In 2007 the 2nd PromFest (Pärnu International Opera Music Festival) took place.
In collaboration with the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, the second workshop by Ingrid Kremling from the University of Theatre and Music of Hamburg was conducted.
An exclusive concert was given by the main guest of the festival, world-famous soprano Barbara Hendricks.
The audience was charmed and the encores seemed to have no end: after Granados came Délibes' glittering "Spanish Song", showing the singer's where explosive temperament and brilliant high register. The evening ended with the most perfect rendition of Schubert's "Ave Maria" that I have ever heard in a live performance.
Tiiu Leval – Sirp, 15th of July 2007
In Pärnu Town Hall a successful solo concert of the beloved Russian basso Yevgeni Nesterenko took place. The traditional Klaudia Taev Memorial Concert was held in Villa Ammende. The festival ended on the 8th of June with a gala concert in the Pärnu Concert Hall.
It seems unbelievable that such a modest small-scale event has grown in scope to the level it now has. Toomas Kuter's enthusiastic initiative has become a nationwide event: ETV's and Klassikaraadio's broadcasts have made participation possible for all opera fans.
Tiiu Levald – Sirp, 15th of July 2007
The fifth competition took place in Pärnu from the 4th to 8th of July in 2007.
The jury was led by world-famous Barbara Hendricks.
The jury was led by world-famous soprano Barbara Hendricks. There were 85 participants from 21 countries including Estonia, Canada, Russia, Spain, South Korea, Ukraine, Lithuania, China, Finland, Japan, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Latvia, Greece, Italy, Belarus, Georgia, Israel, Malaysia and Cyprus.
First place honors went to South Korean tenor Ji-Min Park (see picture), 2nd place to Veronika Dzhioyeva from Russia, and 3rd place was shared by Beslarussian baritone Ilya Silchukov and Estonian tenor Oliver Kuusik.
There is no doubt that Bizet's "Carmen," staged during the Pärnu Opera Music Festival, is a huge event in our small cultural environment. Pehk's, Matvere's and Nurms' "Carmen" is not an out-of-date or ethnographic spectacle. It is contemporary, stylized theatre with no fear of mischief.
Andres Laasik, Ruth Alaküla –
The strongest scenes of the play were the ones with two characters that were perfectly put together and worked out – as if a camera had zoomed in on the characters and magnified every change of thoughts and feelings. Matvere achieved vivd communication between people on the stage, and one's reaction produced the other's, generating the entire chain of events.
Kristel Pappel – Eesti Ekspress, 28th of May 2007
The third opera project in Endla was Bizet's immortal masterpiece, "Carmen". The title role was sung by the winners of the previous competition Anzhelina Shvachka from Ukraine and Huiling Zhu from China. The opera was performed five times in Pärnu, with an additional guest performance in Jõhvi Concert Hall. It was directed by Marko Matvere, artistic work was done by Madis Nurms and choreography by Marina Kesler.