Estonian National Opera opened the 110th season at the President’s rose garden
On 13 August, the Estonian National Opera took two special trams to Kadriorg to celebrate the beginning of the 110th season. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who invited the people over, has been the theatre’s patron since 2006.
“The Estonia Theatre is closely knit with the turning points of our history – the idea of statehood was also concocted by our own intellectuals between the very walls of this theatre. While placing a corner stone to Estonia Theatre in 1910, a corner stone was actually placed to Estonian statehood,” said President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in his welcoming speech to the theatre company.
At the rose garden, congratulations were extended to those who had graduated from universities, had married or had had a baby; and the departed were commemorated. A special gift – a badge of honour – was awarded to conductor Jüri Alperten who has worked at the theatre for 30 years; orchestral artists Priit Aimla and Eugen Simson-Valtin, and seamstress Helga Paide. The Estonia Theatre family welcomed 21 new members in their midst; altogether, the theatre employs 500 people.
The theatre season starts on 26 August in the freshly renovated hall that received 60 new seats with good visibility after modification works of technical booths, and a look more similar to the olden days. Now, the theatre hall has 808 seats.
“We will open the season two weeks before the usual time with the performance of “The Circus Princess”. In early September, there is the traditional theatre fair and the theatre bus tour,” said Aivar Mäe, General Manager of the Estonian National Opera. “The first premiere, “The Goblin”, will be performed already on 18 September. We welcome everyone to see the renewed theatre hall and enjoy performances,” he added.
In the 110th season, Vello Pähn is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor; the Artistic Director of the Estonian National Ballet is Toomas Edur. Altogether, the season will include 350 performances and concerts.