The 114th season of the Estonian National Opera
The season starts on 14 August with the performances of Leonard Bernstein’s popular musical “West Side Story”. Again it is possible to enjoy the performances both in Estonian and English in the rendition of the best musical singers in Estonia and abroad. The traditional Vana Tallinn Gala is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, bringing to the audience the future singers of the theatre, their teachers and the theatre’s soloists, choir, and orchestra. Together they will perform the best of the world’s opera repertoire in Tartu on 23 August and in Tallinn on 24 August. Charles Gounod’s opera “Romeo and Juliet” will premiere in September as the first new production. The story of the two feuding families is given a contemporary rendition by and Australian-English stage director Stephen Barlow. On All Souls’ Day on November 2, Estonian National Opera soloists, Chorus and Orchestra will give a traditional concert in Tallinn St. John’s Church.
A rarity on world’s opera stages, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s emotionally gripping operatic psycho-thriller “Die tote Stadt” (The Dead City) will be performed on November 14 in Pärnu Concert House and on November 17 in the Estonia Concert Hall.
As the autumn season’s main ballet event, the Estonian National Ballet will bring to the viewers a miraculous fairy-tale ballet “Alice in Wonderland”. The fantastic ballet rich in multimedia effects was born for San Carlo Theatre in 2017. Choreographer Gianluca Schiavoni blends spectacle with imaginative dance and Lewis Carroll’s beloved story.
The holiday period also offers the traditional Christmas concert “Estonian National Opera Christmas Concert” at the St. John’s Church in Tallinn on 19 December and the New Year’s Eve Ball.
The New Year begins with an operetta highlight: on January 24, we will bring to you the classic operetta hit “The Count of Luxembourg” by Franz Lehár.
In March, Estonian National Opera celebrates the 100th anniversary of one of the most outstanding Estonian opera singers Georg Ots. “Opera Gala – Georg Ots 100!” will be given on March 19 in Pärnu Concert house and on March 20 in the Estonian National Opera.
The ballet event of the spring season is the timeless love story “Anna Karenina” staged by Marina Kesler to the music of Dmitry Shostakovich. “Anna Karenina” is a story wrapped in temptation, passion, and moral conflict, a turbulent tale of betrayal, dreams chased and lost, and the consequences of getting swept off your feet by love.
On April 16, Estonian National Opera Chorus, Orchestra and the Mixed Choir of the Estonia Society will present the powerful scenic cantata “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff on the stage of the Estonia Concert Hall.
On 29 April a traditional ballet gala of the International Dance Day will take place and the MyFitness Dance Awards will be given to one female and one male ballet dancer.
On 22 May, the season will be concluded by Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece of his early period, “Giovanna d’Arco” staged by Marco Gandini, the director for “Le nozze di Figaro” in Estonia. “It is a work of the utmost musical quality, interpreted by such famous singers as Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé and Anna Netrebko.
This season, the travel bug will carry Estonian National Opera to Rakvere Theatre with the performance of the children’s musical “Pippi Longstocking”, to Haapsalu Culture Center and Rakvere Theatre with the operetta performance “Operetta King Imre Kálmán”, Haapsalu Culture Center, Ugala Theatre, Paide Music and Theatre House, Pärnu and Jõhvi Concert Houses and Vanemuine Theatre with the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”. The joyful Christmas story “The Nutcracker” will travel to Tartu and Jõhvi, Eduard Tubin’s ballet “The Goblin” will reach Pärnu Concert House and Paide Music and Theatre House. The Ballet Evening of Estonian short ballets will travel to Haapsalu Culture Center.