• Winners of the Annual Theatre Award announced

    27.03.2020 / Leenu Nigu


    Yesterday, on the eve of World Theatre Day the winners of the Annual Theatre Award were announced! The following people from Estonian National Opera and Ballet received the annual awards: Kristel Pärtna – music award …

  • Estonian National Opera announces new programme for May and June 2020

    23.03.2020 / Alisson Kruusmaa


    From March 13 all Estonian National Opera performances, excursions and educational projects are cancelled due to the national state of emergency declared by the Estonian government in regard to COVID-19 virus spread. All theatre events …


Mezzo-soprano Kai Rüütel on the stage of Estonian National Opera!

On November 7 and 18, the lead role in Bizet’s opera “Carmen” will be performed by marvelous mezzo-soprano Kai Rüütel.

So far, Rüütel’s international career has been remarkable. She has been engaged at Royal Opera House, Dutch National Opera, Teatro Real, Vlaamse Opera, Gran Teatro del Liceu, Scottish Opera, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, and Dallas Opera. A consummate singer and actress, she has collaborated with directors such as Robert Carsen, Laurent Pelly, Keith Warner and Calixto Beito.

Recent concert and recital performances include her Estonian recital debut, accompanied by Roger Vignoles, her US debut with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra singing Mozart’s Requiem; a hugely acclaimed debut performance of Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius” for The Three Choirs Festival; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Residentie Orchestra of the Netherlands; Mahler “Rückert Lieder” at the Cadogan Hall; Beethoven Mass in C with City of Birmingham Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras, Zemlinsky’s “Sechz Gasange” at Philharmonie Berlin; gala concerts in Latvia, the Czech Republic and with the RTE Orchestra and John Wilson; and Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Stars Opera gala at Birgitta Festival (2018).

“Carmen” premiered at the Estonian National Opera on May 26, 2011. The opera is staged by Walter Sutcliffe (England), designer is Liina Keevallik, lighting-designer Maldar-Mikk Kuusk and choreographer Claudia Lenaerts (Ševtšenko). Starring Kai Rüütel (Carmen), Luc Robert (Don José), Elena Bražnik (Micaëla), Jassi Zahharov (Escamillo), Olga Zaitseva (Frasquita), Kristel Pärtna (Mercedes) jt. Conductor Jüri Alperten.

Coming soon