Estonia theatre hall seats 800 after renovation
Estonian National Opera starts its 110th season on 26 August in a renovated theatre hall. Following the modification works of technical booths and the extension of the first balcony completed in the summer, the theatre hall has 800 seats instead of 700.
“The modern sound and stage lighting technology do not require that much space as was planned for the first balcony in the 70s. We also lost the central box that was built in the Soviet era and seemed like a foreign body,” said Aivar Mäe, the General Manager of the theatre. “Every cubic metre won enhances the acoustics and if we add the renewed cooling system of the theatre hall, even the most demanding visitor should be pleased,” Mäe explained.
In addition to modernizing the rooms, the theatre also acquired a new communications system for the audience service staff, in order to ensure high-quality two-way communication during performances throughout the house.
The new sound and lighting technology and rack control centre will significantly improve the servicing level of performances.
The renovation works of the hall and performance technology cost approximately 700,000 euros in total. Liivi Künnapuu prepared the special conditions for heritage conservation to allow for modification works of the first balcony and Juta Lember designed the balcony.
The season will open with the operetta “Circus Princess” on 26 August. On the same day, a sale of special-priced tickets will begin and last until the end of Estonia’s theatre fair on 6 September. Between 10 and 13 September, the Estonia theatre bus will bring theatre lovers to Tallinn from Narva, Viljandi and Pärnu, and the first new production – ballet “The Goblin” – will premiere on 18 September.