On May 31 and June 12, Saint-Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre’s soloist Denis Klimuk will be starring as Prince Siegfried in „Swan Lake“ by Tchaikovsky. Denis Klimuk graduated from Belarusian State Choreographic College …
On May 24, legendary musical “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein will premiere at the Estonian National Opera. For the first time in Estonia, it is possible to hear the musical in Estonian as well …
Sales of tickets 2015/2016 starts on 2 March
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 in Tartu Vanemuine Concert House and the second on 5 September in the theatre hall of the Estonian National Opera. Ain Anger will star as the guest soloist at both galas. Anger will also sing Mephistopheles in “Faust” on 27 August and 3 September.
As the first new production of the season, Marina Kesler will stage Eduard Tubin’s ballet “The Goblin” scheduled to premiere on September 18. In Marina Kesler’s rendition, the story crosses the borders of one nation’s folklore and raises the question – what is important in today’s material and racing world? Is there room for love?
The month will end with a glorious gala concert on October 22 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Estonia Society. The 150-year-old Estonia Society is a phenomenon in the history of the Estonians. On the Society’s initiative the Estonia Theatre and Concert House was built, a temple of culture that in various times has been the symbol of Estonian culture, state and independence.
The season will continue on November 6 with the world premiere of the children’s musical “Karlsson on the Roof”, based on Astrid Lindgren’s novel of the same name, music by Tauno Aints, libretto by Wimberg, staged by Ain Mäeots.
Estonian National Opera welcomes its audiences in the Estonia Concert Hall to enjoy the concert performance of Richard Strauss’ comic opera “Arabella” on November 18, conducted by Vello Pähn. The story is about a young and headstrong woman Arabella, who dreams of overwhelming love and marrying “the right man”. Her dreams are threatened by her parents’ plan to wed her to a rich family friend Mandryka. Their plans are being averted, when true love enters the scene, and a visit from a mysterious man changes everything.
To get us in the Christmas spirit, “Estonian National Opera Christmas Concert” will take place on December 20 in St John’s Church in Tallinn. The New Year will be seen in with the New Year’s Eve Ball full of beautiful melodies by Johann Strauss and the chance to dance to big symphony orchestra.
New Year will be ushered in on January 22 by the premiere of Verdi’s masterpiece “Aida”. Stage director Tobias Kratzer: „Verdi’s masterpiece „Aida“ is a suspenseful thriller of love and betrayal. It is as close to the splendours of Grand Opèra as it is to the psychological depths of Henrik Ibsen. “Aida” is probably most famous for the Triumphal March that welcomes Radames back from war as a winner – slaves and elephants included. But being a chamber piece at heart, the opera’s “ancient Egyptian setting” turns out to be less a real location than a symbol for the states of mind of its characters: their phantasies of magnificence, their military vigour, their love being larger than life.“
On February 20, the orchestra of the Estonian National Opera will give a concert within the series “Golden Classics” in the Estonia Concert Hall. The orchestra is lead by Vello Pähn.
The soloists of the Estonian National Opera Chorus will bring sunshine to you on March 8 with a traditional Women’s Day Concert in the Tallinn Town Hall.
The ballet event of the spring season is the evergreen classics “Swan Lake” that mounts the stage on April 15. Thomas Edur’s staging combines an unforgettable experience of romance, virtuoso dancing and Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music. A traditional International Dance Day Ballet Gala will be held on April 29. The Tallinn Ballet School Gala will bring to you the young future soloists of Estonian ballet on May 29.
The theatre has given popular tours and this season is no exception. The company will tour Estonia, bringing music to Pärnu, Tartu, Paide and Jõhvi with Minkus’ ballet “La Bayadère”, Leigh’s musical “Man of La Mancha”, Verdi’s opera “La traviata” and Kálmán’s operetta “Die Zirkusprinzessin”. Estonian National Ballet will take Harangozó’s ballet “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs” to Tampere-Talo in Finland and Minkus’ ballet “La Bayadère” to La Fenice in Venice. The opera soloists will bring the opera fans in Israel Händel’s “Julius Caesar” and “Rinaldo” as well as an opera gala.
DVD of opera “Faust” on sales at the Estonian National Opera
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 Pähn. The opera was staged in 2012 by Dmitri Bertman and the designer was Ene-Liis Semper.
The DVD is produced by Estonian Record Productions, it is available at the box office of the Estonian National Opera.