ESTONIAN BOYS' CHOIR
The internationally acclaimed Estonian Boys' Choir was founded in 1971.
For thirty years the choir was directed by its founder, Professor Venno Laul. The choir has performed with symphony orchestras worldwide: Australia, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, U.S.A., and has appeared in numerous European music festivals.
In 1997 the Choir was adopted by the Estonian National Opera taking on a new name: The Estonian National Opera Boys' Choir. In 2001 Hirvo Surva was named Artistic Director and Main Conductor.
The choir is justly proud of its role in introducing and promoting Estonian music to audiences both at home and abroad, and of its performance of mainstream classical music at the highest professional standards. Under the baton of conductors of international standing the choir has performed with success in such major works as Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn´s Paulus, and many others.
For the more talented boys there are exceptional opportunities to sing in operas such as Carmen, Tosca, Othello and others. In 2003 the choir was awarded First Prize at the Choir Competition of Estonian Male Choir’s Association, and First Prize at the Llangollen Choir Competition in Wales, United Kingdom. The Boys' Choir took part in a distinguished international choir festival in June 2005 in The Czech Republic, Olomounc and won two gold medals.