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

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 created by a partnership led by Opera Europa, the European association of opera companies and festivals, with cultural broadcaster ARTE and fifteen opera companies: Austria: Wiener Staatsoper; Belgium: La Monnaie/De Munt Bruxelles; Finland: Finnish National Opera Helsinki; France: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Opéra national de Lyon; Germany: Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Stuttgart; Italy: Teatro Regio Torino; Latvia: Latvian National Opera Riga; Netherlands: Dutch National Opera Amsterdam; Norway: Den Norske Opera og Ballett Oslo; Poland: Teatr Wielki Opera Naradowa Warsaw; Spain: Teatro Real Madrid; United Kingdom: Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera. This multinational partnership opens new perspectives for opera’s reach in Europe and beyond. The Opera Platform is available in three languages – English, French and German – and will offer free content, rich in information: full opera performances and extracts; synopses and background material; artist interviews and behind-the scenes documentaries. The opera houses of Europe invite you to discover their archives and their current productions.
The European opera season of the platform will add at least one new opera per month, subtitled in six languages – English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish – and available on demand for six months. New additional content will regularly enrich the offer. The Opera Platform was launched with the live transmission from Madrid’s Teatro Real of La traviata which has so far been watched by 55000 viewers . Further showcase operas in the launch month include Król Roger from Royal Opera House Covent Garden from last Saturday, Kullervo from Finnish National Opera Helsinki and Valentina from Latvian National Opera Riga.

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

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 Opera. The project gives young students an important experience within a real performance: the feeling of being on a big stage, singing to the accompaniment of the theatre’s symphony orchestra and opera chorus. The costumes will be fitted for the students and the stage director Georg Malvius will personally come to instruct them. There have been projects of mutual cooperation before, but never on such a grand scale.

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

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 2013/2014 season, Estonian National Opera had 20 operas in its programme and altogether 108 operas were performed, i.e. 64% of all performances.

Two professional opera houses are active in Estonia. With festival performances, private projects and student works, an average of 5 to 10 new opera performances are staged every year.


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