Tchaikovsky’s passionate opera brimming with longing and love.

/Jevgeni Onegin/
A version of Konstantin Stanislavsky’s production from 1922

The entire production is stylistically pure: the musical material retains its authenticity, Pushkin’s nuances have been preserved and the visual side of the stage from the costumes to the scenery (understated but supporting the mood) takes us back to Pushkin’s time.
/.../Vanemuine’s production of Eugene Onegin deserves to be recorded for Mezzo to get it out to worldwide audiences!”

Tiiu Levald, Sirp newspaper

14.10-30.11.2018, Vanemuine Small Building, Tartu.
Performed in: Russian
Surtitles on big screen: Estonian, English
App display languages: Estonian, English


/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


If one truly wishes, then life can be like a fairytale – and fairytales are not as out-of-this-world as grown-ups think!

Ballet based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen

This fairytale about the Snow Queen has had many interpretations. This time we see the difference between the poster world of grown-ups and children’s sincere emotions and their world full of faith in which true feelings conquer the cold reason.

11.11.2018-06.01.2019, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu.


Who else but the affectionate dog Lotte would go and seek new adventures – this time in the Dream World!

/Lotte Unenäomaailmas/
Children’s musical

Adalbert the rabbit dozes and cannot get back from the dream world. Something must have happened there, as the local inhabitants behave mysteriously and unpredictably. The Sandman himself has gone off to Lapland and left his children Peedu and Liisu and the snow sand mills in the care of Berta the Hen, who is always fussing… Lotte and Albert go to find out what has happened – and of course Adalbert will find his way back home with them.

04.10-02.11.2018, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu.

Performed in: Estonian


Dance performace

This production comes out of a passion and love for dance!

Director-choreographer Georgia Giboin

Music and rhythm that come from inside you!

Director-choreographer Matthew Jordan

25.10.2018, Vanemuine Small Building, Tartu.

„A Streetcar named Desire“ additional performances take place on May 31st, June 10th and 16th

On 4th November premiered a new ballet „A Streetcar named Desire“ by a very exciting duet – American-English film director Nancy Meckler and one of the most appreciated choreographer in the world Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. The performance has been a tremendous success. In order to that we have put on sale three additional performances on May 31st, June 10th and 16th!

NB! On May 31st in the role of Blanche is Luana Georg, who is celebrating her 20th year on stage!

„A Streetcar named Desire“ is a masterpiece which connects drama and dance into one whole. It is a story of a woman who’s life goes by a tragic pathway and is too overwhelming for her delicate nature.

Director and librettist Nancy Meckler: “The main character’s Blanche’s inner life is full of fantasy and harsh memories, invisible in Tennessee Williams’s play, but in the ballet, visible and expressed through dance.”

2018/19 season tickets are on sale now

The Estonian National Opera’s season starts on 14 August with the performances of Jerry Bock’s popular musical “Fiddler on the Roof”. The traditional Vana Tallinn Gala will bring the theatre’s soloists, choir, and orchestra as well as renowned guest soloists to the audiences in Tartu on 24 August and in Tallinn on 25 August. Giacomo Puccini’s opera “The Girl of the Golden West” will premiere on September 21 as the first new production. 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.

Get the best seats for perfomances and concerts now!

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

Tickets are available for the month of musicals and operettas

In August 2018, Estonian National Opera invites you to enjoy a high-quality musical and operetta experience, as the beloved musical "Fiddler on the Roof". The show is starring Mait Malmsten, Evelin Võigemast, Liina Vahtrik, Helgi Sallo, René Soom, Kadri Kipper etc.

In addition to “The Fiddler”, swift melodies of “Ball im Savoy” and “My Fair Lady” are delighting the audience. Children can take an adventure with the beloved “Pippi Longstocking” or “Buratino”.

The tickets for the month of musicals and operettas are on sale starting from 24 November in Piletimaailm and in the ticket offices of Estonian National Opera.

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