Estonian National Opera had a successful season
On 20 June, a performance of “L’elisir d’amore” ended the 108th season of the Estonian National Opera. During the season, a total of 194,000 people visited the jubilee festival of the Estonia theatre building; the festivals “Verdissimo!” and “Estonian ballet 95”; the opera, ballet and operetta performances; concerts, children’s shows and educational projects. It is the best result throughout all seasons, and the continuously high average turnout of 85% is very pleasing.
According to Aivar Mäe, the General Manager of the theatre, the season was uplifted by the Estonia theatre building’s jubilee festival with 100 events attracting a total of 40,000 visitors. “No one will forget these emotions any time soon – the entrance of Dusk and Dawn in the building; the hundred swans on the park stage in the evening; the gala of the generations; the arrival at the festival opening celebrations on horse carts; and scores of other events that we brought to the public with the help of our partners. All this touched the hearts of the visitors and the kindness of the public has lasted throughout the season,” Aivar Mäe said. “I would like to hereby thank all the visitors, the performers of Estonia, the production teams, critics, sponsors and partners – the successful 108th season is the result of our cooperation.”
The most popular performances included “Tannhäuser” that was awarded with the best production award of the theatre year in the opera category; “Manon” out of ballets; the operetta “Ball im Savoy”, and “The Nutcracker” out of children’s shows. The children’s show “The Big Journey of the Pokus” was sold out, as were most of the concerts and balls. Baby concerts introduced at the beginning of the year and the new educational project “Opera sounds familiar, too” achieved exceptional popularity, and the backstage tours for single tickets launched in March have also been received well.
In cooperation with the Estonian Public Broadcasting, the opera “Faust” and the ballet “Modigliani – the cursed artist” were recorded and will be aired on ETV in the autumn and soon also on DVD. The 500-piece issue of the jubilee album “A building with a thought” has been sold out. Out of our publications, the most noteworthy is the “Opera Notebook” and its autumn sequel, the “Ballet Notebook” that have sparked great interest in children, parents and teachers.
Estonian National Opera will start its new, 109th season on 10 September. Before that, between 5-7 September, there is a theatre fair in honour of the start of season, covering three days instead of one this year. Just like on the building’s jubilee festival, this event also features free concerts on the big stage and introductions of the new season. The premiére of “Rinaldo”, the first new opera of the season, is on 18 September and the ballet “Sleeping Beauty” on 14 November. In October, however, the National Opera will travel to the island of Saaremaa where 7,000 people are expected to visit the festival “Estonian National Opera in Saaremaa”.
All tickets for the new season are on sale and the programme is available on the theatre’s website www.opera.ee.