Vello Viisimaa

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Vello Viisimaa
Born Vello Visman
(1928-01-01)1 January 1928
Tallinn, Estonia
Died 14 February 1991(1991-02-14) (aged 63)
Tallinn, Estonian SSR, USSR
Occupation Opera singer, actor
Years active 1944–1991
Spouse(s) Laine Tarmo
Teesi Mõtus

Vello Viisimaa (1 January 1928 – 14 February 1991) was an Estonian opera singer and stage actor who appeared mostly operettas.

Career

Vello Viisimaa was born in Tallinn, Estonia, the son of opera singer Aarne Viisimaa and Hilda Marie Viisimaa (née Hansen). He had one older brother, Uno Viisimaa. From 1944-80 he worked at the Estonia Theatre, from 1944 to 1949, he was a theater actor and stage manager, and from 1950-80 he was a soloist. He also performed with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.[1]

In addition to his stage roles, Viisimaa appeared in several popular Estonian television comedy films diected by Sulev Nõmmik, such as Mehed ei nuta (1968) and Noor pensionär (1972).[1]

Personal life

Vello Viisimaa was first married to Laine Viisimaa (née Tarmo). They had one daughter, Maris Kõrgema Viisimaa, before divorcing. He then married ballerina Teesi Viisimaa (née Mõtus) and the couple had one daughter, Piret Viisimaa.[2] During his later years, he would tutor drama students in Pajusi, where he had a summer home.[3] He died in 1991, aged 63, in Tallinn, and was buried at the city's Metsakalmistu Cemetery.[4]

Legacy

Following his death in 1991, Viisimaa was posthumously awarded the Meie Mats Memorial Award. In 2002, the Pajusi Community Center was opened in Jõgeva County with a marble memorial plaque of Vello Viisimaa.[5] In 2011, his widow, Teesi Viisimaa, released the biography Vello Viisimaa: Lauldes Vihmas, published by Tänapäev.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Tallinna Jaani Kogudus, II pihtkonna III personaalraamat; 1919-1940, ra.ee; accessed 21 December 2015.(Estonian)
  2. Käosaar, Vaike. Teesi ja Piret Viisimaa, vooremaa.ee, 10 May 2008; accessed 21 December 2015. (Estonian)
  3. Haudi. Kalmistute Register, kalmistud.ee; accessed 21 December 2015. (Estonian)
  4. Haudi. Kalmistute Register; accessed 21 December 2015.(Estonian)
  5. Õhtuleht. Vello Viisimaa sai mälestustahvli, ohtuleht.ee; accessed 21 December 2015. (Estonian)


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