Guest Stars Silja Aalto and Valentin Dytiuk in „La bohème“ by Puccini

On April 11 and 25, guest stars Silja Aalto and Valentin Dytiuk will be starring in Puccini’s opera „La bohème“. In recent years, both Aalto and Dytiuk have taken succesfully part in international competitions and been singing on reputable opera stages worldwide.

„La bohème“ premiered at the Estonian National Opera on October 29, 2010. The opera is staged by Ran Arthur Braun (Israel), the set designers are Ran Arthur Braun (Israel) and Riccardo Gallino (Italy), costume designer is Elo Soode and lightning designer is Neeme Jõe. Starring Silja Aalto (Mimi), Helen Lokuta (Musetta), Valentin Dytiuk (Rodolfo), Rauno Elp (Marcellano), Priit Volmer (Colline) etc. Conductor Arvo Volmer.


A tango of eternity that can continue forever as long as the dancers are game and Piazzolla’s tangos have not been exhausted.

/Armastuse tango ehk aegade lõpus/
Dance production

Mai Murdmaa’s dance production inspired by the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and featuring music by Astor Piazzolla.

Fermina and Florentino meet in their old age, at the funeral of Fermina’s husband. During the ceremony, they get a sense of the love they lost in their youth. The clock turns back. They relive their past lives, and rekindle their newfound love, even with death hanging in the background…

Premiere 06.04.2019 Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu.
World premiere 08.12.2002 Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu.

Premiere of „Romeo and Juliet“ by Sergey Prokofiev

On March 29, timeless ballet „Romeo and Juliet“ by Sergey Prokofiev will have its premiere. The story of “Romeo and Juliet” is the greatest tragic love story of all time. Shakespeare’s heartrending masterpiece is set to Prokofiev’s music and expressed by Edur’s innovative choreography.

The choreographer and stage director of „Romeo and Juliet“ is Thomas Edur. Designer is Iir Hermeliin and lighting designer Rasmus Rembel. Conductors are Kaspar Mänd, Lauri Sirp and Vello Pähn.

2019/2020 season of Estonian National Opera on sale now

The season starts on 14 August with the performances of Leonard Bernstein’s popular musical “West Side Story”. New season features six new productions: Gounod’s opera „Romeo and Juliet“, Schiavoni’s ballett „Alice in Wonderland“, Unt’s, Agur’s and Hindpere’s children’s play „Punamütsike“, Lehár’s operetta „The Count of Luxembourg“, Kesler’s ballett „Anna Karenina“ and Verdi’s opera „Giovanna d’Arco“. A concert performance of Korngold’s opera „Die tote Stadt“ will also be performed. „Opera Gala – Georg Ots 100!“ will be given on March 19 in Pärnu Concert house and on March 20 in the Estonian National Opera.

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.


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.


/Kaunitar ja koletis/

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


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

/Viini veri/
/Vienna Blood/

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


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

/Romeo ja Julia/

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,, 16.11.2013)

Premiere 29.09.2018, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu.

World premiere 14.11.2013, Czech National Opera.


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


Puccini’s beautiful opera about love and honour.


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

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.

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


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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