Monika-Evelin Liiv

Monika-Evelin Liiv

Mezzo-Soprano

Monika-Evelin Liiv graduated from Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2007 (Prof. Mati Palm). She continued her studies at the Lithuanian Music Academy (the singing class of Sigutė Stonytė) and attended the Mariinsky Theatre Young Singers Summer Academy in Mikkeli (2005). She has also participated in the master classes of Irina Gavrilovic, Maria Acda, Larissa Gergijeva, Hartmut Höll, Maria Cleva, Vladimir Atlantov and Jeffrey Goldberg. She has cooperated with many renowned conductors, such as Mark Elder, Philip Hesketh, Carlo Rizzi, Antonio Pappano, John Andrew, Stefano Ranzani, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Daniel Oren, Jan Latham-Koenig, Eri Klas, Arvo Volmer, Andres Mustonen, Steven Moore, Carlos Spierer, Mikko Franck, etc. Monika-Evelin Liiv has won the 2nd prize in the Studio Bel Canto Vocal Competition (2006) and the 3rd prize in the Mart Saar Song competition (2002). In 2007–2009 she was included in the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and as a result made her Royal Opera debut as Flora in Verdi’s “La traviata”, followed by Second Lady (Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”), Mercédès (Bizet’s “Carmen”), Second Maid (Strauss’ “Elektra”), Ines (Verdi’s “Il trovatore”), Artist (Berg’s “Lulu”), Yelena Ivanova Popova (“The Bear” by Walton, Linbury Studio Theatre). Her repertoire includes also Amneris (Verdi’s “Aida”), Cherubino (Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”), Tchaikovsky’s Olga (“Eugene Onegin”) and Polina (“The Queen of Spades”), Voice from Above (Wagner’s “Parsifal”), Serving Maid and the Voice of an Unborn Child (“Die Frau ohne Schatten” by R. Strauss), the title role and Cornelia in Händel’s “Julius Caesar” and the title role in Händel’s “Rinaldo”. In 2011 she performed Prokofiev’s cantata “Alexander Nevsky” and Mozart’s Requiem with the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra in Costa Rica, in 2012 she sung Suzuki in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” (The Israeli Opera). She performed Verdi’s Requiem with Orchestre de Picardie in 2013 (France) and with the Royal Opera House in 2014. In 2013 Monika-Evelin Liiv was awarded the Annual Estonian Theatre Award for the convincing and vocally high-level performance of Julius Caesar and Cornelia in Händel’s opera “Julius Caesar” and in 2017 for the impelling interpretation of Amneris in Verdi’s “Aida”. She is also the winner of the Estonian Cultural Endowment Award 2015.

 

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