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Gala concert Georg Ots 95

20.03.2015 / Ülla Veerg

Georg Ots

On March 21 Estonian National Opera celebrates the 95th anniversary of Georg Ots – the most famous and admired Estonian singer. His expressive and lyrical baritone voice has left a deep impression in the hearts of the audience. Ots’ frequent performances of classical music and pop concerts on the radio and TV made him a true star. During the 30 years of his career at the Estonian National Opera, he created a whole gallery of roles polished in details and touched with his stage charm. His Iago (Verdi’s “Otello”), Demon (Rubinstein’s “The Demon”), Rigoletto (Verdi’s “Rigoletto”), Don Giovanni (Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”), Papageno (Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”), Porgy (Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”), Cervantes/Don Quixote (Leigh’s “Man of La Mancha”) and many other roles are unforgettable. Ots was one of the few singers who had an opportunity to sing to international audiences, including audiences in the US, during the post-war period. One of his top achievements was the film “Mister X” based on Imre Kálmán’s operetta “Die Zirkusprinzessin” that was produced by Lenfilm studios. Ots performed on the stage of the Estonian National Opera until his death in 1975. His debut as a stage director with the opera “Don Giovanni” was left half finished.

Conductors of the concert will be Vello Pähn and Jüri Alperten. The Stage Director is Arne Mikk, Designer Kristel Linnutaja, Choreographer Marina Kesler, Lighting Designer Anton Kulagin and Chorus Master Elmo Tiisvald. At the concert will perform Maksim Paster (The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow), Helena Juntunen (soprano, Finland), Pavlo Balakin (bass), Rauno Elp (baritone), Tõnu Kilgas (baritone), Kadri Kipper (soprano), Oliver Kuusik (tenor), Andres Köster (tenor), Juuli Lill (mezzo-soprano), Urmas Põldma (tenor), Kristel Pärtna (soprano), Aare Saal (baritone), René Soom (baritone), Janne Ševtšenko (soprano), Olga Zaitseva (soprano), Jassi Zahharov (baritone), Heli Veskus (soprano), Estonian Nationanal Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Estonian National Ballet.

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