Latvian counter-tenor Sergejs Jēgers studied at the Latvian Academy of Music where he received a Bachelor’s degree in 2003 and a Master’s degree in 2005, studying under professor Karlis Zarins. Sergejs furthered his studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland under Andreas Scholl and completed masterclasses with Robert Expert in France. During his studies, Sergejs was a music teacher in “Saule”, for people with special needs, and in the orphanage “Vita”.
His career as a professional singer began in 2000 when Sergejs started performing at the Opera Studio “Figaro” at the Latvian Academy of Music. Since 2001, Sergejs Jegers has performed regularly in Riga and elsewhere in Latvia.
Sergejs Jēgers’ opera debut was in the role of the Angel in Rubinstein’s opera Demon at the Latvian National Opera in 2004. He reprised this role with the Opera Festival in Savonlinn, Finland in 2004. In addition, Sergejs has performed in various musical productions, including Orpheus in Gluck’s opera Orpheus and Eurydice at the Cesis Cultural Centre in 2004; Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina in 2004 at the Latvian National Opera; in the title role in Handel’s opera Rinaldo at the Rundāle Castle in 2004.
Sergejs’ oratorio performances include Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Stabat Mater, Cessate, omai cessate, O mie porpore più belle, Nisi Dominus, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s St. Mark Passion, Purcell’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day and other works.
As the only counter-tenor contestant in the finals of the prestigious vocal competition “BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2005”, Sergejs finished in sixth place among 25 finalists. In September 2008, he reached the semi-finals in the “Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition” in St Petersburg, Russia.
Sergejs enjoys a very active international touring career, and has given recitals in Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Spain, USA, Canada, Finland, New Caledonia and other countries.
Sergejs Jēgers’ first solo album, Ave Musica, was released in 2006. In 2007, he released his second album, Duende, in 2008. This is a collection of duets with Latvian saxophonist Artis Gāga. While recording Duende, there was a documentary made about Sergejs’ life (directed by Dāvis Sīmanis). In addition, there was a video made for his recording of Franck’s Panis Angelicus (directed by Una Rozenbauma) – see the link below to view this video. In 2008, Sergejs recorded his third album, Dziesmiņās remdējos, a collection of Latvian folk song arrangements for voice and orchestra by Raimonds Tīguls.
When Sergejs is not delighting audiences with his wonderful performances, he teaches Early Music and Voice at the Latvian Academy of Music.
Laura Adlers is the Manager and Publicist for North American engagements for Sergejs Jēgers. For further information about Sergejs, visit his website at www.sergejsjegers.lv or contact Laura at The Adlers Agency.
Watch Sergejs Jēgers in a performance of Franck’s Panis Angelicus, accompanied by saxophonist Artis Gāga.
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