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Denis Klimuk in „Swan Lake“ by Tchaikovsky

On May 31 and June 12, Saint-Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre’s soloist Denis Klimuk will be starring as Prince Siegfried in „Swan Lake“ by Tchaikovsky.

Denis Klimuk graduated from Belarusian State Choreographic College in 2002. In 2003–2013, he was a principal soloist with the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus. In 2014—2018, Klimuk was a principal dancer at the Estonian National Ballet.

His repertoire includes the Master (Tubin’s “The Goblin”), the title role in Cranko’s “Onegin”, Thyl Ulenspiegel (Yelizariev’s “Legend of Thyl Ulenspiegel”), Spartacus (Khachaturyan’s “Spartacus”), God and Adam (Petrov’s “Creation of the World”), Paris and Tybalt (Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet”), Tchaikovsky’s Prince Désiré (“The Sleeping Beauty”), Prince Siegfried and Rothbart (“Swan Lake”), Drosselmeyer and Arabian Dance (“The Nutcracker”), Yaropolk and Vladimir (Mdivany’s “Passion”), Minkus’ Solor (“La Bayadere”) and Espada (“Don Quixote”), Adam’s Hans (“Giselle”), Conrad and Birbanto (“Le Corsaire”), Phoebus and Claude (Pugni’s “La Esmeralda”), Girei (Asafiev’s “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai”), Tristan (Troyan’s “Tristan and Isolde”), José (Shchedrin’s “Carmen-Suite”), Golden Slave (Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Sheherazade”), Student (Gavrilin’s “Anyuta”), Man (MacMillan’s “Song of the Earth”), soloist part in Edur’s “Silent Monologues” among others.

In 2011, he was awarded the Francysk Skaryna Medal for outstanding creative achievements, professionalism and considerable contribution to the development of national culture and arts.

„Swan Lake“ premiered at the Estonian National Opera in April 15, 2016. The choreographer and stage director of the new redaction is Thomas Edur. Designer is Thomas Mika (Germany) and lighting designer Steen Bjarke (Denmark). Starring Alena Shkatula or Ketlin Oja (Odette / Ottilie) and Denis Klimuk (Prince Siegfried). Conductor is Lauri Sirp.

Premiere of Estonian National Opera’s summer musical “West Side Story” by Bernstein

On May 24, legendary musical “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein will premiere at the Estonian National Opera.

For the first time in Estonia, it is possible to hear the musical in Estonian as well as in English. An outstanding double cast of the best Estonian and London musical actors was elected through castings held in Tallinn, Stockholm and London. Cast in Estonian language performances features Hanna-Liina Võsa, Piret Krumm, Heldur Harry Põlda, Tamar Nugis and Juss Haasma. Starring in English language performances are Jade Davies, Nicole Deon, Cameron Sharp, Davide Fienarui and Jeronimas Milius.

In other roles: Kaarel Targo, Silver Laas, Norman Salumäe, Karl-Erik Tamme, Maarius Pärn, Mihkel Tikerpalu, Kärt Anton, Kethi Uibomägi, Saara Kadak, Nele-Liis Vaiksoo, Anett Viinalass, Reigo Tamm, René Soom, Jaak Jõekallas.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s tumultuous love story “Romeo and Juliet”, and set amidst the rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York, “West Side Story’s” revolutionary choreography and unforgettable score changed the face of musical theatre.

Last performance of “L’elisir d’amore” by Donizetti

On Saturday, May 18, „L’elisir d’amore“ by Donizetti will have its last performance of the season. Starring Mehis Tiits (Nemorina), Kristel Pärtna (Adina), Aare Saal (Belcore), Rauno Elp (Dulcamara) and Olga Zaitseva (Giannetta). Conductor Lauri Sirp.

Written in a few weeks’ time, “L’elisir d’amore” has become one of the most frequently performed of all Gaetano Donizetti’s operas together with “Lucia di Lammermoor” (1835) and “Don Pasquale” (1843). It combines a touching love story and hilarious comedy with lightness, sparkling wit and beautiful music, including the well-loved tenor aria “Una furtiva lagrima”.

Last performances of the ballet “Catherine I”

On May 10 and 22, „Catherine I“ by Thomas Edur and Tauno Aints will have its last two performances of the season. The audience is given the chance to witness the birth of a stunning miracle. The ballet takes the viewer to a real fairy-tale world and tells the wonderful love story of a simple maiden from Estonia and the charismatic Russian emperor, Peter I.

Catherine I was born as Marta Elena Skavronska, most likely in the region of Latgale or Courland in Latvia, but perhaps even in Lithuania. Her Estonian origin has also been speculated on. In her youth, she worked as a maid in the house of Ernst Glück, Lutheran vicar and intellectual, whose widow was given the Ahja Manor in Estonia by Peter I. In 1724, Peter crowned the woman as the Empress of Russia and a year later, after Peter’s death, she became the first reigning Empress of Russia until her death in 1727.

Miracles do happen – you simply must believe in them. A chance offered by fate should not be thrown away. What will it offer and what will it expect in return? The exciting riddle brought to life in Toomas Edur’s new ballet “Catharine I” is left for the viewer to solve.

„Catherine I“ premiered at the Estonian National Opera on March 15, 2018. Choreographer and stage director is Thomas Edur nad composer is Tauno Aints. Starring Alena Shkatula or Marita Weinrank (Catherine I), Anatoli Arhangelski or Jevgeni Grib (Peter I) etc. Conductor Jüri Alperten.

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