Comic opera CRISIS.                                                                       Biographies

On 4 and 5 August at 7 p.m.

A story about the crisis of a small person in a big world

‘Crisis’ is a comedy opera in which the main character – the renowned opera singer Barichello – finds himself in the middle of a personal crisis. In addition to losing his amazing voice, his family is also torn apart when he falls in love with a young pop musician, Madonna. Blinded by love, he ignores the warnings of oracle Orachello, and the crisis takes on ever greater proportions.


Veiko Tubin is a freelance director, actor, and composer. He graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre drama school in 2006 and worked at the Tallinn City Theatre for 10 years after that. Since 2017, he has been working as a freelancer.

Music has been a part of Veiko Tubin's life since a young age. From the age of six, he sang in the Estonia Boys' Choir (formerly the Estonian Boys' Choir, conducted by Venno Laul). He has also studied in the music special class of Lydia Rahula at Tallinn 21st School.

Tubin has directed several major television projects and was one of the creators and directors of the 2017 Youth Song Festival "Mina jään". Under his guidance, musical productions such as "Hakkame, mehed, minema" (2019), "Idomeneo" (2021), and "Lalli ehk Mere keskel on mees" (2022) have been created. In addition, he has created musical designs and original music for more than 40 productions and received the Estonian Theatre Award for Best Original Music in 2014.

Veiko Tubin has been recognized twice with the Tallinn City Theatre Colleague Award for Best Supporting Performance on stage, and in 2020, he received the Estonian Choir Association's Achievement of the Year Award for the production "Hakkame, mehed, minema". He has published a poetry collection titled "Esimene" and a music album titled "Muusikat Tallinna Linnateatri lavastustele". Veiko Tubin has also hosted the television show "Kontakt".


Veiko Tubin / Foto: Kairit Leibold 


Tõnu Kaljuste is a world-renowned choir and orchestra conductor. His most historic achievement to date is the Grammy for Best Choral Performance for the Arvo Pärt album “Adam’s Lament” in 2014. His recordings have had a number of Grammy nominations in various categories from opera (“David and Bathsheba” of the Norwegian composer Ståle Kleiberg) to symphonic music. In 2019 he won the International Classical Music Award for the recording of Arvo Pärt’s symphonies with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra. Kaljuste’s recordings

have won several other prestigious prizes such as the Cannes Classical Award (1999), Diapason d’Or (2000), Edison Musical Award (2000) and Classic BRIT Award (2003). He has recorded for the ECM Records, Virgin Classic, BIS and Caprice Records labels.

Collaboration with leading orchestras and choirs in Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA has added an extra dimension to Kaljuste’s international renown. Kaljuste has been the Principal Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir and the Swedish Radio Choir and was named Conductor Laureate of the latter in 2019. Tõnu Kaljuste served as Professor and Chair of the Conducting Faculty of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre from 2010 to 2020. He is the

founder of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (1993) and since the 2019/20 season once again its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director. Kaljuste founded the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in 1981 and is back after 20 years, from August 2021 as its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director. Kaljuste has served as Artistic Director of Nargen Opera, the project theatre that he launched, since 2004 and led Nargenfestival, a notable event in Estonia’s musiccalendar, since 2006. From 2022, Kaljuste is also the artistic director of the Birgitta Festival, organized by the Tallinn Philharmonic Society.


Tõnu Kaljuste / Foto: Kaupo Kikkas


Kristjan Suits is an Estonian film and theatre artist. He studied multimedia design at Aarhus Technical College in Denmark, lighting design at the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy, and film scenography at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Suits began his career as a film artist working on student and short films, followed by feature films such as "Puhastus" (Purge) (2012, assistant art director), "Kerttu" (2013, art director alongside Jaagup Roomet), and "Risttuules" (In the Crosswind) (2014, construction master). 

Kristjan Suits has worked as the video and lighting manager at Ugala Theatre (2015-2018) and was the author and one of the initiators of UBB (Ugala black box), which was recognized with an annual award by the Estonian Cultural Endowment. Since 2018, Suits has been the chief artist at the Tallinn City Theatre. He has created numerous stage, video, and lighting designs for various Estonian theaters and has also worked as an artist for the Song Festival and the Estonian Republic Day concert. He has also tried his hand at directing, and in 2020, his debut production of Jean Cocteau's "The Human Voice" from 1928 was presented on the stage of the City Theatre and on the Elisa web platform. 

Kristjan Suits has received several theater awards, including the Estonian Republic Culture Award for his creative work in 2018 and the Estonian Theatre Award for Best Artist in 2020.


Kristjan Suits / Foto: Kris Süld


Iris Oja is a freelance singer and choir conductor. As a master's degree holder in opera singing, she also enjoys making music with her ensemble colleagues and exploring the musical relationships between different musicians' voices and personalities.

Iris Oja has a long-standing creative connection with Paul Hillier. She is a member of the international vocal ensemble Theatre of Voices, led by Hillier, and is involved in several of his choirs as both a singer and a choir conductor. She also has close ties with the Portuguese early music ensemble Ludovice, the Helsinki Chamber Choir, and the Finnish early music ensemble Aurore. In Estonia, her recent frequent collaborators include pianist Kadri-Ann Sumera, the ensemble Yxus, and the Estonian National Male Choir. Iris has been a singer in the unique Estonian new music ensemble Resonabilis, and from 2000 to 2011, she was a singer and soloist in the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. However, she considers Estonian composers to be her most important musical collaborators. Almost all of Estonia's prominent composers have written works for her, which Iris has often recorded and performed repeatedly in concerts. Although she enjoys singing music from different eras, she is best known for her interpretation of contemporary music.

In addition to her work with various ensembles, Iris Oja also performs as a soloist and is a recognized performer of large-scale works. She has released several solo albums and has participated in numerous choir recordings. In addition, she conducts workshops for composers and singers and is involved in music journalism as a hobby.


Iris Oja / Foto: Kaupo Kikkas


Maria Listra (soprano) is a vocal artist who combines various forms of music theater and culture in her creative career, ranging from chamber music to opera, and from early music to contemporary works. She graduated from Chigwell School in London in 2008 and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2011.

Maria Listra has performed in concert series in major concert halls throughout Estonia, participated in opera and musical projects, sung a diverse repertoire of chamber music, and performed oratorios. Since 2014, she has been an active guest soloist at the Vanemuine Theatre. Her roles include Roxane (Tamberg's "Cyrano de Bergerac"), Zerlina (Mozart's "Don Giovanni"), Linda (Kaumann's "Department Store"), Franziska Cagliari (J. Strauss's "Viennese Blood"), Linda (Donizetti's "Linda di Chamounix"), Prl Silberklang (Mozart's "The Impresario"), Christine (Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera"), Johanna (Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd"), Cosette (Schönberg's "Les Misérables"), and Woman (Lill's "Tulleminek"). She has also performed the role of the First Lady in Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" at the Estonian National Opera and Lydia Koidula in Alo Põldmäe's chamber opera "Emajõe ööbikud" at the Tartu New Theatre. In the summer of 2022, Maria Listra performed the role of Sinikka in the premiere of Veljo Tormis and Rasmus Puur's opera "Lalli or There is a Man in the Middle of the Sea" at the Birgitta Festival. In the autumn of this year, she will portray Cleopatra in Handel's opera "Julius Caesar" at the Vanemuine Theatre.

In addition to theater projects, Listra has given masterclasses, lectures, seminars, and individual lessons on various cultural and interpretation topics.


Maria Listra / Foto: Rasmus Kull



Tamar Nugis (baritone) has studied singing at the Heino Eller Music School under the guidance of Vivian Kallaste and graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2016, completing his master's degree in the singing class of Taavi Tampuu. He has furthered his studies at the Sibelius Academy and has participated in numerous masterclasses. Since 2020, he has been a soloist at the Estonian National Opera. In 2013, he won the 2nd National Vello Jürna Competition and received the Special Prize for Best Song. In 2022, Tamar Nugis was awarded the Tiit Kuusik Prize by the Estonian Society of Estonia, along with a scholarship from the Estonian National Culture Fund. In the same year, he also received the SEB Audience Award for Best Male Soloist. 

His roles at the Estonian National Opera include Malatesta (Donizetti's "Don Pasquale"), Count Almaviva (Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro"), Papageno (Mozart's "The Magic Flute"), Count Danilo (Lehár's "The Merry Widow"), Mercutio (Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet"), and Jupiter (Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld"). At the Vanemuine Theatre, he has performed as Don Giovanni (Mozart's "Don Giovanni"), Count Zedlau (Strauss's "Viennese Blood"), Javert (Schönberg's "Les Misérables"), Sharpless (Puccini's "Madama Butterfly"), Juhan (Lill's "Tulleminek"), and Salieri (Rimsky-Korsakov's "Mozart and Salieri").

As a soloist in large-scale works, he has performed in Tamberg's "Amores," Beethoven's 9th Symphony, "Cantatas on the Death of Emperor Joseph II" and "Cantatas on the Elevation of Leopold II to the Imperial Throne," Rossini's "Stabat Mater," Puccini's "Messa di Gloria," Purcell's "Ode to St. Cecilia," Zeisl's "Requiem Ebraico," Saint-Saëns's "Christmas Oratorio," Charpentier's "Te Deum," Schubert's Mass in E-flat major, and Fauré and Tobias-Duesberg's Requiems.


Tamar Nugis / Foto: Olga Makina



Heldur Harry Põlda (tenor) is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (First Class Honours) where he studied under the tutelage of David Pollard and Ruby Philogene. He began his music studies at the Tallinn Music High School, where he studied choral conducting under the tutelage of Hirvo Surva and the violin with Prof. Mari Tampere-Bezrodny.

Heldur Harry made his singing debut at the Estonian National Opera at 8 years old and has performed various opera and musical theatre roles since then. He joined the Estonian National Opera ensemble as a soloist in 2019, his recent roles include Ivan Lykov (“The Tsar’s Bride”), Camille de Rosillon (“The Merry Widow”), Tybalt (“Romeo and Juliet”), Orpheus (“Orpheus in the Underworld”) and Tamino (“The Magic Flute”).

In 2008, Põlda won the Estonian Culture Endowment Award for the role of Miles in Britten’s opera “The Turn of the Screw”. In 2010, he won the Estonian Choral Association’s Cooperation Award and in 2013 the Estonian National Culture Foundation Georg Ots Scholarship. In 2022, he won the 2nd place at the 29th Lions European Thomas Kuti Music Competition in Zagreb.


Heldur Harry Põlda / Foto: Rasmus Kull


Raiko Raalik (bass) studied singing at Heino Eller Music School with Taisto Noor and at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Taavi Tampuu. In 2013, he participated in the youth project “OPERAtion VOX” and in 2015–2019 he sang in the Savonlinna Opera Festival Chorus. He is improving himself under the tutelage of Janet Williams-Brent and cooperates regularly with Vanemuine Theatre. In 2017, he won the 3rd place at the PLMF Vocal Contest

and received the Special Prize of the Estonian National Opera. In the season 2017/18, he was a grantee of the Estonian National Opera and since autumn 2018, he is a soloist with the theatre. In 2017, he received the 3rd prize and the special prize of the Estonian National Opera at the National Singers’ Competition by PLMF. In 2020, he received the first place at Vello Jürna

Singing Competition and the special prize from PromFest, Estonia Concert and Vanemuine Theatre. His repertoire includes, among others, Puccini’s Colline (“La bohème”), Billy Jackrabbit (“La fanciulla del West”), Angelotti (“Tosca”), Mozart’s Figaro (“Le Nozze di Figaro”) and Leporello (“Don Giovanni”), Donizetti’s Dulcamara (“L’elisir d’amore”), Gounod’s Wagner (“Faust”) and Father Laurent (“Romeo et Juliette”), Verdi’s Ferrando (“Il trovatore”), Wagner’s

Herruufer (“Lohengrin”), Tamberg’s Cyrano (“Cyrano de Bergerac”), Nyman’s Dr. P (“Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat”).


Raiko Raalik / Foto: Olga Makina


Tallinn Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1993 by conductor Tõnu Kaljuste. In three decades it has become one of Estonia’s signature orchestras and a welcome guest performer on numerous stages in Europe and all over the world.

TCO has gained regard for its artistically integral programmes, style-sensitive play and mastery of interpretation, TCO’s musicians are highly rated string players, who also regularly perform as

soloists and chamber musicians.

Tallinn Chamber Orchestra has a long-standing cooperation with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir – joint performances and recordings have gained international fame and recognition for both parties. In 1993, conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste they recorded Arvo Pärt’s “Te Deum” for the ECM record company. The record earned high ratings from the world’s leading

music critics and remained for months in the top ten of record sales.

Tõnu Kaljuste was the orchestra’s chief conductor in 1993–1995 and 1996–2001 and started again from September 2019. Finnish conductor Juha Kangas collaborated with the orchestra as the chief conductor in 1995–1996 and and artistic adviser in 2001–2003. The following decade

was curated by Tallinn Philharmonic Society’s artistic director Eri Klas. 2013–2019 the orchestras chief conductor was Risto Joost.

As guest conductors, the following highly rated professionals have collaborated with TCO: John Storgårds, Pietari Inkinen, Kolja Blacher, Okko Kamu, Jaakko Kuusisto, Richard Tognetti, Terje Tonnesen, Alexander Rudin, Florian Donderer, Dmitri Sitkovetski, Peter Spissky, Maxim Rysanov, , Dmitri Sinkovski; also Estonian conductors like Olari Elts, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, Kristjan Järvi, Vello Pähn, and many others.

TCO has performed in many music festivals – Budapest Autumn Festival (2005), Festival Cervantino (Mexico, 2012), Vale of Glamorgan Festival (Wales, 2015), MDR Musiksommer (Germany 2017), Euphonie (Poland, 2018), Naantali Music Festival (2019) Mozartiana Gdansk (2019), Baltic Sea Festival Stockholm (2018,2019), MITO SettembreMusica (Milan/Turin, 2004, 2017, 2021), Pärt Festival Amsterdam(2022), Bydgoszcz Music Festival (Poland, 2022) etc.

Concert tours have taken the orchestra to the USA, Canada, Japan, China, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Tunis, Turkey and most European countries.

In 2013 Tallinn Chamber Orchestra received the Estonia Music Council’s Prize for Interpretation.

TCO is one of performers on Arvo Pärt’s record “Adam’s Lament”, which won a Grammy in 2014.


TKO / Foto: Kaupo Kikkas