solo. Still young, he has not sung very much in New York yet, but he made the Carnegie Hall audience sit up and take notice." (Opera News, August 2008)

"Estonian Ain Anger, making his United States debut, used his deep bass to give a thrilling performance in the role of Ivan." (Classical Source)

 

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