Next online. Opera “Wallenberg” by Erkki-Sven Tüür

14.04.2020 / Leenu Nigu


On Saturday, April 18 at 7 PM Estonian National Opera will stream online the opera Wallenberg by world famous Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür. World premiere of the opera took place in 2001 at Theater Dortmund, the premiere at the Estonian National Opera on June 1, 2007 with Dmitri Bertman and Neeme Kuningas as stage directors and Ene-Liis Semper as the designer.

The opera tells the story of a historical figure Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who managed to save over 100 000 jews from concentration camps in 1944. The same year Wallenberg himself went missing in the Soviet Union under circumstances that are not clear even today. „Wallenberg is a person, who is capable of stepping up against steadfast power, totalitarianism, and cruelty. He is a man, who has become superhuman at inhuman times.“ This is how director Dmitri Bertman describes the hero of the opera.

Bertman’s fabulous stage productions have created lively debates in Estonia and abroad. In 2007 he received the Estonian Annual Theatre Award for staging Wallenberg. In the same year the artistic team of Wallenberg received the Cultural Prize of the Republic of Estonia for their outstanding work. In 2008 the president of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves awarded Dmitri Bertman with the 4th class Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana.

Saturday’s performance was recorded in collaboration with Estonian National Broadcasting in September 2007. The conductor is Arvo Volmer, the performers include Jesper Taube (Swedish National Opera), Priit Volmer, Mati Turi, Jassi Zahharov, Väino Puura, Teele Jõks, Helen Lokuta, Annaliisa Pillak, Juuli Lill and many others.

The online performance begins on April 18 at 7 PM and will remain online for a week. Watching the performance 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.

You can find information about the following streamed performances on the Estonian National Opera Facebook page.

Estonian National Opera is 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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