New ballet “Catherine I” premieres on 15 March by the Estonian National Ballet

06.03.2018 / Lisanna Männilaan



On March 15 a new ballet, “Catherine I” by Toomas Edur and Tauno Aints will premiere at the Estonian National Opera, starring Alena Shkatula as Catherine I and Anatoli Arhangelski as Peter I.

How often does His Highness Chance determine the fate of a person? The topic fascinated the creators of the new ballet and the audience is given the chance to witness the birth of a stunning miracle. The ballet takes the viewer to a real fairy-tale world and tells the wonderful love story of a simple maiden from Estonia and the charismatic Russian emperor, Peter I. Miracles do happen – you simply must believe in them.

The production has been brought to the stage by a very exciting ensemble – a sought-after Choreographer and Stage Director, Artistic Director of the Estonian National Ballet Toomas Edur, a beloved Estonian composer Tauno Aints, librettist Irina Müllerson and designer Liina Keevallik. The first collaboration of this phenomenal artistic group took place in 2012 when the full-length ballet “Modigliani – the Cursed Artist” premiered at the Estonian National Opera.

The world premiere of “Catherine I” is held on March 15 in the Estonian National Opera.


Photo: Pille Riin Pettai

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