Estonian National Opera performs powerful Requiem by Berlioz

On March 7, Estonian National Opera Orchestra and Chorus will perform a grand concert at the Estonian Concert Hall Under the baton of the artistic director and chief conductor Vello Pähn. Concert features Requiem by Hector Berlioz.  Soloist will be tenor Mehis Tiits.

The Requiem has been charactarized as an extraordinary and a grand work, but also as beautiful and heartbreaking. The original score has been composed for nearly 400 musicians, but nowadays it is mostly performed in a version adapted to the venue. Nevertheless, the piece will still sound powerful at the National Opera’s concert – in addition to Estonian National Opera Orchestra and Chorus, the Estonian National Male Choir and Chamber Choir Voces Musicales will also join the performance.

Hit musical „West Side Story“ performances both in Estonian and English!

On May 24, legendary musical „West Side Story“ by Leonard Bernstein will premiere at the Estonian National Opera. An outstanding double cast of the best Estonian and foreign musical actors, giving performances both in Estonian and English, will electrify audiences with such classic songs as “Maria”, “Tonight”, “Somewhere”, “America” and “I Feel Pretty”.

Performances in Estonian feature Hanna-Liina Võsa, Piret Krumm, Heldur Harry Põlda, Juss Haasma and Tamar Nugis. Starring in English cast: Jade Davies, Nicole Deon, Cameron Sharp, Davide Fienauri and Jeronimas Milius.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s tumultuous love story “Romeo and Juliet”, and set amidst the rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York, “West Side Story’s” revolutionary choreography and unforgettable score changed the face of musical theatre.

GALA: VANEMUINE BALLET AT 80

In 2019, we mark 80 years of ballet at the Vanemuine Theatre. It has been a colourful, fascinating, often complicated but endlessly beautiful time. We have always had interesting, distinctive repertoire throughout our history, and our dancers have excelled in performing it.

The Vanemuine ballet birthday gala is a deep bow to our audiences and ourselves – we perform significant and historical numbers (including from the productions by the legendary Ida Urbel and Ülo Vilimaa!) and audience favourites from more recent years.


3 March 2019
Grand Building of the Vanemuine
25 March 2019 Estonia National Opera
18 April 2019 Ugala Theatre

Estonian opera “The Colours of Clouds” on stage this season

On 22 September premiered a new Estonian opera „The Colours of Clouds“ by a young composer Rasmus Puur, at the Estonian National Opera. The performance has been a tremendous success. In order to that there are several performances taking place in this season.


“The Colours of Clouds” is a story of one family mirrors those of many Estonian families in the period of 1985–1991. The opera inquires whom the independence of Estonia was restored for if everyone now desires to move abroad.

Puccini’s opera “The Girl of the Golden West“ directed by José Cura

Puccini’s musical vision of the American West is vividly brought to life by one of the greatest operatic names of our time, José Cura – an Argentinean tenor, conductor, director, scenographer known for his intense and original interpretations of opera characters.

The main roles will be sung by Olga Mykytenko, Rauno Elp or Atlan Karp, Sergey Polyakov, Reigo Tamm or Mehis Tiits, Priit Volmer or Märt Jakobson, Juuli Lill or Helen Lokuta. The conductor is José Cura or Jüri Alperten.

Puccini’s gorgeous melodies and orchestral colours are set against the backdrop of a gold-mining frontier camp, where a poker-playing, pistol-carrying saloon owner Minnie finds herself in a love triangle with a handsome outlaw Dick Johnson alias José Ramirez and the sheriff Jack Rance, who is in hot pursuit of him. Minnie has to fight for her love and for the chance to start a new life with her love by her side.

Estonian opera „Estonian history. A nation born of shock“ on stage again!

Shock” will be on the Estonian National Opera’s stage once again. The opera is supported by the Estonian State and produced in cooperation with the Estonian National Opera and Kanuti Gildi SAAL.

The opera tells a story of a people and a land whose history has been affected by a great cosmic natural disaster, which caused them to inadvertently be the founders of the European culture since the early Iron Ages. Touch of good humor, modern music and great performance by the soloists offer a memorable Estonian opera experience.

THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

/Kaunitar ja koletis/
Musical

If you like good music and love fairy tales – magical, mysterious, beautiful storytelling and if you believe in love, Beauty and Beast is meant for you!
Georg Malvius, director

24.11.2018-30.03.2019, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu. 
11.01-13.04.2019, Alexela Concert Hall, Tallinn.

Performed in: Estonian
Surtitles on big screen: English, Finnish
App display languages: English, Finnish, Russian
Alexela Concert Hall screen: English, Finnish

WIENER BLUT

It gets in your blood and asks to be listened with your heart!

/Viini veri/
/Vienna Blood/
Operetta 


Madia’s Viennese Blood is visually, playfully and musically so enchantingly beautiful that everything else pales in comparison.
Auri Jürna, Sirp

22.09.2018-26.04.2019, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu
Performed in: Estonian
Surtitles on big screen: Estonian, English
App display languages: Estonian, English, Finnish, Russian

ROMEO AND JULIET

Showy and spectacular ballet based on motifs from the timeless Shakespeare play!

/Romeo ja Julia/
Ballet

The new Romeo and Juliet is worth seeing. This progressive and unique spectacle will surely go down in history as a turning point in contemporary ballet, an innovative work that integrates the deeper aspects of human existence with classical drama, a captivating musical accompaniment and inventive choreography.“
(Martina Doležalová, Nenudte.se, 16.11.2013)

Premiere 29.09.2018, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu.

World premiere 14.11.2013, Czech National Opera.

SWEENEY TODD

A musical! What other interesting things might a musical have to offer? Come to the show and find out. 

Musical of Stephen Sondheim

Sweeney Todd isn’t a cutesy story about meat pies: it’s a story of a screaming injustice and the revenge that follows. It may seem just and noble, but in the end, vengeance poisons the mind, and the people who are affected by it are buried under blood, insanity and a pile of bodies. But then the corpses disappear, and the appetizing aroma of baked goods comes wafting out of Mrs Lovett’s shop… 


02-17.06.2018, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu
Performed in: Estonian
Surtitles on big screen: English, Finnish
App display languages: English, Finnish, Russian

MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Puccini’s beautiful opera about love and honour.

Opera


For me the origin and destination of this production is music.
The music contains drama.
Listening to it, a dramatic plotline unfolds.
Everything else proceeds from music.
And the sun rises in the east.

Robert Annus, director

Premiere 16.03.2019, Vanemuine Small Building, Tartu.

Performed in: Italian
Surtitles on big screen: English, Estonian
App display languages: Estonian, English, Russian

LES MISÈRABLES

Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption!

/Hüljatud/
Musical of Boublil and Schönberg 


I didn’t even expect that I would be moved to tears – and in scenes that hadn’t previously had such a strong effect on me. In addition, discovering new musical actors and feeling exaltation over how beautiful, special and moving even old, familiar material can be if it is directed powerfully and performed and sung with soul and when the designers re at a world-class level.

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30.10.2018-24.03.2019, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu. 
26.10.2018-02.03.2019, Alexela Concert Hall, Tallinn.

Performed in: Estonian
Surtitles on big screen: English, Finnish
App display languages: Estonian, English, Finnish, Russian
Alexela Concert Hall screen: English, Finnish

MAMMA MIA!

A musical based on the hits made popular by the 1970s Swedish band ABBA.

Musical of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus

Jam-packed with the band’s peppy, well-crafted music, the production features the songs “Super Trouper”, “Lay All Your Love on Me”, “Dancing Queen”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “Thank You for the Music”, “Money, Money, Money”, “The Winner Takes It All”, “Voulez-Vous” and more. 

15.09.2108-10.05.2019, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu.

Performed in: Estonian
Surtitles on big screen: English, Finnish
App display languages: English, Finnish, Russian

Ballet “Catherine I”

Starring Alena Shkatula as Catherine I and Anatoli Arhangelski as Peter I.
How often does His Highness Chance determine the fate of a person? The topic fascinated the creators of the new ballet and the audience is given the chance to witness the birth of a stunning miracle. The ballet takes the viewer to a real fairy-tale world and tells the wonderful love story of a simple maiden from Estonia and the charismatic Russian emperor, Peter I. Miracles do happen – you simply must believe in them.
The production has been brought to the stage by a very exciting ensemble – a sought-after Choreographer and Stage Director, Artistic Director of the Estonian National Ballet Toomas Edur, a beloved Estonian composer Tauno Aints, librettist Irina Müllerson and designer Liina Keevallik. The first collaboration of this phenomenal artistic group took place in 2012 when the full-length ballet “Modigliani – the Cursed Artist” premiered at the Estonian National Opera.
The world premiere of “Catherine I” was held on March 15 in the Estonian National Opera.

Photo: Pille Riin Pettai

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