Kai Rüütel is a mezzo-soprano singer who has won First Prize in Estonia’s National Competition for Young Classical Singers three years in a row (2001-2003). After training in Tallinn and at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, she then graduated from the Dutch National Opera Academy’s Masters programme with Special Honours.
Subsequent to this, in 2009 Rüütel became a member of the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House. She made her debut there in The Gambler, following this with parts in Manon and La Traviata in the 2009/10 season. In 2010, she stepped in for Christine Rice as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, and received rave reviews. During the 2011/12 season, she appeared in Falstaff, the Scottish Opera’s Hansel and Gretel, and in a special gala performance of Il Viaggio a Reims. Her 2012/13 season engagements include Der Ring des Nibelungen with the ROH, and debuts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse and Dallas Opera. Recent concert engagements include Mahler Rückert Lieder at the Cadogan Hall.