Erik Rousi

baritone or bass voice
Erik Rousi is a Finnish bass, who is currently finishing his studies at the opera class of the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna.
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NameRousi, Erik
Date of Birth1987-03-24
Born inFinland, Europe
Home LocationVienna, Austria
Main languageFinnish
Additional languages English,  German,  Swedish 
attended UniversitiesMusik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien

C. Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
Caronte in L'Orfeo. June 2015. 
Strong Operatic Interpretation
2017-06-11 Satakunnan Kansa, Pori
"Erik Rousi's bass-bariton moves flexibly to high register and the bass notes are strong. ... It is easy to imagine how convincing Erik Rousi is on an opera stage. In the song Der Atlas, which was also heard as an encore, was filled with heroic power. ... The cycle culminated to the songs Die Stadt and to the chilling Der Doppelgänger."
(Kaija Huida)
REVIEW from 2017-06-11  
Hitler and Stalin Became Opera Characters
2016-05-05 Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki
"The main antagonists stay in the limelight for the most part. Adolf comes across as a shaky, but seemingly threatening character, Josif as a dangerous man despite his calmness. Tero Halonen has adopted Hitler's character well. Similarly, Erik Rousi is a good fit for Stalin's role. Both did also very well vocally."
(Veijo Murtomäki)
REVIEW from 2016-05-05  
Special Treat in Eurajoki
2017-06-11 Länsi-Suomi, Rauma
"Especially Kriegers Ahnung was filled with focused storytelling. When Rousi sang "gute Nacht" over and over again, his delicate palette of colors really made the story alive. The song Ständchen was also fantastically interpredet. ... We where able only to admire the collaboration between the pianist and the singer in the song Der Stadt. ... We also heard magnificent fortes from Vienna based Rousi. Der Atlas was played twice, once as an encore. Powerful voice resonated convincingly over gradiloquent accompaniment."
(Katja Valmunen)
REVIEW from 2017-06-11  
F. Schubert: Winterreise
Winterreise in Rock Church Helsinki with Justas Stasevskij. October 2015. 
A.Z. Roncal: Ger Mania - La Gran Fiesta
Stalin in Ger Mania - La Gran Fiesta. April 2016. 
July 2016 
Everybody is Saving up!
2015-04-11 The Diary of a Gentleman, Helsinki
"Erik Rousi has splendid material and natural stage charisma. He managed to turn the cynicism associated with Don Alfonso into easygoing joyfulness."
(Janne Koskinen)
REVIEW from 2015-04-11  
What If Hitler Went to Patagonia
2016-05-05 Hufvudstadsbladet, Helsinki
"Of a handful of singers, one will take note of a rather weak Hitler (Tero Halonen) but an even stronger Stalin (Erik Rousi) and a charming Eva Braun (Marika Hölttä)."
(Wilhelm Kvist)
REVIEW from 2016-05-05  
Multifunctional Figaro
2016-04-26 Rondo, Helsinki
"The strong voiced Erik Rousi was a jovial Figaro, with the right blend of goofiness and cunningness...The lead roles showed exceptional vocal quality and singing charisma."
(Auli Särkiö)
REVIEW from 2016-04-26  
A Mesmerizing First Opera
2015-06-07 Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki
"Some fine soloists were heard in the production. We can hardly find a better Orpheus than the tenor Juho Punkeri. Erik Rousi as Charon and Ronnie Karlson as Pluto were startling with their juicy bass voices."
(Veijo Murtomäki)
REVIEW from 2015-06-07  
W. A. Mozart: Così fan tutte
Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. April 2015. 
O. Straus: Die lustigen Nibelungen
Dankwart in Die lustigen Nibelungen. January 2015. 
The Music of Sibelius Lightened the Independence Concert in Pori
2017-12-07 Satakunnan Kansa, Pori
"Erik Rousi's vocal technique differs from what one usually hears from a male singer nowadays, and it all works perfectly to his advantace. Rousi is concentrating to the clang. When he sings, the listener can just focus to the beaty of the voice, not to the vocal range of the singer. Manly stressing of the consonants doesn't disturb the vocal line, although the text is very clear."
(Kaija Huida)
REVIEW from 2017-12-07