Estonian National Opera begins streaming performances. We open with the opera “Faust” starring Ain Anger

31.03.2020 / Stina Vürmer


Estonian National Opera begins streaming performances every Saturday to bring opera and ballet performances to the audience’s homes even during the current emergency situation. The first performance begins on April 4 at 19.00 and will remain online for a week.

The performance to be streamed is Chales Gounod’s opera “Faust” where the part of Mephistopheles is sung by Ain Anger. The opera is directed by Dmitri Bertman from Moscow Helikon-Opera. The conductor is Vello Pähn and designer Ene-Liis Semper. The performers include Oliver Kuusik, Joanna Freszel, Rauno Elp, Helen Lokuta, and many others. The performance was recorded in collaboration with Estonian National Broadcasting on January 23 and 25, 2014.

“Faust” premiered in 1859, and is Gounod’s most famous opera. It tells a well-known story of how Faust sells his soul to Mephistopheles in exchange for youth. But there are no winners when making a pact with the devil.

Ene-Liis Semper, production designer: “Mephistopheles always gives two options for a human: giving in to the temptation, and refusing it. Every time he gives these options, the man chooses the worse way. This raises a question: should humans, as foolish as they are, even be given options? Mephistopheles does not lose hope…”

Watching the performance online is free of charge. The viewer does not need to have a Facebook account. The performance can be viewed HERE.

Read more about the production and view the programme HERE. The opera is performed in French, the subtitles are in Estonian.

Information about the following streamed performances on the Estonian National Opera Facebook page.

Estonian National Opera sincerely thankful to our long-term collaborators Estonian National Broadcasting and Estonian Records Production without whom the performance streaming would not be possible.


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