Opera Chorus

Aili Roose, Director of the Orchestra and Chorus, assistant to the Artistic Director, +372 683 1234, aili@opera.ee
Elmo Tiisvald, Chief Chorus Master
Kädi Kosenkranius, Assistant to the Director of the Orchestra and Chorus, 6831285

The Estonian National Opera Chorus is a professional high-level mixed chorus. Throughout its history, the chorus has been a part of dozens of opera, operetta and musical performances, the most popular of which have also been performed abroad. The following outstanding musicians have worked with the chorus: August Topman, Verner Nerep, Tiiu Targama, Kaja Tammemägi, Ira Trilljärv, Uno Järvela, Venno Laul, Peeter Lilje, Anne Dorbek, Jüri Rent, Elmo Tiisvald and Risto Joost. In September 2011 Hirvo Surva began his work as a Chief Chorus Master and he was joined in his work by Marge Mehilane in 2012. Since autumn 2013 the Chorus Master is Elmo Tiisvald. Apart from taking part in theatre’s performances, a significant portion of the chorus’s work also consists of giving concerts and recording music. The more important vocal symphonic works that the chorus has performed, include “Christus am Ölberge” and “An die Freude” by Beethoven, Dvořák’s and Verdi’s Requiems, Liszt’s “Christus, Song of Destiny” and “German Requiem” by Brahms, “War Requiem” by Britten, Requiem by Kreek, “Daphnis et Cloé” by Ravel, “Gurre-Lieder” by Schönberg, “Carmina Burana” by Orff, “Five Mystical Songs” by Williams, “Jonah’s Mission”, “Jenseits des Jordan” and “Know Ye Not” by Tobias, oratorio “Job” by A. Kapp, “Amore et igne” by L. Sumera and many more. The chorus took part in the Estonian Song Festival of 2009, where, among other works, Pärt’s “Credo” was performed side-by-side with other Estonian professional musical collectives. The chorus has also given a number of significant a cappella performances, such as the mystery “Ultimos Ritos” by Tavener, “Vespers” Op. 37 by Rachmaninoff, “Deutsche Motette” by R. Strauss, etc. Estonian National Opera Chorus won the annual Estonia Theatre Award 2010 for professional interpretation of the musically and dramaturgically demanding part in Prokofiev’s opera “The Love for Three Oranges”. In 2013 the chorus recorded with the orchestra of the Estonian National Opera a CD “Verdi and Wagner – the Most Famous Opera Choruses” to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the two great composers.

Sopranos:
Airike Kolk, Danna Malõško, Eva Rand, Kadri Kõrvek, Karin Helstein, Kati Jaanimäe, Külli Ormisson, Maria Kais, Maria Leppoja, Olga Zaitseva, Siiri Johanson

Altos:
Airi Sepp, Aule Urb, Greete Ruutma (lapsehoolduspuhkusel), Kairi Tammaru, Ludmilla Kõrts, Merili Kristal (lapsehoolduspuhkusel), Merilin Taul, Merje Uppin, Pille-Riin Rajavee, Triin Ella

Tenors:
Jaak Jõekallas (koorivanem), Andrei Karpiyevich, Kaido Tani, Mattias Aabmets, Nicola Gracanac, Rafael Dicenta, Tomi Kuusisto, Urmas Põldma, Vyacheslav Reznichenko, Yixuan Wang

Baritones:
Georg Gurjev, Ivo Onton, Mati Vaikmaa, Priit Kruusement, Roman Chervinko

Bassos:
Aare Kodasma, Erki Lillemets, Oleksandr Brazhnyk, Rene Alas, Sven Tarlap, Tiit Kaljund, Tambet Kikas

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