2016/2017 season about to start
Estonian National Opera’s 111th season is like a gourmet menu with a rich selection. The season starts with summer performances on August 13 with the famous musical “Fiddler on the Roof” by Jerry Bock. Its premiere celebrates the 75th birthday of the beloved singer Helgi Sallo. The traditional Old Tallinn Gala brings together the Estonian National Opera’s soloists, its choir and orchestra, along with several famous guest soloists. The audience in Tartu can enjoy the performance on August 25 and in Tallinn, on August 27. On September 15 the theatre will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the long-time ballet soloist Aime Leis with the performance of “The Sleeping Beauty”.
Our first premiere, the romantic opera “Der fliegende Holländer” by Richard Wagner, will make its debut in September. Director Pamela Recinella and designers Yannis Thavoris and Marco Grassivaro have turned Wagner’s stormy and exciting story into a modern and highly visual performance. The grandiose opera and ballet festival “Narva full of Music” will take place on the 9–13th of October during which the Estonian National Opera will visit its friends in Ida-Viru county and so, the locals can see and hear Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Sleeping Beauty”, Verdi’s opera “La traviata”, attend concerts for babies, six chamber concerts, an opera gala, and a youth project that brings together youngsters from all over the Ida-Viru county and ends with a concert-performance. About 30 events take place and over 200 members of the Estonia’s staff are involved. Tickets to the Narva festival are available.
During the spiritual period around All Souls’ Day, the soloists, choir, and orchestra will perform Mozart’s Requiem at St. John’s Church in Tallinn. The concert will take place on November 2 and it is conducted by Risto Joost.
During the autumn season, the Estonian National Ballet will arrange ballet evenings and premiere short ballets, which hitherto have remained unknown to the Estonian audience: on November 4, Kenneth MacMillan’s “Song of the Earth” to Mahler’s symphony and on November 24 Thomas Edur’s “Silent Monologues” to pieces by various Estonian composers. These ballet evenings might be summed up with a focus on the mysterious hidden sides of the human nature and the joy of being human.
The Estonian National Opera welcomes its audience to the concert performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “Anna Bolena” which will take place on November 12. It is truthful and touching story of the Queen’s final days in the scheming court of the callous Henry VIII, after the latter fell out of love with her. Donizetti’s music follows all of the bel canto golden age rules and is daintily delightful.
All children are welcome to join Sipsik’s lovely adventures in the children’s play “Sipsik and Things of the Past” from November 16 at the Chamber hall. Director Kati Kivitar brings childhood games and Sipsik’s adventures to the children. She revives Leino Rei’s staging of the beloved children story by Edgar Valter.
During the holidays, the traditional “Estonian National Opera Christmas Concert” will be held at the St. John’s Church in Tallinn on December 20. This year, the New Year’s Eve Ball will be celebrated in the glamorous 1930s style.
The New Year will be spiced with the premiere of Mozart’s comical opera “Le nozze di Figaro” on February 3. The opera tells the story of passionate flirtation, preposterous events, and comical happenings that take place in just one day. Mozart’s score is sunny and sublime with a bubbling overture, brilliantly crafted arias and animated ensemble scenes that have fascinated the audience since its premiere. On February 10, the theatre will tribute the bass Mati Palm on his 75th birthday with the performance of “Aida”.
On February 16, Estonian National Opera Orchestra will perform the symphony concert for the 7th time as a part of the “Golden Classics” series at the Estonia Concert Hall. The concert is conducted by Vello Pähn.
The spring season’s ballet event is on April 7: Mary Skeaping’s version of the everlasting classic “Giselle” is an unforgettable mixture of romance, aerial choreography, and Adolphe Adam’s music. On the 25th and 26th of April, the Estonian National Opera will co-operate with the opera studio of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EMTA) in the romantic opera “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Tamberg. The title role is sung by Rauno Elp, other roles are sung by the young singers of EMTA.
On April 29, the theatre will celebrate the International Dance Day with a ballet gala.
The 111th season will be ended with Carl Zeller’s merry operetta “The Bird Seller”, which takes place in the 18th century Bavaria. The piece tells the story of a court of that time and its petty intrigues and village romance in a kind-hearted comic manner. It is staged by Marko Matvere. The last time “The Bird Seller” was performed in 1954/55.
During the 111th season, the Estonian National Opera will visit theatre lovers, who live near and far. Pieces will be performed in Pärnu, Tartu, Paide, Jõhvi, and Viljandi. The productions include Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto”, Loewe’s musical “My Fair Lady”, short ballets “Silent Monologues” and “The Four Seasons”, and Tubin’s ballet “The Goblin”.