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    On 5th of May Cavaradossi role in “Tosca” will be sung by Mikheil Sheshaberidze

    19.04.2018 / Lisanna Männilaan

    Puccini’s “Tosca”, one of the most popular operas in the world, will be on the Estonian National Opera’s stage on the 5th of May. The highlights of the opera include one of the most famous tenor arias “E lucevan le stele” that have won the hearts of both opera lovers as well as first-timers. On …

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    Due to sudden illness, Aleksandrs Antonenko will not sing in “Tosca” on 6 April

    05.04.2018 / Ülla Veerg

    Due to sudden illness, Aleksandrs Antonenko will not sing the role of Cavaradossi in opera “Tosca” on 6 April. Cavaradossi will be the tenor of Latvian National Opera Andris Ludvigs. The part of Tosca will be sung by Heli Veskus, Scarpia Jassi Zahharov and the conductor will be Jüri Alperten.

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    2018/19 season tickets are on sale now

    03.04.2018 / Lisanna Männilaan

    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. …

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    Special evening of short ballets

    23.03.2018 / Lisanna Männilaan

    On March 25 Tiit Helimets’ “Time” and Marina Kesler’s „Werewolf“, which has won the annual Estonian Theatre Award in 2007, will be on stage of the Estonian National Ballet. Short ballets created to the music of Estonian composers – Arvo Pärt and Lepo Sumera to name a few – deal with the problems of human …

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    In March Estonian National Opera offers you “L’elisir d’amore”

    08.03.2018 / Lisanna Männilaan

    On Friday, March 16 Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera “L’elisir d’amore” will be presented to the audience at the Estonian National Opera. The opera was brought to the stage by the beloved Swedish director Georg Malvius. Starring Cataldo Caputo (Italy), Kristel Pärtna, Aare Saal, Rauno Elp and Olga Zaitseva. Conductor Kaspar Mänd. According to Malvius, “L’elisir …

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    New ballet “Catherine I” premieres on 15 March by the Estonian National Ballet

    06.03.2018 / Lisanna Männilaan

      On March 15 a new ballet, “Catherine I” by Toomas Edur and Tauno Aints will premiere at the Estonian National Opera, starring Alena Shkatula as Catherine I and Anatoli Arhangelski as Peter I. How often does His Highness Chance determine the fate of a person? The topic fascinated the creators of the new ballet …

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    “Cardillac” suprises with guest soloists

    15.02.2018 / Lisanna Männilaan

    On February 25, Hindemith’s opera “Cardillac” will be on the Estonian National Opera stage for the last time this season. The role of officer will be sung by Carsten Süss and in the role of cavalier is Sergiu Saplacan.In the title role is the beloved Rauno Elp, the role of Cardillac’s daughter will be sung …

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    “Cyrano de Bergerac” for the last time this season

    05.02.2018 / Liina Viru

    For the last time this season on February 10, the beloved Estonian opera “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Eino Tamberg will be on stage. The leading roles are sung by Rauno Elp, Kadri Kipper, Mehis Tiits, Jassi Zahharov, Helen Lokuta and Urmas Põldma. The conductor is Aivo Välja. “Cyrano de Bergerac” was written in 1974 by …

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    A festival of Estonian music in the opera house

    02.02.2018 / Liina Viru

    Come and celebrate 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia in its cradle The Republic of Estonia will turn 100 in February 2018 and the theatre’s 112th season is closely connected to the anniversary. “Estonian Theatre in the Estonian National Opera” (“Eesti teater Estonias”) festival will take place from 10 to 22 February and bring …

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    Come and celebrate with Estonia!

    29.01.2018 / Liina Viru

    The Republic of Estonia will soon turn 100 and the season 2017/18 is closely tied with this grand anniversary. On February 15, we would like to welcome you to our Estonian Celebration, where a thrilling concert performance, dance, warm dinner and strong drinks will keep you entertained during the whole night. Guest soloist of the …

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    Lets wish Estonia a Happy Birthday!

    26.01.2018 / Liina Viru

    On February 3, in order to congratulate Estonia on behalf of the 100th birthday, a concert of Estonian music is held in the Estonia Concert Hall. The concert combines the best of Estonian symphonic music: “Dawn” and “Homeland Tune” by Heino Eller, Symphony No. 1, Op. 57 by Eino Tamberg, “Bucolic” by Ester Mägi and …

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    The beloved ballet ”Werewolf” on stage again on February 3

    23.01.2018 / Lisanna Männilaan

    On February 3, March 2 and 25, Marina Kesler’s ballet “Werewolf” that has won the annual Estonian Theatre Award in 2007, will be on stage again. Marina Kesler: “”Werewolf” deals with the problems of human kind: the confrontation of the individual and the mass, envy, the destruction of competitors by slander, the inability of people fighting …

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    The most popular performances in 2017 were “Nutcracker”, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Le nozze di Figaro”

    20.01.2018 / Lisanna Männilaan

    In 2017 the Estonian National Opera was visited by 190,000 guests. A total of 423 shows and concerts were given. The number of sold out performances was exceptionally high. Most popular operas were “Faust” and “The Colours of Clouds”, the most popular ballets were “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs”, “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker” and …

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    New Estonian opera “Estonian History. A Nation Born of Shock” world premiere on 19 January

    19.01.2018 / Lisanna Männilaan

    New Estonian opera, „Estonian History. A Nation Born of Shock” will world premiere at the Estonian National Opera on 19 January. The opera is supported by the Estonian State and produced in cooperation with the Estonian National Opera and Kanuti Gildi SAAL. In March 2014, Estonian theatres decided to gift the Republic of Estonia with a grandiose stage …

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    On 7 and 11 January the namerole of “Carmen” will be sung by Oksana Volkova

    03.01.2018 / Lisanna Männilaan

    On 7 and 11 January, Bizet’a opera “Carmen” will be on the Estonian National Opera’s stage again. The title role will be sung by Oksana Volkova from Belarus. In the role of Don Jose will be Michael Wade Lee from USA and the role of Micaela will be sung by Elena Brazhnyk from Ukraine. The conductor is Vello Pähn. …

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    “Faust” surprises with guest-soloists

    11.12.2017 / Lisanna Männilaan

    The far-famed bass Ain Anger will be seen on the stage of Estonian National Opera again on December 20th and 27th as Mephistopheles in Gounod’s opera “Faust”. Ain Anger: “To play the role of Mephistopheles is definitely a lot more fun than some of the profoundly kind hearted characters because there is so much more …

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    Estonian National Opera holds audition for the musical “West Side Story”

    08.12.2017 / Lisanna Männilaan

    In 2018, the world will celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary. Estonian National Opera will bring on stage two of his famous works – operetta “Candide” (for the first time in Estonia) and musical “West Side Story”. Estonian National Opera will hold auditions for “West Side Story” in Tallinn, London and Stockholm, the premiere will be …

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    Tickets are available for the month of musicals and operettas

    24.11.2017 / Lisanna Männilaan

    In August 2018, Estonian National Opera invites you to enjoy a high-quality musical and operetta experience, as the beloved musical “Fiddler on the Roof” returns to the stage, having entertained 35,000 visitors already. The show is starring Mait Malmsten, Evelin Võigemast, Liina Vahtrik, Helgi Sallo, René Soom, Kadri Kipper, Anett Schneider, Kaia Oidekivi, Norman Salumäe, …

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    “The Colours of Clouds” additional performance takes place on 5 January!

    16.11.2017 / Lisanna Männilaan

    On 22 September premiered a new Estonian opera „The Colours of Clouds“ by a young composer Rasmus Puur, at the Estonian National Opera. The performance has been a tremendous success. In order to that we have put on sale an additional performance on 5 January! “The Colours of Clouds” is a story of one family …

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    „Tannhäuser“ suprises with guest-soloists

    07.11.2017 / Lisanna Männilaan

    On 9 and 11 November, Wagner’s opera “Tannhäuser”, which has won the annual theatrical prize of Estonia, will be on the Estonian National Opera’s stage again. The role of Wolfram will be sung by Lauri Vasar, one of the most sought-after Estonian soloists in the world. In the title roll will be Jeffrey Dowd from …

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    New ballet „A Streetcar named Desire“ premieres on 4 November by the Estonian National Ballet

    02.11.2017 / Lisanna Männilaan

    On the 4 November a new ballet, „A Streetcar named Desire“ by Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa will premiere at the Estonian National Opera, starring Alena Shkatula as Blanche, Ana Maria Gergely as Stella and new principal dancer Kealan McLaughlin as Stanley. The ballet is based on Tennessee Williams’ play of the same name. …

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    As part of the “Republic of Estonia 100” programme, the National Opera will perform in Russia, Finland, Latvia, and Lithuania

    23.10.2017 / Lisanna Männilaan

    On 23–25 October, The Estonian National Opera will perform at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg as part of the centenary of the Republic of Estonia. Theatre lovers of St. Petersburg will be treated to the ballet the Goblin, opera Rinaldo, and a gala concert at St. John’s Church in St. Petersburg. The performances will …

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    Estonian National Ballet’s new principal dancer Kealan McLaughlin will perform in „Onegin“ for the first time

    19.09.2017 / Lisanna Männilaan

    On the 21st of September the new principal dancer Kealan McLaughlin will perform the main role in John Cranko’s ballet „Onegin“ for the first time. In the role of Tatjana is Alena Shkatula. Kealan McLaughlin graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School in 2007 and received his Graduate Degree in 2009. He has also participated as …

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    New Estonian opera “The Colours of Clouds” by Rasmus Puur

    18.09.2017 / Ülla Veerg

    New Estonian Opera “The Colours of Clouds” by young composer Rasmus Puur will world premiere at the Estonian National Opera on 22 September. The idea of the opera is based on Jaan Kruusvall’s play “Pilvede värvid” (“The Colours of Clouds”, 1983), which is about the fleeing of Estonians from their home country in the whirlwind …

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    Stuart Sweeney: this production of Giselle will become a mainstay of the Estonian Ballet repertoire

    04.08.2017 / Ülla Veerg

    Estonian National Ballet will open the autumn season with brand new Giselle on 8 September, next performances being on 13, 23 and 29 September. Dance critic Stuart Sweeney from UK has visited the two first performances on 7 and 9 April, and here is his review to be enjoyed. I’ve been visiting Estonia for 15 …

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    Estonian National Opera’s new, 2017/2018 season

    05.06.2017 / Ülla Veerg

    Estonian National Opera will start the 2017/2018 season on 8 September with the performance of “Giselle”. Rasmus Puur’s brand new opera “The Colours of Clouds” based on Jaan Kruusvall’s play of the same name will premiere in September as the first new production. The opera raises the question of who Estonia’s freedom was restored for when everyone …

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    On 4-6 June performances by St. Petersburg Chamber Opera

    02.06.2017 / Ülla Veerg

    On 4-6 June, St. Peterburg Chamber Opera will give performances at the Estonian National Opera. The theatre will present “Die Fledermaus”, “The Pearl Fishers” and “Rigoletto”. The conductors will be Maksim Valkov and Aleksandr Goihman. In the roles will be seen Vsevolod Kalmõkov, Sofia Nekrasova, Karolina Šapovalova, Vladislav Mazankin, Denis Ahmetšin, Leonti Saljenski, Jadgar Juldašev, …

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    29 May will see the gala performance of Tallinn Ballet School

    29.05.2017 / Ülla Veerg

    On 29 May will take place the gala concert of the Tallinn Ballet School at the Estonian National Opera. This year’s gala features students from the youngest to the senior grades: Anna-Roberta Lahesoo, Innessa Glazõrina, Laura Ragel, Serafima Kolodkina, Anita Kurõljova, Elise Pottmann, Elina Masing, Aglaia Fedotova, Ulla-Mari Tammela, Marfa Sayapina, Jaan Männima, Taras Titarenko …

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    „The Bird Seller“ by Estonian director Marko Matvere

    24.05.2017 / Stina Vürmer

    Carl Zeller’s most popular operetta, „The Bird Seller” (Der Vogelhändler) will premiere at the Estonian National Opera on May 26. It is a bucolic comedy set in the 18th-century Bavaria which humorously mocks the time’s court, its petty intrigues and village romance. The operetta is directed by Marko Matvere and designed by Kristi Leppik, the …

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    International Dance Day Gala on 29 April

    17.04.2017 / Ülla Veerg

    The traditional International Dance Day Gala on 29 April presents Filipa de Castro and Carlos Pinillos from the National Ballet of Portugal, the best dancers of the Estonian National Ballet and Vanemuine Theatre. The gala features pearls from classical ballets as well as the freshest pieces in contemporary Estonian dance – the world premiere of …

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    “Giselle” to be on stage again from 7 April

    31.03.2017 / Ülla Veerg

    Ballet by Adolphe Adam “Giselle” will premiere at the Estonian National Opera on April 7. Since its premiere in 1841, “Giselle” has inspired generations of choreographers and has become the epitome of romantic ballet. It was immediately declared not only a worthy successor to the ballet “La Sylphide” but also “the greatest ballet of its …

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    Premiere of “Le nozze di Figaro” on 3 February

    03.02.2017 / Ülla Veerg

    On 3 of February will be the premiere of Mozart’s opera “Le nozze di Figaro”, staged by Marco Gandini from Italy. The first performances will be conducted by Risto Joost and the main roles sung by Kristel Pärtna or Elina Shimkus, René Soom or Jevgeni Chrebtov, Heli Veskus or Marie Fajtová, Rauno Elp or Aare …

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    110th anniversary of the Estonian National Opera Orchestra and Chorus

    30.01.2017 / Stina Vürmer

    On 18 February, Estonian National Opera and Chorus celebrate their 110th anniversary with a concert of series “Golden classics”. The programme comprises Beethoven’s Mass in C major, Op. 86 and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3. The conductor is Vello Pähn and the soloists Elena Brazhnik (soprano), Aule Urb (mezzo-soprano), Oliver Kuusik (tenor) and Märt Jakobson (Vanemuine …

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    The number of visitors at the Estonian National Opera exceeded 200,000

    01.01.2017 / Ülla Veerg

    In 2016, the number of people attending the performances, concerts, and educational programmes at the Estonian National Opera was 205,000, which is almost 15,000 more than the year before. A total of 447 performances and concerts were given with the average home stage turnout of 90% – an all-time record. “The previous year offered a …

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    Welcome to the best jazz club in town!

    22.12.2016 / Ülla Veerg

    For two nights, the dancers of the Estonian National Ballet, Triinu Leppik-Upkin and Sergei Upkin turn the Chamber Hall of the theatre into a jazz club with the help of a beloved jazz musician Toivo Unt. In the gloaming a lot of unexpected things may happen, be it a dangerous adventure, seductive affair or a …

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    New Year’s Eve ball – glamour of the 1930s

    20.12.2016 / Stina Vürmer

    The traditional New Year’s Eve ball will take place on the 31st of December at 19.30 in the Estonian National Opera. The atmosphere of this year’s ball is wrapped in the glamour and light-heartedness of the 1930s. Gerli Padar, The Swingers and the soloists, chorus, orchestra and the Estonian National Ballet perform the best of …

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    Guest soloist Raimonds Bramanis in “Rigoletto”

    15.12.2016 / Stina Vürmer

    Raimonds Bramanis will sing the role of Duke at the Estonian National Opera’s “Rigoletto” on the 18th of December. He has sung at the Estonian National opera before – the role of Alfredo in the opera “La Traviata“. Raimonds Bramanis made his debut at the Latvian National Opera as Papageno in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (2008). Before …

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    Darrel Ang will conduct Bizet’s opera “Carmen”

    29.11.2016 / Stina Vürmer

    Singapore-born conductor has a long list of prestigious accomplishments. Darrell Ang’s triumph at the 50th Besançon International Young Conductors Competition (2007), where he took all three top awards – Grand Prize, Audience Prize and Orchestra Prize – launched his international career, leading to the music directorship of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne and numerous guest …

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    Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” for the first time in Estonia

    09.11.2016 / Ülla Veerg

    Concert performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “Anna Bolena” will be performed for the first time in Estonia on November 12 at the Estonian National Opera. The conductor is Arvo Volmer, the roles will be sung by Alisa Gitsba (Helikon-Opera), Pavlo Balakin, Oksana Volkova (Belorussia), Priit Volmer, Juhan Tralla, Helen Lokuta and Mart Madiste. Few figures …

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    All Souls’ Day concert with beautiful dance

    28.10.2016 / Ülla Veerg

    On November 2, 2016 in Tallinn St John’s Church will take place All Souls’ Day concert of Estonian National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Risto Joost, Chorus Master is Elmo Tiisvald. The highlight of the hour-long concert is Mozart’s Requiem, performed by the soloists Kristel Pärtna (soprano), Helen Lokuta (mezzo-soprano), Oliver Kuusik (tenor), Pavlo …

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    Guest performances of Helikon-Opera in the Estonian National Opera

    10.10.2016 / Stina Vürmer

    On 13th–15th of October, the Estonian National Opera will swap the stage with Moscow Helikon-Opera. Helikon-Opera will give the Estonian audience the chance to see Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “The Tsar’s Bride”. The dreadful story telling of a beautiful fiancée of Ivan the Terrible, brutal rivalry, withering love and poisoned jealousy is based on the true events …

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    “The Flying Dutchman” by Italian director Pamela Recinella

    30.08.2016 / Ülla Veerg

    22 September will see the premiare of romantic opera by Richard Wagner “The Flying Dutchman”, directed by Italian stage director Pamela Recinella. The designer is Yannis Thavoris from UK, the premiere will be conducted by Vello Pähn. On 22 and 24 September the role of Daland will be sung by Ain Anger from Vienna State …

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    2016/2017 season about to start

    11.08.2016 / Stina Vürmer

    Estonian National Opera’s 111th season is like a gourmet menu with a rich selection. The season starts with summer performances on August 13 with the famous musical “Fiddler on the Roof” by Jerry Bock. Its premiere celebrates the 75th birthday of the beloved singer Helgi Sallo. The traditional Old Tallinn Gala brings together the Estonian …

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    Opera house is on summer holidays!

    28.06.2016 / Stina Vürmer

    Estonian National Opera is on summer holidays until August 12. The opera box office is closed from June 22 until July 17. You are welcome to book Your tickets by phone from Monday to Friday at 10.00–18.00, phone +372 683 1210 or over the Internet Costume Rental is closed from June 27 until July …

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    Burning dances in the attic

    15.05.2016 / Ülla Veerg

    This summer, Estonian National Ballet gives its dancers an opportunity to discover a choreographer behind the dancer-profile. On June 8 and/or 10 Eve Andre-Tuga, Yevgeni Grib, Chiara Annunziato, Mary Puart, Zachary Rogers, Bruno Micchiardi, Daniel Kirspuu, Eve Mutso etc take up the role of a choreographer and bring the audience 5–10 minute choreographic etudes performed …

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    New “Swan Lake” by the Estonian National Ballet

    14.04.2016 / Ülla Veerg

    The 15 of April will see the premiere of ballet “Swan Lake”, brought on stage by Thomas Edur. The designer is Thomas Mika and the first performance will be conducted by Vello Pähn. As one of the quintessential ballets of all time, “Swan Lake” offers an unforgettable experience of romance, virtuoso dancing and Tchaikovsky’s magnificent …

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    Moscow’s Helikon-Opera is coming to Tallinn

    07.04.2016 / Stina Vürmer

    Estonian National Opera will continue exchanging stages with its neighbouring countries. This autumn Helikon-Opera from Moscow will give an Opera Gala on October 14 and on October 13 and 15 Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride” staged by the Artistic Director of the Helikon-Opera Dmitry Bertman will be performed. Helikon-Opera and Dmitry Bertman have close artistic ties …

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    Opera soloists Heli Veskus and Jassi Zahharov got the SEB audience awards

    31.03.2016 / Ülla Veerg

    On 31 March, SEB Bank, the gold sponsor of the Estonian National Opera, gave audience awards to soprano Heli Veskus and baritone Jassi Zahharov. The traditional yearly theatre awards were given for the sixth time already and both of the soloists got 1300 EUR. “March is theatre month and we traditionally help the audience to …

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    Four Annual Theatre Awards to the Estonian National Opera

    27.03.2016 / Ülla Veerg

    The Annual Theatre Awards Gala of Estonia took place in theatre NO99 on 27 March, the international theatre day. Four awards were given to the employees of the Estonian National Opera: the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Vello Pähn got the award of music for Hindemith’s opera “Cardillac” and concert performance of the opera “Arabella” …

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    Estonian conductor Eri Klas dies

    26.02.2016 / Stina Vürmer

    World-famous Estonian conductor Eri Klas passed away on 26 February. Klas worked with over 100 symphonic orchestras in 40 countries. Born on 7 June 1939 in Tallinn, Klas was introduced to music by his mother, who was a well-known pianist. He graduated Tallinna Muusikakool in 1959 and studied under Estonian composer and conductor Gustav Ernesaks …

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    150 members of the Estonian National Opera are going to perform at MustonenFest in Israel

    22.02.2016 / Ülla Veerg

    150 members of the Estonia Theatre will travel to Israel to participate in the MustonenFest festival taking place from 22 February until 1 March. The highlights of the festival will be the performances of Handel’s operas “Julius Caesar” and “Rinaldo” in Tel Aviv Opera House under the conduction of Andres Mustonen. In addition to that, …


    In February, the visitors of the Estonian National Opera can help to elongate the life of cancer patients

    02.02.2016 / Ülla Veerg

    The 4th of February, is the World Cancer Day. On that day, the collaboration between the cancer treatment foundation The Gift of Life and the National Estonian Opera will begin. The collaboration aims to collect donations for cancer patients at 12 shows. People who go to see Medea, Aida, Cinderella, Rinaldo, Die Zirkusprinzessin, Cardillac, La …

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    Estonian National Opera set an audience record with 185,000 guests

    04.01.2016 / Ülla Veerg

    In 2015, the number of people attending the performances and concerts at the Estonian National Opera was 185,000, which is almost 35,000 more than the year before. A total of 356 performances and concerts were given with the average home stage turnout of 89% – an all-time record. “We are extremely happy about the great …

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    Tatiana Lisnic in “La bohème” in January

    18.12.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    Tatiana Lisnic will sing the role of Mimi at the Estonian National Opera’s “La bohème” on 9 and 15 January. Lisnic graduated from Chișinău Music High School and obtained further training at Cluj Conservatory in Romania. She made her operatic debut at Cluj Opera as Nedda (Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci”) and Ilia (Mozart’s “Idomeneo”). With a Karajan …

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    Estonian National Ballet to give performances at La Fenice theatre in Venice

    09.12.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    On the 9th of December, Estonian National Ballet lead by the artistic director Thomas Edur, assembled at the Tallinn Airport in order to set out for the five performances of “La Bayadère” in La Fenice theatre in Venice. The estimated number of visitors to the performances is 6000. The leading roles will be danced by …

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    Tickets to the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” available now

    15.11.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    On 16 November the Estonian National Opera begins to sell the tickets to the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”, the premiere being scheduled on June 3, 2016. The Stage Director of the production is Georg Malvius and the Designer is Ellen Cairns. The leading roles will be performed by Mait Malmsten, Evelin Võigemast and Helgi …

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    Estonian National Ballet gives performances in Finland and Italy

    12.11.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    Estonian National Ballet visits Finland on 13-15 November to give four performances of “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs” in Tampere-talo. The troupe amounts to 70 people, performances are conducted by Kaspar Mänd, the leading roles feature Svetlana Danilova, Heidi Kopti, Jonatan Davidsson and Sergei Upkin. The Hungarian choreographer Gyula Harangozó has come to greet …

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    New Year’s Eve Ball – the Waltz King Strauss

    10.10.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    On New Year’s Eve, the Estonian National Opera invites everyone to enjoy the dazzling moments provided by the music of Johann Strauss the younger! Come and dance to the music of the Waltz King performed by the orchestra of the Estonian National Opera, enjoy the witty gala performance and the festive atmosphere of the New …

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    The first ever Estonian ballet on stage again on 18 September

    05.09.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    On 18 September will be the premiere of ballet “The Goblin”, staged by choreographer Marina Kesler. “The Goblin” is the first Estonian ballet as well as Eduard Tubin’s first work for a music theatre. The work is based on a mythical character from Estonian folklore, the Goblin, whose sole purpose is to serve his greedy …

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    Estonia theatre hall seats 800 after renovation

    25.08.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    Estonian National Opera starts its 110th season on 26 August in a renovated theatre hall. Following the modification works of technical booths and the extension of the first balcony completed in the summer, the theatre hall has 800 seats instead of 700. “The modern sound and stage lighting technology do not require that much space …

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    Estonian National Opera opened the 110th season at the President’s rose garden

    13.08.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    On 13 August, the Estonian National Opera took two special trams to Kadriorg to celebrate the beginning of the 110th season. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who invited the people over, has been the theatre’s patron since 2006. “The Estonia Theatre is closely knit with the turning points of our history – the idea of statehood …

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    The Opera Platform is launched – free, live and on demand

    19.05.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    On Friday 8 May 2015, the online community discovered a new platform entirely dedicated to opera. It aims to attract those who already love opera and those curious to try it for the first time. It attracted over 108.000 visitors in its first 5 days! The European Commission’s Creative Europe programme supports this new website …

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    Students of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre conquer the stage

    15.05.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    On May 19 and 20, 2015 the young students of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EMTA) conquer the stage of the Estonian National Opera, starring in the main roles of Donizetti’s comic opera “L’elisir d’amore”. This is a wonderful opportunity to blend into one of the most popular productions of the Estonian National …

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    Estonia holds the second position in the world in the number of opera performances per million residents

    06.05.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    According to statistics recently published by, Estonia, with its 131 opera performances per million residents during the 2013/2014 season, was on the second place in a ranking of total opera performances after Austria and before Switzerland and Germany. Thus, Estonia has restored its position from two years before. Comparative statistics show that during the …

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    The winner of the redesign competition of Tammsaare Park is Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid

    24.04.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    Tammsaare Park aside the opera house of Tallinn will be redesigned. The winner of the the design competition is Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid. See the photos of the future-to-be park and the new surroundings of the opera house in newspaper Postimees! PHOTOS

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    Festival “The Great Tchaikovsky “ on April 15–19

    07.04.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    This year the world celebrates the 175th anniversary of the great Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky has presented the world many of the most beautiful operas and ballets in music history, six symphonies, instrumental concerts, cantatas and romances that have thrilled several generations. Estonian National Opera will celebrate the great event with a festival that …

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    Recording of ballet “Modigliani – the Cursed Artist” to be seen in Internet on 28 March

    24.03.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    Estonian National Broadcasting Company will show the recording of ballet “Modigliani – the Cursed Artist” on March 28 in ETV program. The show can be watched in internet at 16.40, the introduction to the theme will begin at 16.25. Choreographer of the ballet is Thomas Edur, composer is Tauno Aints. The recording was made in …

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    Gala concert Georg Ots 95

    20.03.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    On March 21 Estonian National Opera celebrates the 95th anniversary of Georg Ots – the most famous and admired Estonian singer. His expressive and lyrical baritone voice has left a deep impression in the hearts of the audience. Ots’ frequent performances of classical music and pop concerts on the radio and TV made him a …

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    Ballet “Onegin” for the first time in Estonia

    16.03.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    March 19 will see the premiere of Cranko’s ballet “Onegin” on the stage of the Estonian National Opera. “Onegin” will be staged by Jane Bourne, the designer is Thomas Mika, lighting designer is Steen Bjarke and the conductors will be Vello Pähn, Jüri Alperten and Kaspar Mänd. Performed by the Estonian National Ballet, this is …

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    Sales of tickets 2015/2016 starts on 2 March

    28.02.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    Estonian National Opera starts the sales of 2015/2016 season on 2 March. The season will start on 26 August and end on 21 June 2016. The first performance of the new season will be Kálmán’s hit-parade-operetta “Die Zirkusprincessin”. The summer will draw to end with two Vana Tallinn Galas, the first performed on 29 August …

  • DVD of opera “Faust” on sales at the Estonian National Opera

    26.02.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    On 26 February, the Estonian National Opera began to sell the DVD of opera “Faust” by Charles Gounod, recorded in cooperation with the ERR on 23 and 25 January 2014. The soloists of the recording are Oliver Kuusik, Ain Anger, Joanna Freszel, Rauno Elp, Helen Lokuta, Mart Laur, Urmas Põldma etc. The conductor is Vello …

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    The presentation concert of the new Estonia piano was held in Sloviansk on 20 January

    21.01.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    On 20 January was held the presentation concert of the new Estonia piano at the Sloviansk School of Fine Arts. The General Manager of the Estonian National Opera Aivar Mäe took part in the concert. In October and November, the Estonian National Opera held the charitable campaign “Estonia for Ukraine” to purchase a new Estonia …

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    Estonian National Ballet gives performances in Sevilla on January 8–11

    06.01.2015 / Ülla Veerg

    Estonian National Ballet began its trip to Spain today to give 5 performances of “The Nutcracker” in Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville on January 8–11. There are 89 people in the troupe, including 19 students of the Tallinn Ballet School. The leading roles are danced by Ekaterina Oleynik, Alena Shkatula, Abigail Sheppard, Luana Georg, …

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    Operetta by Imre Kálmán “Die Zirkusprinzessin” back on stage after 50 years break

    13.12.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    The 3 of January will see the premiere of operetta by Imre Kálmán “Die Zirkusprinzessin” at the Estonian National Opera. Stage director of the production is Thomas Mittmann and the designer Gilberto Giardini, both from Germany. The conductors will be Lauri Sirp, Jüri Alperten and Kaspar Mänd. Imre Kálmán ranks next to Franz Lehár as …

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    Estonian National Opera raised EUR 34,467 to buy a piano for the children of Sloviansk

    03.12.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    In October and November, the National Opera held the charitable campaign “Estonia for Ukraine” whose proceeds will benefit the purchase of a new Estonia concert piano for the students of the Sloviansk School of Fine Arts. A total of EUR 34,467 was raised as ticket proceeds from charity concerts and donations collected in donation boxes …

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    November and December bring excellent guests on the opera stage

    20.11.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    On November 28 and December 27 the U.S. tenor Michael Wade Lee stars as Alfredo in Verdi’s “La traviata”. Critics have described Lee as “…that rarity among operatic tenors, a really good-looking, virile, well-built and gifted thespian with a wide-ranging voice to match”. The timeless opera classics “La traviata” has become one of the most …

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    Opera “Snegurochka” for the first time in Estonia

    15.11.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    On 19 November Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Snegurochka” continues Estonian National Opera’s successful series of concert performances of operas, being 14th on the list. The opera will be conducted by the artistic director and chief conductor Vello Pähn. The soloists of the concert are Evgeniya Sotnikova from Bavarian State Opera, Maxim Paster from the Bolshoi Theatre, Yaroslava Kozina …

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    “The Sleeping Beauty” by Thomas Edur

    27.10.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    14 November will see the first night of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet „The Sleeping Beauty“ by the Estonian National Ballet. The Choreographer and Stage Director of the new redaction is Thomas Edur (based on Marius Petipa’s choreograpy) and Designer Peter Docherty from England. Performances will be conducted by Vello Pähn, Jüri Alperten and Kaspar Mänd. Lighting …

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    A new piano for the children of Sloviansk

    28.09.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    Estonian National Opera will hold a charity concert “Estonia for Ukraine” on October 20, in order to use the money raised from the donations to purchase a new Estonia Piano for the pupils of Sloviansk School of Fine Arts. Together with the soloists of the Estonian National Opera and Ballet the soloists and principal dancers …

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    Premiere of opera “Rinaldo” on 18 September

    15.09.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    September 18 will see the premiere of opera by Georg Friedrich Händel “Rinaldo” at the Estonian National Opera. Conductors of the production are Andres Mustonen and Risto Joost, stage director is William Relton, set designer Cordelia Chisholm and lighting designer Johanna Town. William Relton: “When I first saw “Rinaldo”, nothing had prepared me for the …

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    The 109th season of the Estonian National Opera begins on 10 September

    05.08.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    The Estonian National Opera will launch its new season with a three-day festival taking place from September 5 through September 7 introducing the new productions of the season and treat the audience to theatre-related goods. The first day of the festival is dedicated to ballet whilst the focus of the second day is on opera, …

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    Opera concerts in Tallinn Town Hall

    04.07.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    On July 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29 there will take place traditional summer opera concerts in the Tallinn Town Hall. Next to the soloists of the Estonian National Opera Kadri Kipper, Oliver Kuusik and Rauno Elp, will perform Luc Robert from Canada, Kataržyna Mackiewicž from Poland and others. On July 15: Luc Robert (tenor, …

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    Estonian National Opera had a successful season

    20.06.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    On 20 June, a performance of “L’elisir d’amore” ended the 108th season of the Estonian National Opera. During the season, a total of 194,000 people visited the jubilee festival of the Estonia theatre building; the festivals “Verdissimo!” and “Estonian ballet 95”; the opera, ballet and operetta performances; concerts, children’s shows and educational projects. It is …

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    New guest soloists in “La traviata”

    10.06.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    “La traviata” on 11 June will surprise with two young guest soloists – Marie Fajtová in the role of Violetta and Raimonds Bramanis in the role of Alfredo. The performace will be conducted by Risto Joost. Marie Fajtová first studied piano at Prague Conservatory (1992–1998) and then singing with Professor Jiří Kotouč (1998–2003). Currently she …

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    A love potion that really works …

    22.05.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    Göran Forsling / Seen and Heard International / May 2014 / A cock’s crowing and a dog’s barking off-stage while the villagers fill the stage before the overture, inform us that we are in a farming area – as we should be in this rural comedy. But things have changed since 1832. One hundred years …

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    Georg Malvius brings to stage “L’elisir d’amore” by Gaetano Donizetti

    14.05.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    On 15th of May will be the premiere of opera “L’elisir d’amore” at the Estonian National Opera, staged by Georg Malvius from Sweden. The designer is Ellen Cairns, lighting designer Palle Palmé and choreographer Adrienne Abjörn. Premiere will be conducted by Vello Pähn, in the main roles perform Oliver Kuusik, Kristel Pärtna, René Soom, Rauno …

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    ERGO dance awards were given to Abigail Sheppard and Vitali Nikolajev

    03.05.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    On May 3, the ERGO Dance Awards 2014 were handed over to Abigail Sheppard and Vitali Nikolajev – dancers of the Estonian National Ballet. Yearly awards of the main sponsor of the national ballet – ERGO – have been given since 2010 already. The awards were given to the dancers by Maarika Liivamägi, Member of …

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    International Dance Day with the Estonian National Ballet and guests

    29.04.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    This year, Estonian National Ballet cooperates with Vanemuine Theatre to celebrate the International Dance Day. On May 3, the ballet troupe of Vanemuine will give a performance of Giorgio Madia’s ballet “La dolce vita” in the first part of the dance day ballet gala in Tallinn. The one-act-ballet is inspired by Fellini’s film of the …

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    “Tannhäuser” – best production of the theatre year in Estonia

    27.03.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    On March 27, the international theatre day, Estonian theatre awards of 2014 were handed over in Tallinn City Theatre. Estonian National Opera got prizes in five categories: PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR : „TANNHÄUSER“ Stage director Daniel Slater, designer Leslie Travers, conductors Vello Pähn, Jüri Alperten, Mihhail Gerts, lighting designer Anton Kulagin, choreographer Kati Kivitar. MUSIC …

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    SEB audience awards were given to Juuli Lill and René Soom

    26.03.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    On 26 March, the Gold Sponsor of the Estonian National Opera, SEB Bank handed over awards to the opera soloists chosen by the audience. Favourite soloists of 2014 were Juuli Lill and René Soom, who both get a prize of 1300 EUR. Juuli Lill has studied singing at Saint Petersburg Conservatory (1999–2001) with Prof. Iraida …

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    Tickets of the 2014/2015 season on sale now

    28.02.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    The season will kick off on September 10 with Donizetti’s comical opera “L’elisir d’amore”. As the first new production of the season, William Relton and Cordelia Chisholm from England will produce Handel’s opera “Rinaldo” scheduled to premiere on September 18. The stage director William Relton reminisces on his first encounter with the opera: “When I …

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    Ain Anger receives the national culture award

    13.02.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    Estonian Ministry of Culture has announced the winners of the national culture award for the year 2013. Among other well-known Estonian cultural figures, bass singer Ain Anger will receive the award for his remarkable roles at the Estonian National Opera as well as his international activities. Ain Anger sang at the Estonian National Opera in …

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    Tickets to guided tours available now

    13.02.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    Would you like to see more of Tallinn Opera House or learn about life of the Estonian National Opera and Ballet? Join us for a 1-hour guided tour and gain an insight into some of the many facilities the Opera House has to offer. Come and see what goes on behind the scenes before the …

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    Guest star in “Manon” – Friedemann Vogel

    08.02.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    On 13 and 22 February the role of De Grieux in ballet “Manon” will be danced by Friedemann Vogel from Stuttgart Ballet. Friedemann Vogel received his ballet training at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart and subsequently received the John Gilpin scholarship to study with Marika Besobrasova at the Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grasse …

  • “Modigliani – the cursed artist” and “Faust” to be recorded by ERR

    21.01.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    ERR 21.01.2014 / ERR TV company will be working at the Estonian National Opera house from 22 to 25 January in order to record the two most popular stagings – opera “Faust” by Gounod (staged by Dmitri Bertman, in the role of Mephistopheles Ain Anger) and ballet “Modigliani – the cursed artist” (staged by Thomas …

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    Mezzo TV broadcasts Estonian National Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

    07.01.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    On January 8 and 11 at 10.30, Mezzo TV will broadcast “The Nutcracker” by the Estonian National Ballet, recorded on December 18, 2012 in Teatro La Fenice. The touring production was recorded on the 120th anniversary of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”. The leading roles feature Alena Shkatula, Galina Rohumaa and Vladislav Lantratov as a guest soloist …

  • Guest soloists in January

    01.01.2014 / Ülla Veerg

    Estonian National opera will start the new year on 3 January with opera “La traviata”, conducted by maestro Eri Klas. First ballet performance, “The Nutcracker” takes place on 4 January. Visitors of Tallinn should pay attention to the list of guest soloists, singing at the Estonian National Opera in January: on 5 and 10 January …

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    Wayne McGregor’s “Symbiont(s)” for the first time in Estonia

    06.11.2013 / Ülla Veerg

    November 15 will see the premiere of Wayne McGregor’s ballet “Symbiont(s)” in Estonia. Originally created for The Royal Ballet in 2000, “Symbiont(s)” is a hybrid work of stylistic extremes. Centered around a series of enigmatic puzzles for seven dancers, each subverting and challenging the classical technique, this fascinating work is set in a blazing environment …

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    The Board of the National Opera has decided to renew the employment contract with Aivar Mäe

    28.10.2013 / Ülla Veerg

    According to the decision of the Board of the Estonian National Opera, the employment contract with Aivar Mäe, the General Manager of the theatre, will be renewed for the next five-year term of office, which will begin August 1, 2014. “I negotiated with Aivar Mäe on behalf of the Members of the Board and he …

  • Ain Anger and Mati Turi in November at the Estonian National Opera

    21.10.2013 / Ülla Veerg

    November will see on the stage of the Estonian National Opera two internationally known Estonian soloists – bass Ain Anger and tenor Mati Turi. Both singers participate in “Tannhäuser” on 14 and 16 November, Ain Anger will also sing in “Faust” on 20 and 22 November. Some more guests will be seen and heard in …

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