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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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    Aivar Mäe will be awarded with the Baltic Star Award 2013

    10.10.2013 / Ülla Veerg

    The Xth awarding ceremony of the international prize for the development and strengthening of humanitarian links between the countries of the Baltic region “Baltic Star” will take place on 11 October in the Hermitage Theatre. The Baltic star award 2013 winners are: • Art Director – The Director of the Mariinsky Theater, conductor, People’s Artist …

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    Nominees for the Annual Theatre Awards have been made public

    01.03.2013 / Ülla Veerg

    The Estonian Theatre Association disclosed the nominees for the Annual Theatre Awards for the work done in 2012. The winners will be awarded at the celebration of the World Theatre Day on March 27 at 7 PM in Endla Theatre. The nominees for musical and ballet performances are: Musical performance award Jury: Kerri Kotta (chairman), …

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    Ain Anger awarded with the Third Class Order of the White Star

    07.02.2013 / Ülla Veerg

    In the period leading to the 95th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Estonia awards honorary decorations to thank and acknowledge people who have demonstrated high professionalism, resourcefulness, perseverance, and in several cases, also courage in various spheres of life. They care about Estonia and values that our state is based on. …

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    Belarusian culture days in Estonia

    06.02.2013 / Ülla Veerg

    Belarusian culture days in Estonia take place from 8 to 13 February 2013. The central events of the programme are the guest performances of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus in the Estonian National Opera. The audience is treated to the ballets Spartacus (8 February 2013), Thamar and …

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    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 …

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