/Mozart ja Salieri. Teatridirektor/
Short form operas of N. Rimsky-Korsakov and W. A. Mozart

Musical director & conductor Taavi Kull
Conductor Endel Nõgene 
Director Jaan Willem Sibul

This year, the world celebrates the 260th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. To mark the occasion, we will bring two short operas to the stage: a tragedy and a comedy, both tied to Mozart.

At the Vanemuine Small Building 12.11.2016 – 03.03.2017. 


Ballet-farce by Giorgio Madia

Composer Christoph Willibald Gluck
Director-choreographer Giorgio Madia (Italy)
Scenographer Cordelia Matthes (Germany)
Costume designer Bruno Schwengl (Austria)

The choreographer and stage director Giorgio Madia approaches Don Juan as a figure of “Theatre”.
Giorgio Madia’s “Don Juan” is displayed in opulent and refined sets and costumes. Conceived for a grand cast it’s celebrating the provocatively beautiful art of seduction turning it into an irresistible ballet experience. The humorous vitality of the traditional Commedia dell’Arte is gambling with the devotion to veneer, to desire and evanescence – the ‘Zeitgeist’ of Baroque Age couldn’t be expressed a more allusive way.

Annegret Gertz, dramaturge

At the Vanemuine Grand Building 29.10.2016-12.04.2017
World premiere on 21.06.2014, Staatsballett Berlin, Komische Oper, Berlin


A mother. A daughter. Three possible fathers.
Musical in two acts

Music Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
Libretto Catherine Johnson
Additional compositions Stig Anderson
Translation of song lyrics Leelo Tungal
Director Ain Mäeots
Musical directors Martin Sildos, Ele Sonn

This musical based on hits by the legendary Swedish band ABBA has charmed audiences around the world since 1999. 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.

At the Vanemuine Grand Building 26.11.2016-29.04.2017,
at the Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn 17.-18.03.2017.
In Estonian, with English and Finnish subtitles.


/Meister ja Margarita/
A dramatic dance interpretation of Bulgakov’s novel

Music by Elliot Goldenthal & Alfred Schnittke
Written by Janek Savolainen & Katrin Pärn
Cast: Jüri Lumiste, Katrin Pärn, Ragne Pekarev, Helgur Rosenthal, Maria Engel, Janek Joost, Aivar Kallaste and the Vanemuine ballet troupe

A classical work can be an endless source of possibilities that are interpreted, discovered, improvised, viewed, treated, compared, fantasised, assembled, hero-worshipped, analysed and synthesised by anyone who wishes to do so. No single version of ‘The Master and Margarita’ has said everything there is to say, and it is always good if the audience is familiar with the book. The material has generated a sense of deference and interest not only in directors, but also audiences, which is what explains the action that takes place on stage: a symbiosis of dance and drama, mystery and love, magic, a multiplicity of boundaries and hyperactivity, decorated with video and lighting – alas, rather a visual production.

At the Vanemuine Small Building 04.09.2016-17.02.2017,
at the Russian Theatre of Estonia in Tallinn 28.02.2017.


Andrew Lloyd Webber
A musical 

Libretto by Richard Stilgoe & Andrew Lloyd Webber based on the novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux

Director Georg Malvius (Sweden)
Conductors Martin Sildos
Stage designer Iir Hermeliin
Costume designer Ellen Cairns (Scotland)
Choreographer Adrienne Åbjörn (Sweden)
Lighting designer Palle Palmé (Sweden) 

Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra, opera chorus & ballet troupe and band

This production of the ambitious musical – at times frightening and seemingly out of its depth – was brought to the audience by the troupe of the Vanemuine under the guidance of Georg Malvius. The result deserves a high mark.
Alo Põldmäe, Tartu Postimees newspaper

At the Vanemuine Grand Building 26.01-12.03.2017,
at the Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn 17.-18.03.2017.

In Estonian, with English and Finnish subtitles.


Grand, aesthetically pleasurable theatre and stunning opera music!
An opera

Georges Bizet
Musical director & conductor Paul Mägi
Producer & choreographer Giorgio Madia (Italy)
Scenographer & costume designer Maarja Meeru

I am proud and happy to be able to watch such a production of Carmen at the Vanemuine. This is the first Carmen in my life that I have watched with such enjoyment. Such choirs, such precision! Now I understand what a wonder of the world it is if an opera director is a choreographer. I would have enjoyed this Carmen for its movement and visual qualities even if there had been no sound at all. And what masterful singers! I could picture watching this Carmen on the Mezzo channel as well. To my mind the level of the production greatly exceeds that of Mezzo, for both its design and its voices.
Evald Kampus

At the Vanemuine Grand Building 01.10.2016-04.03.2017.
In French, with Estonian and English surtitles.


Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor – the Romeo and Juliet of the Scottish Lowlands!
An opera

Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano based on the novel The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott

Composer Gaetano Donizetti
Musical director & conductor Paul Mägi
Producer Roman Hovenbitzer (Germany)
Stage designer Roy Spahn (Germany)

Donizetti’s opera is about the destiny of a woman. The intrigues of a world ruled by men do not allow her to assert herself. Lucia’s wishes are disregarded, her will is suppressed and her life’s happiness is sacrificed. When existential feelings cannot be expressed openly and honestly, they explode with the force of a nuclear bomb…

Roman Hovenbitzer

At the Vanemuine Small Building 19.10.2016-04.02.2017,
at the National Opera Estonia in Tallinn 07.02.2017.
In Italian, with Estonian and English subtitles.


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

A ballet in two acts based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen

Music Ottorino Respighi, Zoltan Kodaly et al.
Musical director & conductor Martin Sildos
Librettist, director & stage designer Mare Tommingas
Director & choreographer Silas Stubbs
Costume designer Louise Flanagan

Vanemuine Ballet Troupe and Symphony Orchestra, students from the Vanemuine Dance and Ballet School

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.
Andersen’s fairytale is charming for its colourful nuances in describing different characters – he has snowflakes as big as chickens, ‘snow bees’ flying around, roses cropping up out of tears and angels being born from the air that Gerda breathes...

At the Vanemuine Grand Building 02.12.2016-01.02.2017.


A romantic ballet drama about a mute piano player and her daughter.

Choreographer, director & librettist Marika Aidla
Scenographer Maarja Meeru
Video designer Janek Savolainen
Composers Michael Nyman, Dario Marianelli, René Aubry, Brian Crain, Keaton Henson

“The people who knew Ada McGrath told the story about her and her grand piano time and again. It was not only women who told it – the story was discussed by men at the pub and at the manor as well, some telling it with a shiver, others wondering how far you can go in the name of love or passion. There was something irresistible in the story that offered excitement for all.”

Piano. Prologue, J. Campion & K. Pullinger

At the Harbour Theatre 07.10.2016-03.05.2017.


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

/Lotte Unenäomaailmas/
Children’s musical

Priit Pajusaar, Heiki Ernits, Janno Põldma & Leelo Tungal
Director Tanel Jonas
Musical director & conductor Martin Sildos
Stage designers Rosita Raud & Iir Hermeliin

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.

At the Vanemuine Grand Building 05.10.2016-11.04.2017,
at the Nordea Concert Hall in Talllinn 05.11.2016; 07-08.01, 08-09.04.2017.
In Estonian.


An excellent and witty opera version by Marko Matvere of the excellent and witty novel by Andrus Kivirähk!

An opera

Composer Tauno Aints
Musical director & conductor Paul Mägi
Conductor Taavi Kull
Director Marko Matvere
Stage designer Iir Hermeliin

Audience interest in the various manifestations of Old Barny is unremitting. Kivirähk has crafted a witty and truly excellent generalisation with his novel that does not lack humour or social criticism. Very witty and very sharp – as Kivirähk usually is...

If you get goose bumps while listening to music, it doesn’t matter whether you’re listening to Metsatöll playing folk metal, to a children’s song or to the Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra!
Tauno Aints

At the Vanemuine Small Building 09.02-01.04.2017.
In Estonian, with English subtitles.


Die Zirkusprinzessin

Imre Kálmán’s operetta „Die Zirkusprinzessin“ will premiere at the Estonian National Opera on the 3rd of January 2015. Stage director Thomas Mittmann: ““Die Zirkusprinzessin” is a masterpiece of the Silver Era of the operetta. It became one of Kálmán’s most performed works that was also immensely successful on Broadway. The skilfully-crafted, colourful orchestral score and an engaging story line give you everything one needs for a relaxing evening. The music ranges from a fast polka to a slow waltz, showing a variety of emotions – love, hate, pride, vanity, intrigue, confusion and misunderstanding, but in the end… there is conciliation.”

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