Estonian mezzo-soprano Monika-Evelin Liiv was a Jette Parker Young Artist for The Royal Opera 2007–9, singing Madame Popova (The Bear for Meet the Young Artists Week), Flora Bervoix (La traviata), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Mercédès (Carmen), Second Maid (Elektra), Ines (Il trovatore) and Gallery Owner (Lulu). She returns in the 2018–19 Season to sing Grimgerde (Die Walküre).
Liiv studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Lithuanian Music Academy. Her key appearances include Amneris (Aida), Paulina (The Queen of Spades), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), the title role and Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) and the title role of Rinaldo for Estonian National Opera, Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Paulina for Israeli Opera, Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Paulina, Voice from Above (Parsifal), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and Serving Woman/Voice of an Unborn Child (Die Frau ohne Schatten) for Finnish National Opera, Rinaldo in Moscow and Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), Olga (Eugene Onegin) and Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Opéra de Baugé in France.
Liiv has performed in concert in France, Canada, Finland, Estonia, Israel, Lithuania, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica and the USA, in repertory including Verdi’s Messa di Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony no.9, Mozart’s Requiem, Sibelius’s Kullervo and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, working with conductors including Pappano, Oren, Elder, Rizzi, Wilson, Ranzani, Latham-Koenig and Franck. She has twice won the Estonian Theatre Award for outstanding performance, and is the winner of the Estonian Cultural Endowment Award.