Ille Saar, Soprano - Pace, pace mio dio (Leonora) - Forza del destino - Giuseppe Verdi
Ille Saar, Soprano - Dein blaues Auge - Op.59 No.8 - Johannes Brahms
Ille Saar, Soprano - Voi lo sapete, o mamma (Santuzza) - Cavalleria Rusticana - Pietro Mascagni
Ille Saar, Soprano - Morrò, ma prima in grazia - Un ballo in maschera - Giuseppe Verdi
Ille Saar, Soprano - Nokturn - Tuudur Vettik
She has studied vocal techniques and interpretation with well-known artists such as F. Patanè, R. Bruson, H. Keckeis (Mozarteum), G. Ravazzi, H. Gjerris, N. Shetler, K. von Binzer, K. Buhl Moller, M. Shaguch.
Frequently lauded for her powerful yet flexible voice capable of adapting to very different repertoire, she is considered one the most promising Nordic sopranos of the young generation. Besides theatre roles, thanks to her international musical studies, she is often performing in recitals and concerts singing a wide repertoire (from Italian bel canto arias to 20th century modern pieces) in almost every European language. She is a perfectionist in the Italian phrasing and pronunciation and has a keen interest in the history of Italian Opera, which was also the subject of her Bachelor thesis. She has appeared many times at the Estonian National Radio, including singing Puccini and Catalani for the International Day of Music.
Ille is recipient of various grants, including National Opera’s Young Artist’s Award Naan Põld (2014), Erasmus scholarship at Conservatory of Milan G. Verdi (2015), Nomination as Most Promising Young Musician at Orvieto International Opera Competition (2015), Hans Teetlaus Award assigned by The Estonian National Culture Foundation (2015), semi-finalist at “Pelizzoni” International Opera Competition (2017), Italian Foreign Ministry’s Study Grant at Conservatory of Milan (2016 to 2018).
She first appeared at Estonian National Opera in 2013, with a small part in “Il matrimonio segreto” (D. Cimarosa), staged by G. Bongiovanni. On her 2014 graduation she performed selections from Puccini's “La bohème” as Mimì, Tchaikovsky's “Eugene Onegin” as Tatiana and Leoncavallo's “Pagliacci” as Nedda. At Conservatory of Milan G. Verdi she has prepared several roles in stages with the Milan G. Verdi Symphony Orchestra, that include Puccini's title roles in “Tosca” and “Manon Lescaut”, and with I Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra, singing Donna Elvira in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”. Recently she has started performing as leading soprano in complete operas staged in Italy. She made her debut in Mascagni's “Cavalleria rusticana” as Santuzza in 2017 at Sissa Castle (Parma, Italy) and after being hailed for her powerful dramatic soprano voice she was called to sing the same role again in 2018 at Reggia di Colorno (Parma, Italy). She debuted Verdi's Leonora di Vargàs from “La forza del destino” in 2018 at Teatro Astra di San Donà (Venice, Italy).
Her roles include main soprano roles in Mascagni's “Cavalleria rusticana” (Santuzza), Verdi's “Il trovatore”, “La forza del destino”, “Un ballo in maschera” and “Aida”, Puccini's “Tosca”, “Manon Lescaut” and “La bohème” (Mimì), Bellini's “Norma” and Donizetti's “Anna Bolena”, Mozart's “Le nozze di figaro” (Contessa) and “Don Giovanni” (Donna Elvira).
Among the highlights of her career as soprano both at theatres and concert venues, to be mentioned are the operatic performances with Santuzza and Leonora in front of a demanding Italian audience, and highly acclaimed concerts such as the one held for the opera friends of Teatro La Scala of Milan for the 100th Anniversary of Estonia. In the coming months she will debut Contessa (Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”) at the Estonian National Opera.
CV & Repertoire
|Musical Work||Role||Jump-in ready?||Company||Year|
|Verdi: Il Trovatore||Leonora||No||2019|
|Lieder Recital||Soprano||Milan Conservatory||2019|
|Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro||Contessa D'almaviva||Immediately||Estonian National Opera||2019|
|Lieder Recital||Soprano||Estonian Music and Theatre Academy||2019|