• There are currently no tours at the Opera House

    09.09.2020 / Marion Leppik


    Due to the rapid increase of the infection rate in Tallinn, the administration of the Estonian National Opera has decided to suspend the public house tours until the end of the season. If you have already …

  • New safety rules

    24.08.2020 / Marion Leppik


    For the health and safety of all of us, please follow these guidelines: * Please arrive early, avoid gathering in crowds and keep distance from other theatre visitors. * Please disinfect your hands when entering …


Tallink becomes a major supporter of Estonian culture

Tallink Grupp today announced signing cooperation agreements with the Estonian National Opera and Vanemuine Theatre for three seasons, thus becoming the main sponsor of both cultural organisations. It is reportedly the very first time in Estonia that a private company commits itself to becoming the main sponsor for two major Estonian cultural organisations simultaneously.

“Estonia and Vanemuine are significant bearers of our culture and the greatest cultural organisations in Estonia. They do not only bring together committed singers, dancers, musicians, actors, technical experts and professionals, modern theatre houses and captivating audiences, but are also symbols of the Estonian culture,” Paavo Nõgene, Chairman of the Management Board of Tallink Grupp, said.

“With its 30-year history Tallink can be regarded as the embodiment of Estonian entrepreneurship and enterprising spirit. As the largest company in Estonia we feel we have responsibilities towards the societies in which we operate, but for us these new agreements are also an investment – an investment we are making for our employees, customers, cooperation partners. We hope that with their high artistic levels, both theatres will bring tourists who are seeking cultural experiences from Scandinavia and elsewhere here to Estonia, so that there would be more reasons for everyone to visit Estonia again and again. Furthermore, I hope that our cooperation will inspire other Estonian companies to contribute to our culture, sports and society on a broader scale as well,” Nõgene noted.

„We are proud and glad to have this opportunity to become the main sponsor for Vanemuine Theatre which is about to celebrate its 150th anniversary and for the Estonian National Opera which recently marked its 113th anniversary. We hope that one day Tallink will also be able to celebrate such notable anniversaries,“ Nõgene said.

The Director General of the Estonian National Opera, Aivar Mäe hopes that Tallink Grupp and the theatres will have a long-term cooperation. „We are extremely glad that Tallink as the most highly esteemed organisation in its own field is willing to support the flagships of Estonian culture. It will give us the opportunity to offer our audience even better and higher-quality theatre experiences.“

“Vanemuine has very high hopes for the cooperation with Tallink. It is also our great desire to introduce the Estonian culture here and further afield, to encourage culturally minded people of different countries to travel and partake in what is on offer in our theatres. We are very pleased that we have found a very strong partner for ourselves in Tallink, in partnership with whom we can offer even more exciting theatre experiences!” Toomas Peterson, the General Manager of Vanemuine Theatre said.

Today at the event where the new cooperation agreements were announced in Tallinn harbour on board Tallink ferry Silja Europa, Aivar Mäe, Toomas Peterson and Paavo Nõgene hoisted a new signal flag „Culture on board“. With the help of signal flags ships have historically exchange messages with each other. The specially designed new signal flag marks the new sponsorship agreement and was given as a gift to the Estonian National Opera and Vanemuine Theatre to mark the cooperation.

Tallink cooperates with and provides sponsorship for a number of different organisations, projects and initiatives both in Estonia and in its other home markets. In addition to cooperation with organisations focusing on the protection of natural and marine environment, such as WWF, the company is contributing to organisations in the fields of children and youth, education, sports and culture, as well as supporting maritime rescue and education in its home markets.

Tallink supports charity organisations, such as My Dream Day, I Help Children, social projects like My State, and cooperates closely with Estonian Maritime Academy. Of sports federations, Tallink is the main sponsor of the Estonian Tennis Association. Tallink also sponsors running races held in Tallinn, such as Tallink Women´s Run and Tallinn Marathon. With regards to cultural events, Tallink has supported the annual Birgitta Festival and has been a long-standing supporter of Jazzkaar and PÖFF.

AS Tallink Grupp is one of the leading providers of passenger transport and cargo services in the northernmost area of the Baltic Sea region. The group has a fleet of 14 vessels and provides its services under the brand names of Tallink and Silja Line on seven different routes. AS Tallink Grupp employs more than 7400 people in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Russia and Germany. In 2018 Tallink Grupp serviced 9.8 million passengers and transported nearly 385 000 units of cargo. Tallink Grupp’s shares are listed on the Tallinn Stock Exchange and on the Nasdaq Helsinki Stock Exchange.

Premiere of „Romeo and Juliet“ by Sergey Prokofiev

On March 29, timeless ballet „Romeo and Juliet“ by Sergey Prokofiev will have its premiere. The story of “Romeo and Juliet” is the greatest tragic love story of all time. Shakespeare’s heartrending masterpiece is set to Prokofiev’s music and expressed by Edur’s innovative choreography.

The ballet’s path to the stage was rocky. It was initially planned for production by the Kirov Ballet (now the Mariinsky Ballet) in 1935. However, even before Prokofiev had begun to write, the Kirov collaboration fell through as the composer had set out to rewrite the script, granting his ballet score a happy ending. Despite the fact that he returned to the original ending, the ballet production was cancelled. Prokofiev offered it instead to Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet, but its dancers dismissed the piece as impossible for dancing. With this second rejection, the composer converted the score into two orchestral suites, which were first performed in 1936 and 1937. The ballet itself finally reached the stage in 1938, but in Brno. The first Russian performance of “Romeo and Juliet” was given at the Kirov Theater on January 11, 1940. Despite so little hope for success, the ballet was well received and has been popular ever since.

The choreographer and stage director of „Romeo and Juliet“ is Thomas Edur. Designer is Iir Hermeliin and lighting designer Rasmus Rembel. Conductors are Kaspar Mänd, Lauri Sirp and Vello Pähn.

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The season starts on 14 August with the performances of Leonard Bernstein’s popular musical “West Side Story”. Again it is possible to enjoy the performances both in Estonian and English in the rendition of the best musical singers in Estonia and abroad. The traditional Vana Tallinn Gala is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, bringing to the audience the future singers of the theatre, their teachers and the theatre’s soloists, choir, and orchestra. Together they will perform the best of the world’s opera repertoire in Tartu on 23 August and in Tallinn on 24 August.

Charles Gounod’s opera “Romeo and Juliet” will premiere in September as the first new production. The story of the two feuding families is given a contemporary rendition by and Australian-English stage director Stephen Barlow. On All Souls’ Day on November 2, Estonian National Opera soloists, Chorus and Orchestra will give a traditional concert in Tallinn St. John’s Church.

A rarity on world’s opera stages, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s emotionally gripping operatic psycho-thriller “Die tote Stadt” (The Dead City) will be performed on November 14 in Pärnu Concert House and on November 17 in the Estonia Concert Hall.

As the autumn season’s main ballet event, the Estonian National Ballet will bring to the viewers a miraculous fairy-tale ballet “Alice in Wonderland”. The fantastic ballet rich in multimedia effects was born for San Carlo Theatre in 2017. Choreographer Gianluca Schiavoni blends spectacle with imaginative dance and Lewis Carroll’s beloved story.

The holiday period also offers the traditional Christmas concert “Estonian National Opera Christmas Concert” at the St. John’s Church in Tallinn on 19 December and the New Year’s Eve Ball.

The New Year begins with an operetta highlight: on January 24, we will bring to you the classic operetta hit “The Count of Luxembourg” by Franz Lehár.

In March, Estonian National Opera celebrates the 100th anniversary of one of the most outstanding Estonian opera singers Georg Ots. “Opera Gala – Georg Ots 100!” will be given on March 19 in Pärnu Concert house and on March 20 in the Estonian National Opera.

The ballet event of the spring season is the timeless love story “Anna Karenina” staged by Marina Kesler to the music of Dmitry Shostakovich. “Anna Karenina” is a story wrapped in temptation, passion, and moral conflict, a turbulent tale of betrayal, dreams chased and lost, and the consequences of getting swept off your feet by love.

On April 16, Estonian National Opera Chorus, Orchestra and the Mixed Choir of the Estonia Society will present the powerful scenic cantata “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff on the stage of the Estonia Concert Hall.

On 29 April a traditional ballet gala of the International Dance Day will take place and the MyFitness Dance Awards will be given to one female and one male ballet dancer.

On 22 May, the season will be concluded by Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece of his early period, “Giovanna d’Arco” staged by Marco Gandini, the director for “Le nozze di Figaro” in Estonia. “It is a work of the utmost musical quality, interpreted by such famous singers as Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé and Anna Netrebko.

This season, the travel bug will carry Estonian National Opera to Rakvere Theatre with the performance of the children’s musical “Pippi Longstocking”, to Haapsalu Culture Center and Rakvere Theatre with the operetta performance “Operetta King Imre Kálmán”, Ugala Theatre, Paide Music and Theatre House, Pärnu and Jõhvi Concert Houses and Vanemuine Theatre with the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”. The joyful Christmas story “The Nutcracker” will travel to Tartu and Jõhvi, Eduard Tubin’s ballet “The Goblin” will reach Pärnu Concert House and Paide Music and Theatre House. Operetta “Ball im Savoy” will entertain the audiences in Rakvere Theatre and the Ballet Evening of Estonian short ballets will travel to Haapsalu Culture Center.

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