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 1987–1993. 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?

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)


  • Sung in Estonian with subtitles in Estonian and English (subtitles are provided only in Estonian National Theatre)
  • Approx running time 2 h 45 min, one intermission
  • Pre-performance guided tour on 19 January at 17.30  from the main foyer of the theater. Ticket 8 €.
  • NB! The performance on December 27th has been replaced with „Tosca“


  • W, 19 December 2018 / 19:00

    A price. 20-31 €.

  • S, 19 January 2019 / 19:00

    In Paide Music and Theatre Center

  • S, 20 January 2019 / 19:00

    A price. 20-31 €.

  • T, 12 February 2019 / 19:00

    28 €/ 19 €. In Ugala Theatre

  • S, 16 February 2019 / 19:00

    In Pärnu Concert Hall

  • F, 22 February 2019 / 19:00

    I price. 22-38 €.

  • S, 13 April 2019 / 19:00

    28 €. In Vanemuise Theatre



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