BIOGRAPHY

Aile Asszonyi is an Estonian soprano lirico spinto with an active career as an opera and concert singer. She was born in Väike-Maarja, Lääne-Viru County. She studied singing at the  Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Ivo Kuusk, Matti Pelo and Helin Kapten, earning her M.A. in 2002. She was a member of the young artist program at Opera Studio Nederland until 2004, where she studied with Henny Jana Diemer. She also studied in the prestigious private academy of Carlo Bergonzi in Italy.

She was a finalist of the 2004 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium receiving “Prix des Donateurs du Concours Reine Elisabeth” 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. In 2010 and 2012 Asszonyi was awarded with annual Estonian Theatre Award for outstanding operatic performances and the Estonian National Opera and SEB annual Audience Award 2012.

She started her career in the famous Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (1995-1998). She made her operatic debut in 2000 as Despina in 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, Maria in  Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Leonora in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Miss Jessel in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and the title roles in Haydn’s Armida, Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco, Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Ghita in Zemlinkys Der Zwerg, Madre in Dallapiccolas Il Prigioniero and Prothoe in Penthesilea by Othmar Schoeck. She also notably sang in the world premieres of Isidora Žebeljan’s Zora D (title role) in 2003 and the role of Goddess Kali in Dve glave i devoijka in 2012. October 2016 she sang the world première of Sofia Gubaidulinas oratorio Über Liebe und Hass.

Since 2010, she is engaged at the Estonian National Opera Tallinn where her repertoire includes the roles of Amelia in Verdi’s
Un ballo in maschera, Violetta in Verdis La traviata, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Mimi in Puccini’s La bohème, Manon in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust, Rosalinde in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Venus and Elisabeth (double-role) in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Woman in Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Wallenberg, Liza in Tchaikovskys Queen of Spades, Aida in Verdis Aida and Senta in Wagners Der fliegende Holländer.

She has worked with the conductors Jüri Alperten, Daniel Hoyem Cavazza, José Cura, Olari Elts, Mihhail Gerts, Boudewijn Jansen, Risto Joost, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Tõnu Kaljuste, Jüri Ruut Kangur, Toomas Kapten, Eri Klas, Mihkel Kütson, Paul Mägi, Premil Petrovic, David Porcelijn, Daniel Reuss, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Kaisa Roose, Vello Pähn, Lauri Sirp, Bojan Sudjic, Arvo Volmer, Andres Mustonen, Dirk Kaftan and with the stage directors Stefan Herheim, Hans Nieuwenhuis, Nicola Raab, David Pountney, Marcel Sijm, Dmitry Bertman, Priit Pedajas, Liis Kolle, Arne Mikk, Neeme Kuningas, Michiel Dijkema, Walter Sutcliffe, Ran A. Braun, Roman Hovenbitzer, Andrejs Žagars, Daniel Slater, Tobias Kratzer, Pamela Recinella, Paul Esterházy and Peter Konwitschny.

She has performed at the Estonian National Opera, Teatro Siena, Kammeroper Wien, Novaya Opera Moscow, Theatre Vanemuine Tartu, Nargen Opera, Birgitta Opera Festival, Newport Music Festival USA, 69ª Settimana Musicale Senese Siena, Music Biennale Zagreb, Belgrade Bemus Festival, Belarus State Opera, Latvian National Opera, Lithuanian National Opera, Opera Graz, Theater Regensburg, Opera Bonn and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Among her future plans are performances for the Estonian National Opera Tallinn, 
the Theater Bonn, the Theater Regensburg and the Grafenegg Festival 2018.


Aile Asszonyi lives with her husband and son in The Netherlands.