Heldur Harry Põlda

(tenor)

EDUCATION AND WORK
Heldur Harry Põlda finished Tallinn Music Highschool in 2015. He has been a long-time soloist of the Estonian National Opera Boys Choir. He graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a grantee of the Estonian National Opera in the seasons 2019/20 and 2020/21. He is a soloist of the theatre since autumn 2021. Since 2020, he is also a conductor of the Tallinn Technical University male choir.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
In 2008, Põlda won the Estonian Culture Endowment Award for the role of Miles in Britten’s opera “The Turn of the Screw”. In 2010, he won the Estonian Choral Association’s Cooperation Award and in 2013 the Estonian National Culture Foundation Georg Ots Scholarship. In 2022, he won the 2nd place at the 29th Lions European Thomas Kuti Music Competition in Zagreb.

REPERTOIRETony (Bernstein’s “West Side Story”)
Tybalt (Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet”)
Tamino (Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte")
Bastien (Mozart’s “Bastien und Bastienne”)
Miles (Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw”)
Amor (Gluck’s “Orfeus ed Euridice”)
Arno (Marguste’s mono-opera “Monologues”)
Nuki (Ehala/Raadik/Vinter/Raudmäe’s “Pipi!Nuki!Puhh!”)
Erik (Yeston’s “Phantom”)
Ruiz (Verdi's “Il trovatore”)
Gaston (Verdi's "La traviata")
Delil (Verdi's “Giovanna d'Arco”)
Ivan Lykov (Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride”)
Camille de Rossillon (Lehár’s “The Merry Widow”)
Orpheus (Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld”)
Pelléas (Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande”)

Concert repertoire:
Auerbach’s “Russian Requiem” world premiere in Germany
Paunufnik’s “Westminster’s Mass”
Fauré’s Requiem 
Ustvolskaya’s Symphony No. 1 
Kruusimäe’s “Discovering the World” XXV Estonian Song Festival mixed choirs’ soloist
Pärt’s “Vater Unser” in Vatican for Pope Benedictus XVI

Conducting:
Children’s gala at the festival “From Estoonlased to Saarlased”
Children’s gala at Saaremaa Opera Days 2014
Conductor of children’s’ chorus and string orchestra at 50th Saaremaa Song Festival 
Mixed Choirs’ conductor at Suure-Jaani clerical song festival