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Kadi Jürgens is an exceptional young Estonian mezzo-soprano, laureate of the PLMF Music Trust award by Marje and Kuldar Sink “Young Singer 2018”. Her music studies started at Tallinn Music High School with violin and flute. Since 2014 she has been pursuing classical singing at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT, Prof. Taimo Toomast, Nadežda Kurem and Eva Märtson-Wilson) and in addition learning contemporary free improvisation (Prof. Anne-Liis Poll). Kadi spent the academic year 2018/19 as an exchange student in Belgium at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (RCA, Prof. Gary Jankowski, Lucienne Van Dyke). Her singing journey is continuing at the International Opera Academy in Ghent, Belgium.
She has taken part in several masterclasses held by renowned opera singers and vocal coaches from Estonia, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, USA, Russia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland, Sweden (Pille Lill, Wilma Vernocchi, Margareta Haverinen Brandt, Marie Vassiliou, Maciej Pikulski, Kristian Attila, Maria Ljudko, Sofia Mazar etc). In 2015 she was given a scholarship from Italy and in 2017 from Estonia (Mati Palmi fond) to take part in Wilma Vernocchi masterclasses in Italy.
During her studies at the EAMT Kadi has sang opera roles such as La Maestra Delle Novizie in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (2016), Mrs Grose in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (2016), Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (2016) and Orlando in Händel’s Orlando (2018). In 2017 she made her debut at the Theatre Vanemuine as Andromache in Märt-Matis Lill’s Into the Fire and in 2019 at the RCA as Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring.
Kadi has also performed as a soloist with Oulu Symphony Orchestra (2018) and worked with many eminent conductors and directors (Giorgio Proietti, Michiel Delanghe, Paul Mägi, Taavi Kull, Ingrid Roose, Stephan Jöris, Hermann Keckeis, Benoît De Leersnyder, Laura Kalle, Taago Tubin etc). Contemporary music has always had a great influence on her as a singer and an artist, thus already several distinguished composers from Estonia and abroad have written music for her.