The Colours of Clouds

Opera by Rasmus Puur, based on Jaan Kruusvall’s play of the same name
Libretto by Laur Lomper, dramaturgy by Kristiina Jalasto and Mehis Pihla
World premiere on September 22, 2017 at the Estonian National Opera

The idea of the opera is based on Jaan Kruusvall’s play “Pilvede värvid” (“The Colours of Clouds”, 1983), which is about the fleeing of Estonians from their home country in the whirlwind of the events of World War II. The time, however, is not important in the case of leaving Estonia – people left during the war, they fled from the Soviet occupation, and are still migrating abroad in large numbers today, in the era of independence. The story of one family mirrors those of many Estonian families in the period of 1985–1991. The opera inquires whom the independence of Estonia was restored for if everyone now desires to move abroad. Why do caring and unity vanish so quickly to be replaced by the “everyone for themselves” principle?

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Staging team

  • Conductor: Lauri Sirp, Kaspar Mänd
  • Stage Director: Roman Baskin
  • Set Designer: Ervin Õunapuu
  • Costumes Designer: Anu Lensment
  • Lighting Designer: Margus Vaigur (Endla Theater)
  • Video Designer: Argo Valdmaa (Endla Theeater)
  • Cast:
  • Kaarel, father: Rauno Elp or Jassi Zahharov
  • Ell, mother: Triin Ella or Helen Lokuta
  • Lagle, daughter: Kristel Pärtna or Janne Ševtšenko
  • Kalev, son: Mati Turi
  • Maria, his wife: Juuli Lill or Aule Urb
  • Maks, Lagle’s boyfriend: Andres Köster or Raiko Raalik
  • Einrih, the speaker: Mart Madiste or Mehis Tiits
  • Anna, grandmother: Ita Ever (Estonian Drama Theatre) or Ester Pajusoo (Estonian Drama Theatre)
  • Raivo, businessman/Security Guard: Mart Laur or Priit Volmer
  • Maik (Mihkel), Lagle’s son: Fred Laansalu or Tobias Välja
  • Friends of Maks: Jaak Jõekallas, Sander Valk, Rudolf Ristkok
  • Kostja, seller of waffles and burgers: Vjatšeslav Reznitšenko
  • Madis, KGB agent/Member of Parliament: Mati Vaikmaa
  • Üllar, president of the council: Mart Laur or Priit Volmer
  • Liilia Vaanaru : Valentīna Tāluma
  • Estonian National Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Boys’ Choir


  • Sung in Estonian with subtitles in Estonian and English
  • Pre-performance guided tour on 30 September, 28 October and 18 November at 17.30  from the main foyer of the theater. Ticket 8 €.



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