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The 113th season of the Estonian National Opera
The season starts on 14 August with the performances of Jerry Bock’s popular musical “Fiddler on the Roof”. The traditional Vana Tallinn Gala will bring the theatre’s soloists, choir, and orchestra as well as renowned guest soloists to the audiences in Tartu on 24 August and in Tallinn on 25 August.
Giacomo Puccini’s opera “The Girl of the Golden West” will premiere in September as the first new production. Puccini’s musical vision of the American West is vividly brought to life by one of the greatest operatic names of our time, José Cura – an Argentinean tenor, conductor, director, scenographer known for his intense and original interpretations of opera characters. Seen and Heard International heralds Cura as “A a polymath, a Leonardo da Vinci of our time.”
On All Souls’ Day on November 2, Estonian National Opera soloists, Chorus and the Mixed Chorus of the Estonia Society will perform Gounod’s “St. Cecilia Mass”. Conducted by Kaspar Mänd, organ played by Ene Salumäe.
On 8 November, as the autumn season’s main ballet event, the Estonian National Ballet will bring to the viewers a ballet evening of Estonian authors in order to celebrate the centennial of Estonian Ballet. The short ballets of Eve Mutso, Tiit Helimets and Jevgeni Grib will be performed to the music of Estonian composers.
A rarity on world’s opera stages, Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta “Candide” will be performed on November 8 in the Vanemuine Concert House and on November 10 in the Estonia Concert Hall. Vello Pähn: “”Candide“ is Estonian National Opera’s homage to composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein on his 100th anniversary. The composer has written a concert version of it as well and we will put it on stage with some scenic action. “Candide” is a unique piece that plays with the borders of genres, uniting great music and comic action.” The performance in Tartu is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the concert house.
The holiday period also offers the traditional Christmas concert Estonian National Opera Christmas Concert at the St. John’s Church in Tallinn on 21 December and the New Year’s Eve Ball. Visitors of the ball will get an exclusive glimpse of the 2-act concert-performance that will have its premiere on January 9. The performance is about the life, works and love of Imre Kálmán, pickled with beloved music. The leading roles are sung by the legends of operetta, Hans Miilberg as Imre Kálmán and Helgi Sallo as his wife Vera.
The New Year begins with a ballet highlight: the artistic director of the Estonian National Ballet Thomas Edur celebrates his 50th birthday with a glamorous ballet gala on January 19. The new opera year begins with a Russian opera classic – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “The Tsar’s Bride” will premiere on January 25, staged by the founder and artistic director of the St. Petersburg Chamber Opera, Yuri Alexandrov.
The ballet event of the spring season is the timeless love story “Romeo and Juliet” staged by Thomas Edur to the music of Sergei Prokofiev. On 28 April a traditional ballet gala of the International Dance Day will take place.
On 24 May, the season will be concluded by Bernstein’s beloved musical “West Side Story” staged by Georg Malvius. “West Side Story’s” revolutionary choreography and unforgettable score changed the face of musical theatre. The tickets will be on sale beginning from autumn 2018.
This season, the travel bug will carry Estonian National Opera to Jõhvi, Paide, Tartu and Pärnu with the children’s musical “Karlsson on the Roof”. Opera “The Colours of Clouds” will travel to Haapsalu Culture Center, Paide Music and Theatre House, Pärnu Concert House and Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu. “Estonian History. A Nation Born of Shock” will travel to Tartu and operetta “The Bird Seller” will go to Jõhvi Concert House and Paide Music and Theatre House.
Estonian National Ballet will tour Estonia with Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”, take “The Sleeping Beauty” to Haapsalu and visit Glasgow Tramway Contemporary Art Festival with Eve Mutso’s, Tiit Helimets’ and Thomas Edur’s short ballets on November 15–18.