The number of visitors at the Estonian National Opera exceeded 200,000

01.01.2017 / Ülla Veerg


In 2016, the number of people attending the performances, concerts, and educational programmes at the Estonian National Opera was 205,000, which is almost 15,000 more than the year before. A total of 447 performances and concerts were given with the average home stage turnout of 90% – an all-time record.

“The previous year offered a great opportunity to fulfil the role of a cultural ambassador – once again in decades, the national opera gave performances in Narva, St. Petersburg, and Moscow. We received a warm welcome everywhere and the feedback was wonderful,” said Aivar Mäe, the General Manager of the theatre. “The fact that we exceeded the magical number of 200,000 visitors and the 90% average turnout is the icing on the cake. I would like to thank the audience, supporters of the theatre, and the family of the Estonia Theatre,” added Mäe.

The list of performances that achieved a full house in 2016 is long: “The Flying Dutchman”, “The Goblin”, “Swan Lake”, “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs”, “The Nutcracker”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, and “Karlsson on the Roof”.

The performance that attracted the greatest audience – 25,000 – was “Fiddler on the Roof”, followed by “Karlsson on the Roof” (16,000) and “The Nutcracker” (13,000).

The first premier of 2017 will be Mozart’s opera “Le nozze di Figaro” on 3 February; in spring, Adam’s ballet “Giselle” and Zeller’s operetta “The Bird Seller” will be staged. However, the 112th season beginning in autumn will be dedicated to the centenary of the Republic of Estonia and will be filled with beautiful Estonian music. The tickets will be available as from 1 March.

Photo: Rasmus Jurkatam. Caption of the photo: Premier of “Le nozze di Figaro” on 3 February at the Estonian National Opera. From the left: Rauno Elp, Kristel Pärtna, René Soom.

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