Heldur Harry Põlda

(tenor, grantee of the Estonian National Opera)

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 is a grantee of the Estonian National Opera since 2019. 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.

REPERTOIRE
Tony (Bernstein’s “West Side Story”)
Tybalt (Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet”)
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 “Il trovatore”)
Camille de Rossillon (Lehár’s “The Merry Widow”)

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