Erik Rousi

baritone or bass voice
Bass Erik Rousi graduated in spring 2016 with the best possible grades from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, where he studied under the supervision of Prof. Seppo Ruohonen and Prof. Marjut Hannula. Currently Rousi is studying at the opera class of the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna with prof. Angelika Kirchschlager. Rousi has also attended the master classes of Gustav Kuhn, Mika Kares, Roberto Scandiuzzi, and Peter Konwitchny, to name a few.

Rousi has performed in several stage performances, where his roles have included Figaro (W.A. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro), Don Alfonso (W.A. Mozart: Così fan tutte), Colas (W.A. Mozart: Bastien und Bastienne), Melisso (G. F. Händel: Alcina), Nettuno (C. Monteverdi: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Caronte (C. Monteverdi: L´Orfeo) and Dankwart (O. Straus: Die lustigen Nibelungen). Rousi has also performed a variety of 20th century and contemporary music. To name the latest, Rousi received plenty of praise from critics for his role of Stalin in the world premiere of the Peruvian composer A.Z. Roncal’s opera Ger Mania - La Gran Fiesta.

Rousi has a lot of passion for Lied music, in which he is already an experienced performer. The corner stones of Rousi's Lied repertoire are the great works of Schumann and Schubert, as well as contemporary music. Rousi has performed at several Finnish music festivals, such as Turku Music Festival, Kaakko Chamber Music Festival, Eurajoki Bel Canto, Rauma Festivo, and the festival Brinkall Soi.

During the winter season 17/18, Mr. Rousi can be heard as Kaspar in C. M. von Weber’s Der Freischütz (Stadtstheater Baden, version for children) and as a soloist of Pori Sinfonietta (Pori, Finland), among others.

Rousi has received several mentions of honour and scholarships. He was also one of the awardees at the final of Kangasniemi Vocal Competition in 2015. Rousi's singing career has been supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Niilo Helander Foundation and the Alfred Kordelin Foundation.

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Short Profile

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
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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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