Pirjo Jonas

  • Since 2010 an opera soloist at the Vanemuine Theatre

Born 08.07.1980

Pirjo Jonas obtained her Master’s Degree in opera singing at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2009 in the class of senior lecturer Nadja Kurem. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tartu in English language and literature. Since 2010 she is an opera soloist at the Vanemuine Theatre.

Pirjo Jonas’s roles at the Vanemuine Theatre include: Johanna Barker (Sondheim/Jonas Sweeney Todd 2018), Pepi Pleininger (Strauss’s Viennese Blood), Juta (Aints’s Googlemoogledotcom), Woman (Lill’s Into the Fire), Madame Herz (Mozart’s The Impresario), Frasquita (Bizet’s Carmen), Carlotta Giudicelli (Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera), Sophie (Massenet’s Werther), Susanna (Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro), 1st soprano/Titania (Purcell’s The Fairy Queen), Cupid (Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers), Damon (Händel’s Acis and Galatea), etc. Her roles at the Estonian National Opera include Madeleine (Abraham’s Ball im Savoy), Oscar (Verdi’s Un ballo in Maschera) and Anastasia von Eggenberg (Kálmán’s Die Csárdásfürstin). Pirjo Jonas has soloed in the performances of several oratorical works and also regularly performs chamber music. She has cooperated with renowned conductors such as Nikolay Alekseyev, Normunds Vaicis, Ari Angervo, Anu Tali, Toomas Siitan, Lauri Sirp, Ants Soots, Risto Joost and Erki Pehk.

In 2011, Pirjo Jonas received an award for her portrayal of Susanna from the Estonian Theatre Union as a promising young singer. She is a finalist of the 7th Klaudia Taev Competition for Young Opera Singers where she was awarded a special prize for her performance of Schubert’s “Ave Maria”. In 2011, Pirjo Jonas also received the Bayreuth Scholarship from the Estonian branch of the International Richard Wagner Association.