1 January 1928
|Died||14 February 1991
Tallinn, Estonian SSR, USSR
|Occupation||Opera singer, actor|
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.
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. During his later years, he would tutor drama students in Pajusi, where he had a summer home. He died in 1991, aged 63, in Tallinn, and was buried at the city's Metsakalmistu Cemetery.
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. In 2011, his widow, Teesi Viisimaa, released the biography Vello Viisimaa: Lauldes Vihmas, published by Tänapäev.
- Tallinna Jaani Kogudus, II pihtkonna III personaalraamat; 1919-1940, ra.ee; accessed 21 December 2015.(Estonian)
- Käosaar, Vaike. Teesi ja Piret Viisimaa, vooremaa.ee, 10 May 2008; accessed 21 December 2015. (Estonian)
- Haudi. Kalmistute Register, kalmistud.ee; accessed 21 December 2015. (Estonian)
- Haudi. Kalmistute Register; accessed 21 December 2015.(Estonian)
- Õhtuleht. Vello Viisimaa sai mälestustahvli, ohtuleht.ee; accessed 21 December 2015. (Estonian)
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