PromFest 2005

In 2005, an array of different music events took place around the competition and opera production. They consolidated under a single name and the Pärnu International Opera Music Festival (PromFest) was born.

In collaboration with the Estonian Music and Theatre Academy, an international workshop for opera singers was held. It concentrated on the interpretation of Mozart's operas and was open to everyone interested, including singing teachers. The workshop was conducted by Prof. Ingrid Kremling from the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg.

World-famous Russian bass Aleksander Vedernikov performed gave a charity concert in the Kõpu church, while the Klaudia Taev Memorial Concert took place in Villa Ammende, where her students, and their students, in turn, performed. The festival closed with a gala concert on the 5th of June in the Pärnu Concert Hall where the 21st Century Orchestra accompanied the finalists of the 4th Klaudia Taev Competition.

The 4th Klaudia Taev Competition

A competition started by students of a very enthusiastic singing teacher who worked in a small town years ago that looked like an event with of only local significance has grown into an international high-level competition for young singers.

Tiiu Levald – Sirp, 1st of July 2005

The fourth competition took place in Pärnu on 1 - 5 of June in 2005.

It gained publicity even outside of Europe. The jury was led by the legendary Romanian soprano Ileana Cotrubas (photo up). Compared to previous years there was a noticeable rise of interest in the competition among young Estonian singers.

30 out of 71 participants from 23 countries were chosen to compete. The countries represented were Austria, China, Holland, Ireland, Japan, Yugoslavia, Kazakhstan, Greece, Lithuania, South Africa, South Korea, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Great Britain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Hungary, Russia, and Estonia.

There was no first prize given, but the 2nd prize was divided between two mezzo-sopranos - Huiling Zhu from China and Anzhelina Schvachka from Ukraine. The 3rd prize was awarded to Polish soprano Ewa Biegas.

Opera production: "Demon" by Rubinstein

It is unquestionably the brightest opera production this year in this writer's opinion.
Heili Vaus-Tamm – Sirp, 12th of August 2005

"Demon" is youthful, with all of its small risks and great virtues deriving from it. It is a beautiful and living thing. The idea of the event and choice of material get maximum points, the execution provides the participants with the opportunity to remember their participation with gratitude and satisfaction even after years.

Alvar Loog – Postimees, 30th of May 2005

It was the second time that an opera with an international cast was staged in Theatre Endla in connection with the competition. This time it was Rubinstein's "Demon". The title role was performed by the previous competition's winner, Laimonas Pautienius from Lithuania. It was performed in Pärnu five times; in July a guest performance was given for the Kuressaare Opera Days. "Demon", directed by Mati Unt, was the last work of the legendary literary and theatre man.