Long-serving National opera conductor Jüri Alperten has died, after a long period of illness. He was 63.
Alperten had been a conductor at the National Opera (Rahvusooper) since 1985, becoming its chief-conductor for2002-2004, and was also the chief conductor of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater (EAMT) Symphony Orchestra, 1994-2000, and Chief Conductor of the Pärnu City Orchestra (Pärnu Linnaorkester) 1998-2019.
Jüri Alperten was also professor of conducting at the EAMT.
He conducted over 50 stage works in his career, including operas, ballets, operettas.
His last work on the National Opera stage was one of his favorites, the Rimsky-Korsakov opera "The Tsar's bride".
Jüri Alperten had continued to work right until the end, and was involved in the forthcoming production of Anna Karenina, a ballet by Marina Kesler set to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, which premieres next week.
Editor: Roberta Vaino, Andrew Whyte