Harri Kaasik

6 June 1910 Türi – 22 June 1994 Stockholm

Harri Kaasik sings Eeslikese serenaad (i.e. Friml's Donkey serenade)

First, he studied the piano, from 1932 voice in Tartu, where he also started his career in 1935 in the choir of the Vanemuine Theater, singing also the occasional comprimario part. In 1937, he became a soloist in Tallinn; his repertory included Turiddu, Rodolfo, José and Pinkerton, but his focus was on operetta: Alfred (Fledermaus), Camille de Rosillon, René (Graf von Luxemburg), August Kuhbrot (Vetter aus Dingsda), and a number of now hardly remembered works.

In 1944, he fled from the second Soviet occupation to Sweden, where he continued to sing in the choir of the Göteborg opera for a while, but then spent the rest of his life as a civil servant.

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