photo: Tanel Meos

photo: Tanel Meos


Aile Asszonyi is an Estonian dramatic soprano. She studied singing at the Estonian Academy of Music, the Opera Studio Amsterdam and the academy of Carlo Bergonzi in Italy. She was a finalist of the 2004 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium receiving “Prix des Donateurs du Concours Reine Elisabeth” and received several opera awards in her native country.

She started her career in the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and made her opera debut in 2000 as Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Before changing to the dramatic repertoire, she sang roles such as Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Maria in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, Miss Jessel in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Armida in Haydn’s Armida, Giovanna in Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Rosalinde in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Amelia in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata, Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème, Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust, Woman in Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Wallenberg, Manon in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, Liza in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, Ghita in Zemlinky’s Der Zwerg and Leonora in Beethoven’s Fidelio.

Aile Asszonyi also sang in two world premières of Isidora Zebeljan, Zora in Zora D. and Kali in Dve glave i devoijka and the world première of Sofia Gubaidulina’s oratorio Über Liebe und Hass.

Currently her repertoire consists of roles such as Venus and Elisabeth (double-role) in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Madre in Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero, Frau in Hindemith’s Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen, Prothoe in Penthesilea by Othmar Schoeck, Aida in Verdi’s Aida, Senta in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco, third Norn and Gutrune in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung and Elektra in Strauss’ Elektra.

She has worked with the conductors Jüri Alperten, Daniel Hoyem Cavazza, José Cura, Olari Elts, Mihhail Gerts, Risto Joost, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Tõnu Kaljuste, Eri Klas, Mihkel Kütson, Paul Mägi, Premil Petrovic, David Porcelijn, Daniel Reuss, Gintaras Rinkevicius, Vello Pähn, Lauri Sirp, Bojan Sudjic, Leon Botstein, Tom Woods, Arvo Volmer, Andres Mustonen, Dirk Kaftan and with the stage directors Stefan Herheim, Hans Nieuwenhuis, Nicola Raab, David Pountney, Marcel Sijm, Dmitry Bertman, Arne Mikk, Neeme Kuningas, Michiel Dijkema, Walter Sutcliffe, Ran A. Braun, Roman Hovenbitzer, Andrejs Zagars, Daniel Slater, Tobias Kratzer, Pamela Recinella, Rares Zaharia, Paul Esterházy, Enrico Lübbe and Peter Konwitschny.

She has performed regularly at the Estonian National Opera. Furthermore she has performed at Teatro Siena, Kammeroper Wien, Novaya Opera Moscow, Theatre Vanemuine Tartu, Nargen Opera, Birgitta Opera Festival, Newport Music Festival USA, 69ª Settimana Musicale Senese, Music Biennale Zagreb, Belgrade Bemus Festival, Belarus State Opera, Latvian National Opera, Lithuanian National Opera, Opera Graz, Theater Regensburg, Grafenegg Festival, Theater Bonn, Dutch National Touring Opera and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Aile Asszonyi’s latest CD recording as Madre in Il Prigioniero (Dallapiccola) was well received. This is a production of the Oper Graz / Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester with conductor Dirk Kaftan (Oehms Classics).

In the season 2019-2020 Aile Asszonyi will make her debut as third Norn and Gutrune in Götterdämmerung at the State Theater Oldenburg (première 28 September 2019), as Fata Morgana in The Love for Three Oranges at the Theater Koblenz (première 7 March 2020) and as Leonore in Fidelio at the State Theater Braunschweig (première 2 May 2020). Furthermore she will sing Abigaille in Nabucco at the Theater Koblenz, Senta in Der fliegende Holländer at the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn and the double-role of Venus/Elisabeth in Tannhäuser at the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn. In the season 2020-2021 Aile Asszonyi will make her debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in a new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Aile Asszonyi lives with her husband and son in The Netherlands.