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 Conservatory of Tallinn, the Lithuanian Music Academy and the Estonian Music Academy. She appears regularly for Estonian National Opera, where her roles have included Amneris (Aida), title role and Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), the title role of Rinaldo, Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), and Paulina (The Queen of Spades). Other appearances include Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Paulina for Israeli Opera, Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Paulina, Voice from Above (Parsifal) and Serving Woman/Voice of an Unborn Child (Die Frau ohne Schatten) for Finnish National Opera and Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), Olga (Eugene Onegin) and Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Opéra de Baugé in France.
Liiv’s notable concert appearances include Sibelius’s Kullervo Symphony with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Dvorák’s Requiem in Tel Aviv, Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 and Penderecki’s Dies illa with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and appearances in France, Canada, Finland, Lithuana, Costa Rica and the USA with conductors including Elder, Latham-Koenig, Oren, Pappano and Rizzi.