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The American and Canadian Christmas Concert Tour of opera singers Aile Asszonyi and Mati Turi

01.12.2007

Award Winning Vocalists in Festivals throughout Europe featuring both Estonian and International Christmas songs and carrols

December 18 – Lakewood (New Jersey) Estonian House, 6:00 PM

December 19 - New York Estonian House, 6:30 PM

December 20 - Washington Corcoran Gallery of Art, 6:00 PM

December 22 - Ottawa, Peace Latvian Lutheran Church, 11:00 AM

 

The Concert Tour is organized by the Embassy of Estonia in Washington in close cooperation with the Estonian Permanent Mission to the UN, the Consulate General in New York, and the Embassy of Estonia in Ottawa. Our local partners are the Estonian Societies and Houses in Lakewood, New York and Ottawa.  The tour is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and the Ministry of Culture along with private sponsors. 

 

Admission: free and by registration only.

 

 

 Soprano Aile Asszonyi has studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (under Ljudmila Dombrovska and Ivo Kuusk), where she received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1999 and Master of Arts degree 2002 (under Matti Pelo and Helin Kapten). She continued at the Opera Studio Netherlands until 2004. She has studied in the prestigious private academy of Carlo Bergonzi in Italy.

Aile Asszonyi started her career in the famous Estonian Philharmonic Camber Choir (1995-1998). She made her operatic debut as Despina (Mozart's Così fan tutte) in 2002.

With impressive versatility, she has effortlessly traversed an ever-broadening spectrum of musical styles and dramatic characterizations from the classical style of Mozart and Haydn to the heroines of contemporary opera.
Her operatic repertoire includes Armida (Haydn Armida), Leonore (Beethoven Fidelio), Adina (Donizetti L'elisir d'amore), Giovanna and Violetta (Verdi Giovanna D'Arco and La Traviata), Angelica (Puccini Suor Angelica), Dhia (Mascagni Iris), Woman (Remme Zond), Zora/Mina (Zhebeljan Zora D), Die Frau (Tüür Wallenberg).

She is an established oratorio soloist and gives regularly recitals with her pianist Helin Kapten with whom they have been a duo since Aile's academic studies in EMTA .

Her Oratorio repertoire includes : Bach's St. Matthew's Passion and St. John's Passion, Handel's Easter Oratorio and Messiah,  Haydn The Creation and Nelson Messe, Mozart's Requiem, Mass in c and Exsultate Jubilate, Beethoven Mass in C, 9th Symphony, Brahms German Requiem, Verdi Requiem, Mendelsson Paulus, Mahler 2nd Symphony, Fauré Requiem , Nielsen 2nd Symphony, Saint-Saëns Chritsmas Oratorio, Orff Carmina Burana, Adams Grand Pianola music.

Aile Asszonyi has performed at Estonian National Opera "Estonia", Nargen Opera, "Vanemuine" Theater, Vienna Chamber Opera,  Moscow New Opera, Amsterdam Concertgebow and concert halls in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Russia, Latvia, Sweden, and Finland. She has participated in numerous festivals: Newport Music Festival (USA, 2004), Belgrade Bemus Festival (Serbia, 2004),  Zagreb Biennale (Croatia, 2007).

Ms. Asszonyi was a finalist of Queen Elisabeth competition 2004 in Belgium and has been honored by the Estonian Music Council with the "Interpretation Prize 2007" annual award in recognition of her significant contribution to Estonian music art.

 



Mati Turi  (tenor) has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music as choral conductor. Since 1992 as a soloist of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir he has sung on many prestigious stages of the world and has appeared on stage with the world's leading orchestras, including the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, and a host of others. He is invited to preform regularly by the finest conductors, among them Eric Ericson, Howard Arman, Herbert Böck, Paul Hillier, Andrew Lawrence, Tõnu Kaljuste, Eric Klas and Olari Ets.

Thanks to his musical talent and skillful mastery of his voice, the repertoire of Mati Turi includes works from the baroque age to the music created by modern composers.
His repertoire includes all the passions by Bach, the Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, cantatas and masses; Handel's Jephta, Judas Macabeus, Messiah and Saul; in A. Pärt's The Passion of St. John, Litany, etc; Adams' opera Nixon in China (the role of Mao), Stravinski's Oedipus Rex, B. Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, as well as the Requiems by Verdi, Berlioz and Mozart, etc.
His repertoire includes also chamber-music: songs by Brahms, Schubert and Schumann.
In 2002, Mati Turi was granted the annual award of the Estonian Cultural Endowment for his solo roles in the performances of numerous major musical compositions on Estonian concert stages.

 In 2002, Mati Turi was granted the annual award of the Estonian Cultural Endowment for his solo roles in the performances of numerous major musical compositions on Estonian concert stages. In 2002, Mati Turi was awarded the Annual Prize of the Estonian Culture Foundation for his solo work in numerous oratorios.

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