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The enchanting “Swan Lake” on October 4th and 20th

In October a highlight of world ballet – Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” will be on the stage of the Estonian National Ballet. On October 4th, the technically demanding double role of Odette/Ottilie will be tackled by a demi-soloist Ketlin Oja, the role of Prince Siegfried will be performed by principal dancer Kealan McLaughlin. The conductor is Vello Pähn.

“Swan Lake” offers an unforgettable experience of romance, virtuoso dance and Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music. Despite the poor reception of the premiere in 1877, it has become one of the most loved and frequently performed pieces.
The technically demanding double role of Odette/Ottilie poses a challenge for any prima ballerina. Although “Swan Lake” has been restaged in many versions throughout the ballet’s history, most companies rely on the 1985 version by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. Thomas Edur’s version combines beautiful dance classics with a loved story of romance, sorcery and the struggle between good and evil.

According to stage director Thomas Edur, Tchaikovsky’s music is immortal, thanks to which the “Swan Lake” has survived to this day. “When staging “Swan Lake”, I wanted to make it clearer and more compact, while being true to the original. I am respectful of the original choreography by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa and I am convinced that classics must remain classics,” added Edur.

Those who do not have enough time at the beginning of October, are welcome to enjoy the show on October 20th, with principal dancer Alena Shkatula as Odette/Ottilie and demi-soloist Andrea Fabbri, doing a role debut as Prince Siegfried.

Puccini’s opera “The Girl of the Golden West“ directed by José Cura will premiere on September 21st

On September 21st, Giacomo Puccini’s ““The Girl of the Golden West“” hits the stage of the Estonian National Opera after 55 years. Puccini’s musical vision of the American West is vividly brought to life by one of the greatest operatic names of our time, José Cura – an Argentinean tenor, conductor, director, scenographer known for his intense and original interpretations of opera characters.

The main roles will be sung by Olga Mykytenko, Rauno Elp or Atlan Karp, Sergey Polyakov, Reigo Tamm or Mehis Tiits, Priit Volmer or Märt Jakobson, Juuli Lill or Helen Lokuta. The conductor is José Cura or Jüri Alperten.

Puccini’s gorgeous melodies and orchestral colours are set against the backdrop of a gold-mining frontier camp, where a poker-playing, pistol-carrying saloon owner Minnie finds herself in a love triangle with a handsome outlaw Dick Johnson alias José Ramirez and the sheriff Jack Rance, who is in hot pursuit of him. Minnie has to fight for her love and for the chance to start a new life with her love by her side.

Estonian Theatre celebrates its 112th birthday

Today, on September 16th, Estonian Theatre “Estonia” celebrates its 112th birthday. “Estonia” celebrates with the veterans of the theatre – before the show, a festive reception will take place in the White Hall, and a performance of Pál Ábrahám’s “Savoy ball” will be watched together.

“The relationship of the past and the future is very important to us. The value of this theatre are the people who create these connections,” said the theatre director Aivar Mäe. “So, we get together annually on the birthday of the theater, on September 16th, in order to remember the days in the past and look in the future. Congratulations to all of the Estonians!” added Mäe.

In 1865, the song and drama society “Estonia” was founded in Tallinn. In 1906, the society became the basis for the professional theatre founded by the directors and actors Paul Pinna and Theodor Altermann called “Estonia”, which moved  moved to a newly built theater house on the Estonian Avenue in 1913. Since 1998, it bears the name The Estonian National Opera and operates as a body governed by public law according to the National Opera Law passed in 1997 in the Republic of Estonia.

Estonian opera „Estonian history. A nation born of shock“ on stage again!

Due to great interest of the audience, Estonian opera, “Estonian History. A Nation Born of Shock” will be on the Estonian National Opera’s stage once again. The opera is supported by the Estonian State and produced in cooperation with the Estonian National Opera and Kanuti Gildi SAAL.

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. Touch of good humor, modern music and great performance by the soloists offer a memorable Estonian opera experience.

Performances in Autumn take place on September 26th and October 5th!

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