PÄRNU INTERNATIONAL OPERA MUSIC FESTIVAL PROMFEST since 2005.



PromFest grew out of Klaudia Taev International Competition for Young Opera Singers, which was created in 1996 and remains one of the main events of the festival. This year marks the tenth time that the competition will be held, bringing to Pärnu, as it always does, numerous young singers from all over the world.

The jury is made up of world-renowned opera experts: singers, teachers, conductors, representatives of opera theatres and agencies. Barbara Hendricks, Edda Moser, Yevgenii Nesterenko, Karan Armstrong-Friedrich, Teresa Zylis-Gara, Ileana Cotrubas, Sergei Leiferkus, Luana DeVol, Irina Arkhipova are those well-known singers who have been involved in the festival.

The main attraction of PromFest is the yearly operatic production, in which the leading roles are performed by prizewinners from previous Klaudia Taev Competitions. Productions mounted so far include "Rigoletto" (2003, directed by Linnar Priimägi), "Demon" (2005, Mati Unt), "Carmen" (2007, Marko Matvere), "Thais" (2009, Mai Murdmaa), "Attila" (2011, Üllar Saaremäe), "The Tsar's Bride" (2013, Teet Kask), "Aida" (2015, Madis Nurms), "La Traviata" (2017, Anu Lamp) and  "I Capuletti e i Montecchi" (2019, Katrin Tegova).


In addition to the competition, the opera production and various concerts, PromFest will feature a workshop for singers at the Estonian Academy of Music. Also, video recordings of previous performances will be screened.

PromFest was created in order to broaden the creative opportunities for young opera singers, to bring high-level operatic artists to Estonia, and to help develop the image of Estonia within the world of opera and thereby expand cultural tourism and bring younger generations of Estonians closer to opera.
The festival is organised by NGO PromFest, whose main partners are the Endla Theatre (Pärnu), Kaunas State Musical Theatre (Lithuania), Theatre Vanemuine (Tartu, Estonia), Ammende Villa (Pärnu).
The artistic director of PromFest is conductor Erki Pehk.