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Aile Asszonyi (2007).

Aile Asszonyi (born 22 July 1975, Väike-Maarja Parish) is an Estonian classical soprano who has an active career as an opera and concert singer. She was a finalist of the 2004 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium and has been honored by the Estonian Music Council with the "Interpretation Prize" in 2007; an annual award given in recognition of an artist who has made a significant contribution to Estonian music.[1]

Asszonyi studied singing at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Matti Pelo and Helin Kapten, earning her M.A. in 2002. She was a member of the young artist program at De Nederlandse Opera until 2004 where she was a pupil of Henny Jana Diemer. She also studied in the prestigious private academy of Carlo Bergonzi in Italy.[2]

Asszonyi started her career in the famous Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (1995–1998). She made her operatic debut in 2000 as Despina in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Così fan tutte at Theatre Vanemuine. She has since been highly active as an opera singer in her native country, singing such roles as Adina in Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Leonora in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Miss Jessel in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Violetta in La traviata, and the title roles in Haydn’s Armida, Verdi's Giovanna d’Arco, and Puccini’s Suor Angelica among others. She also notably sang the title role in the world premiere of Isidora Žebeljan's Zora D.[2]

Asszonyi has performed at the Nargen Opera, 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), Music Biennale Zagreb (Croatia, 2007). She is currently engaged at the Estonian National Opera where she is scheduled to sing the roles of Amelia in Giuseppe Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte, and Woman in Erkki-Sven Tüür's Wallenberg during the 2009–2010 season.[3]




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