Rauno Elp



Rauno Elp is the soloist of the Estonian National Opera since 1992. He is a sought-after artist, whose repertoire includes various baritone roles both from Estonian and international opera composers. Elp’s high-level vocal technique allows him to sing various roles from Mozart to Wagner.



In 2007 he won the scholarship of the Estonian Richard Wagner Society, in 2016 he won the Annual Estonian Theatre Award for the powerful and convincing interpretation of the title role in Hindemith’s opera “Cardillac” and in 2019 the SEB Audience Award.



Rigoletto (Verdi’s “Rigoletto”)

Germont (Verdi’s “La traviata”)

Renato (Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera”)

Rodrigo (Verdi’s “Don Carlo”)

Iago (Verdi’s “Otello”)

Amonasro (Verdi’s “Aida”)

Holländer (Wagner’s “Der fliegende Holländer”)

Wolfram (Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”)

Amfortas (Wagner’s “Parsifal”)

Kurwenal (Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”)

Grigory Gryaznoy (Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride”)

Valentin (Gounod’s “Faust”)

Capuletti (Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet”)

Don Giovanni (Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”)

Count Almaviva (Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”)

Guglielmo (Mozart’s “Così fan tutte”)

Scarpia (Puccini „Tosca“)

Marcello (Puccini’s “La bohème”)

Jack Rance (Puccini’s “La fanciulla del West”)

Gianni Schichhi (Puccini “Gianni Schicchi”)

Lescaut (Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut”)

Dulcamara and Belcore (Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore”)

Cardillac (Hindemith’s “Cardillac”)

Roderick (Hindemith’s “The Long Christmas Dinner”)

Don Magnifico (Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”)

Argante (Händel’s “Rinaldo”)

Yeletsky (Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades”)

Cyrano (Tamberg’s “Cyrano de Bergerac”)

Father Kaarel (Puur’s “The Colours of Clouds”)

Wallenberg (Tüür’s “Wallenberg”)

Doctor (Kangro’s “Heart”)

Jürgen (Tubin’s “Barbara von Tisenhusen”)

Theodor/Hamlet (T. Kõrvits’ “Butterfly”)


Concert performance:

Wilhelm Tell (Rossini’s “Wilhelm Tell”)

Sir Riccardo Forth (Bellini’s “I puritani”)

Mizgir (Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Snegurochka”)

Zurga (“Les pêcheurs de perles” by Bizet)

Meelis (V. Kapp’s “Lembitu”)


He has also participated in the performances of large-scale works, such as “Des Jona Sendung” by R. Tobias, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Brahms, “Über Liebe und Hass” by Gubaidulina, Tamberg’s “Amores”, “Kullervo” by Sibelius etc.