World premiere of opera “The Prince and the Pauper” at the Estonian National Opera

10.01.2013 / Ülla Veerg


January 26 will see the world premiere of the first opera by Priit Pajusaar “The Prince and the Pauper”. Libretto of the opera is written by Aapo Ilves, the staging is by Andres Puustusmaa and the design by Ingrid Proos. The opera based on Mark Twain’s exciting youth novel tells the story about the unbelievable adventures of two boys. Edward Tudor, the crown prince of Wales, and Tom Canty, the beggar boy from London streets were born on the same day and are mirror images of each other! Edward dreams of an exciting life in freedom, where no one tells him what to do and Tom would like more than anything to enjoy a luxurious life with an abundance of sweets and royal entertainment. They meet accidentally, change clothes and… also lives? In the harsh reality, where murderers and cherubs lurk in the dark London streets and in the castle, where the executioner’s merciless axe is ready to swing at frauds, they experience the dark side of each other’s lives. They meet each other again in the whirlwind of adventures, where the boys are often a hair’s-breath away from death, and their fate depends on an answer that only the true prince can know…

In the roles will be seen Märt Pius and  Priit Pius (both from Tallinn City Theatre), René Soom, Jassi Zahharov, Rauno Elp, Aare Saal, Rosanna Lints, Janne Shevtshenko etc.

Coming soon