Come and celebrate with Estonia!
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 evening is Ain Anger.
For this special night, we have carefully chosen highlights from Estonian stage works and woven them into a fine and witty new production. You will meet Lembitu, Saare Juhan, Olav, Erna, Cyrano, the Goblin and many other important and diverse characters in the cultural development of Estonians. Estonian composers have written many beautiful pieces and the Estonian National Opera will bring the best of it to its audiences.
During the 1 hour 45 minute intermission you will be asked to enjoy a hearty meal, excellent drinks and live music in different halls and cafes of the theatre performed by Väikeste Lõõtspillide Ühing, Väliharf, Juhan Uppin and Audru Jõelaevanduse punt.
Let’s enjoy ourselves and have a spin on the dancefloor!
Dress code: national.
Lets wish Estonia a Happy Birthday!
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 Symphony No. 2 by Lepo Sumera. Estonian National Opera Orchestra is conducted by Vello Pähn.
The beloved ballet ”Werewolf” on stage again on February 3
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 for their love and be true to yourself.”
Tiit Helimets’ short ballet “Time” will also get a revival. The ballet makes people think about how they use their time. How does our life change with time? How do we change with time? What will time bring us and how do we see it? Every second is important and every minute lost makes us panic, an hour feels too long and it seems that we are wasting our time.
The most popular performances in 2017 were “Nutcracker”, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Le nozze di Figaro”
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 “A streetcar named Desire”. The most popular musicals were „My Fair Lady“, „The Bird Seller“ and „Fiddler on the Roof“.
The performances that got the highest number of visitors were “The Nutcracker” (10823), “Fiddler on the Roof” (9924) and “Le nozze di Figaro” (9605). In 2017, educational projects had an exceptionally large number of young visitors – a total of 15,000.
New Estonian opera “Estonian History. A Nation Born of Shock” world premiere on 19 January
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 project, which will present the audiences with a story of a century of the republic. In the framework of the project, 24 theatres will create 12 performances from the autumn of 2017 until the spring of 2018. The theatres raffled partners and divided the decades amongst themselves. Fortune chose for the joint effort of the Estonian National Opera and the Kanuti Gildi SAAL to reflect the sixties.
As a lucky coincidence, the partners had in their possession a libretto and a score of a piece yet unknown on the landscape of Estonian opera. It was written around the sixties by an innovative inventor and scientist Manfred MIM. The opera tells a story of a people and a land whose history has been affected by a great cosmic natural disaster, which caused them to inadvertently be the founders of the European culture since the early Iron Ages.
After almost two years of insistent work, the group of more than 10 creative members of MIMproject have worked their way through most of Manfred MIM’s notes and restored and deciphered the musical score. It is a monumental task, as at the time he wrote the opera neither the era’s modern music nor the stage technical facilities had developed to the level Manfred had hoped to use in his work. Therefore, some of the notes have been recorded in an unprecedented way and on many occasions the first task is to recreate the language for reading his scripts. Even now many of his ideas need the use of newest technology and it is very likely that quite a few of those elements will be used for the first time in an opera.
Creating the opera is a monumental task and engages the maximum creative and technical force by the Estonian National Opera, Kanuti Gildi SAAL and MIMproject.
The lecacy of Manfred MIM has been researched and prepared for the stage by: Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes, Andrus Laansalu, Andrus Aaslaid, Karl Saks, Raul Keller, Taavet Jansen, Maike Lond Malmborg, Oksana Tralla, Mart Koldits, Henri Hütt, Kalle Tikas, Andres Tenusaar and Evi Pärn.
Presented by the soloists of the Estonian National Opera, dancers of the Estonian National Ballet, the orchestra and the chorus. Conductor Kaspar Mänd.
On 7 and 11 January the namerole of “Carmen” will be sung by Oksana Volkova
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.
Oksana Volkova studied at the Belarusian State Academy of Music. Her many awards include first prizes at the Glinka and Antonín Dvořák competitions. She made her first appearance as a guest soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre in 2010. Since then, her roles have included the title role in Bizet’s “Carmen”, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Lyubasha (“The Tsar’s Bride”) and Boy (“The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya”), Olga (Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”), Fenena (Verdi’s “Nabucco”).
Her international engagements include Olga for Teatro Real, Madrid, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Carmen for Teatro Colon, Latvian National Opera and in Salzburg, Savona, Tokyo and Beijing, Olga, Maddalena in Verdi’s “Rigoletto” and Sonetka (Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk”) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Santuzza (Mascagni’s “Cavalleria rusticana”) for Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Laura (Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda”) in Palermo, Marguerite (Berlioz’s “La Damnation de Faust”) for Opéra de Nice, Maddalena for Bavarian State Opera and Dalila (Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila”) in Beijing.