In June 1 - 5, 2009 - the 6th Klaudia Taev International Competition for Young Singers took place. The 33 participants came from 20 countries: Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Serbia, South-Korea, Ukraine, USA and Estonia.
As a part of the Competition the opera production of Thais by J. Massenet was staged in Theatre Endla with the best singers of the previous the 5th Klaudia Taev Competition Veronika Dzhioeva (Russia), Ilya Silchukov (Belarus) and Oliver Kuusik (Estonia) performing in main roles.
Teresa Zylis-Gara (Poland) - Chairwoman of the Jury, soprano
Margarita Izvorska-Yelizareva (Belarus/Bulgaria) - State Academic Opera of Belarus , Artistic Director, professor
Ingrid Kremling (Germany) - University of Music and Theatre Hamburg, professor, soprano
Rilla Kyykkä (Finland) - Finnish National Opera, Artistic administrator
Alain Nonat (Canada) - Artistic Director of the Théatre Lyrichoréga 20 Montreal
Erki Pehk (Estonia) - Artistic Director of the Competition, Estonian National Opera, conductor
Vladimiras Prudnikovas (Lithuania) - Lithuanian National Opera, Lithuanian Academy of Music, professor, bass