Karmen Puis graduated from Aino Kõiv’s singing class at Heino Eller Tartu Music School in 1993 and from the singing class of Tiiu Levald at the Estonian Academy of Music in 1997. In 2005 she completed her Master’s degree at the Estonian Academy of Music under Jaakko Ryhänen (cum laude). She has also studied under Alexandr Kapustiansky and Lino Puglisi and participated in master classes by Hartmut Höll, Eva Märtson-Wilson, Barbara Pearson and Rita Dams.
During her studies at the Estonian Academy of Music Karmen Pius worked as a choir singer and soloist in the Estonian Radio Choir, and she has been and opera and operetta soloist at the Vanemuine since 1997. She has sung solo parts in many performances of major works: Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Beethoven’s Mass C-major, Schubert’s Mass E-major, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s St Mark’s Passion, Mendelssohn’s Paulus, Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Pergoles’ Stabat Mater and the part of Bianca in the concert version of Britten’s opera The Rape of Lucretia.
Her roles at the Vanemuine have included:
Gabriele Zedlau in Strauss’s Viennese Blood (2018), White in Aints’s Googlemoogledotcom (2017), Woman in Lill’s Into the Fire (2017), Madame Pfeil in Mozart’s The Impresario (2016), Alisa in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, An Evening with Kálmán (2015), Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen (2015), Catharina Vycken in Tubin’s The Parson of Reigi (Reigi õpetaja) (2014), Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (2013), Liina in Aints’ Old Barny (Rehepapp) (2013), Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther (2012), soloist in the performance An Evening with Strauss (2012), soprano and 2nd Fairy in Purcell’s Fairy-Queen (2011), Elisabetta I, Queen of England in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (2011), Abbess in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music (2010), Mother in Luts & Ehala’s Bumpy (Nukitsamees) (2010), Emilia in Verdi’s Othello (1997), Amastris in Händel’s Xerxes (1997), Concepcion in Raveli’s The Spanish Hour (1998), Pernille in Nielsen’s Masquerade (1999), Alisa in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (1999), Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (2000), Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (2000), Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (2001), Hodel in Bock’s Fiddler on the Roof (2003), Berta in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (2003), Gab-Gab in Lusens’ Dr Dolittle and the Bird’s Opera (2003), Miss Todd in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief (2003), Manya in Kálmán’s Countess Mariza (2004), Flora in Verdi’s La traviata (2004), Suzuki in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly (2004), Policewoman in Bernstein’s West Side Story (2005), 2nd Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute (2005), Fairy in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ballet, 2005), Galatea in Händel’s Acis and Galatea (2006), Rosalinde in Strauss’ The Bat (2006), Clarina in Rossini’s The Bill of Marriage (2006), Solveig/Anitra in Grieg’s Peer Gynt (ballet, 2006), Giulietta in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann (2007), Giovanna in Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto (2007), Grandmother/Snow Queen in Ehala’s The Snow Queen (2007), Inez in Verdi’s Troubadour (2008), Javotte in Massenet’s Manon (2009), Molina’s Mother in Kander & Ebb’s Kiss of the Spider Woman (2009), singing in the performance Petrushka’s Afternoon (2010), Countess Rosina Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (2010), Diana in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (2010), participating in the theatre lesson History in Music (2011), Hanna Glawari in Lehár’s The Merry Widow (2011), Miss Andrew in Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins (2011)
Her roles elsewhere have included:
Inn-keeper’s wife in Mussorgsky’s Boriss Godunov (Estonian National Opera), Mércedes in Bizet’s Carmen (2006, Kaivconsort)
Scholarship from the Wagner Society in 2006
Music award of the Vanemuine and EMT in 2007
Georg Ots Award of the Estonian Theatre Union in 2010
Artist of the Year award of the Vanemuine in 2011
Estonian Theatre Union’s Annual Award in 2012 for exceptional performances in the roles of Elisabetta I and Hanna Glawar in the productions Maria Stuarda and The Merry Widow (Vanemuine)
Kuula intervjuud – Karmen Puis pälvis teatriaasta auhinna ja Aasta Vanemuislase tiitli