Orchestra

Aili Roose, Director of the Orchestra and Chorus, Assistant to the Artistic Director, +372 683 1234, aili@opera.ee
Anne-Mai Runno, Assistant to the Director of the Orchestra and Chorus
Aet Tammerik, Piano Tuner
Signe Toomla, Music Librarian, +372 683 1228

Estonian National Opera was founded in 1906 and is the home for the Estonian National Opera Orchestra, formed in 1907. Its first music director was Otto Herman, who started also organising symphony concerts. The first concert was held on February 23 (NS March 5) in 1907, conducted by Otto Hermann. In the following years he was succeeded by the chief conductors Adalbert Wirkhaus, Raimund Kull, Verner Nerep, Priit Nigula, Kirill Raudsepp, Neeme Järvi, Eri Klas, Paul Mägi, Jüri Alperten and Arvo Volmer. Since August 2012 the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor is Vello Pähn. In addition to the regular opera performances, the orchestra has performed with different concert programs of symphonic works. It has cooperated with a number of outstanding soloists, such as José Cura, Christian Lindberg, Isabella van Keulen, Montserrat Caballe, Alexander Markovich, etc. Arvo Volmer brought to life a series of concert performances of operas, such as Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” with Carlos Spierer (2003), Pylkkänen’s “Mare and Her Son” with Hannu Lintu (in cooperation with Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, 2005), Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila” (2005), Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito” (2006), Bellini’s “I Puritani” (2007, conductor Manlio Benzi), “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” (2010, conductor Risto Joost) and “Norma” (2012, conductor Alberto Hold-Garrido), Alfredo Catalani’s “La Wally” (2007), Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” (2008), Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell” (2008), Donizetti’s “Poliuto” (2009), Bizet’s “Les pêcheurs de perles” (2010) and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride” (2011). In 2012 the successful series continued under the baton of Vello Pähn, producing Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” (2012) and “Arabella” (2015), Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” (2013) and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Snegurochka” (2014). The orchestra has made guest appearances in Great Britain, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Belorussia, etc. It has given guest performances together with the opera and the ballet troupe in various opera theatres and festivals, including the Finnish National Opera and Latvian National Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Dalhalla Opera Festival, etc. The orchestra has also made several recordings, such as Tubin’s “Barbara von Tisenhusen” (Ondine, 1991) and “The Parson of Reigi” (Ondine, 1992), Verdi’s “Nabucco” (Estonian National Opera, 2000), Tamberg’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” (CPO, 2004), Pylkkänen’s “Mare and Her Son” (Ondine, 2005), Kreek’s Requiem (Alba Records, 2007), “Voices of the Estonian National Opera” (ERP, 2009), “Verdi and Wagner – the Most Famous Opera Choruses” (2013, ERP) and DVD-s: Ehala’s “Bumpy” (Digibox, 2003), Tüür’s “Wallenberg” (ERP, 2008), “Coppélia” by Delibes (Estonian National Opera and ERP, 2012), Edur’s/Aints’ “Modigliani – the Cursed Artist” (Estonian National Ballet and ERP, 2014), Gounod’s “Faust” (Estonian National Opera and ERP, 2015).

First Violins

Andrus Haav – concertmaster of the orchestra, Toomas Nestor*, Kristina Kriit*³, Maarja Allik, Maria Goršenina, Marita-Merle Klimova, Liliana Tamm-Maaten, Jaan Normak, Henno Soode, Karmen Sookruus, Leena Uibokand, Marika Vihermäe, Alar Villems, Pille Tralla, Eeva-Maria Laas

Second Violins

Eva-Liisa Heinmaa*, Kersti Tomingas*², Adrian Bravo Lopez*³, Anu Laas, Kaia Sepalaan, Karolina Normak, Mai Rosenroth, Eugen Simson-Valtin, Eivin Toodo, Ester Vain, Katrin Uuli

Violas

Arne Pilliroog*, Mari Aasa*², Madis Järvi *³, Angelica Robert (parental leave), Anneliis Lindre, Kerstin Tomson, Laur Eensalu, Maria Nesterenko, Mann Helstein, Jaana Suija

Cellos

Henry-David Varema, Mart Laas* , Kristjan Saar*², Marius Järvi, Raul Seppel, Lembi Mets, Andrus Vihermäe, Mati Leibak, Jarkko Ensio Launonen, Andreas Lend

Basses

Tiit Pärtna*, Andreas Arder*², Aleksander Jõgi, Toivo Unt, Marko Õunapuu, Kadri Kukk, Imre Eenma

Flutes

Jonathan Henderson*, Lisa Kawasaki**, Eneli Hiiemaa, Ann Õun

Oboes

Kristi Volmer**, Olev Ainomäe, Riivo Kallasmaa**, Fanny Kloevekorn**

Clarinets

Edmunds Altmanis*, Vahur Vurm, Jüri Millistfer, Alexandr Avramenko

Bassoons

Heiti Riismäe*, Rene Sepalaan**, Kristjan Mänd, Marko Jõeleht

Horns

Rait Erikson*, Inno-Mart Kont**, Joel Ots**, Veljo Toodo, Hanno Kedik, Valdek Põld, Vigo Uusmäe

Trumpets

Priit Aimla*, Mart Kivi**, Taavi Kuntu, Chris Sommer, Roman Petuhhov

Trombones

Aabi Ausmaa*, Toomas Uustalu**, Valter Jürgenson, Guido Kongas, Ivar Kiiv

Tuba

Cornelius Jacobeit

Percussion

Adam Jeffrey*, Anto Õnnis**, Csaba Zoltán Marján, Jacob Steuer

Harp

Eda Peäske*, Saale Kivimaker-Rull

 

* Section Principal

*² 2nd Principal

*³ 3rd Principal

** Associate Principal

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