Merle Jalakas graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music in 1996. Since 1995 she has been an opera and operetta soloist at the Vanemuine and from 2010 assistant to the director of musical productions. Merle Jalakas has sung solo parts in various major musical works.
Her roles in Vanemuine include: participant in the opera lessons Help, Opera?! (Appi, ooper?!); Blue in Aints’s Googlemoogledotcom, Donna Sheridan in Andersson’s/Ulvaeus’s Mamma Mia!, Madame Giry in Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, soprano, Chinese woman in Purcell’s Fairy Queen; Sylviane in Lehár’s The Merry Widow; Winifred Banks in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins; Fairy in Ehala’s Imp (“Nukitsamees”); Atalanta in Händel’s Xerxes; Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme; Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor; Leonore in Nielsen’s Masquerade; Gianetta in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love; Oscar in Verdi’s A Masked Ball; Violetta in Kálmán’s The Violets from Montmartre; Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville; Barbarina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro; Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute; Adéle in Strauss’s The Bat; Daisy in Abraham’s Ball in Savoy et al.
Awards: Richard Wagner Society scholarship in 1998; EMT award 2011, Vanemuine Collegue Award 2011