THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

The most famous musical of all time!

/Ooperifantoom/
Musical


Libretto by Richard Stilgoe & Andrew Lloyd Webber based on the novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux

This production of the ambitious musical – at times frightening and seemingly out of its depth – was brought to the audience by the troupe of the Vanemuine under the guidance of Georg Malvius. The result deserves a high mark.

Alo Põldmäe, Tartu Postimees newspaper

Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu and Alexela Concert Hall, Tallinn.
Performed in: Estonian
Surtitles on big screen: English, Finnish
Alexela Concert Hall screen: English, Finnish

EUGENE ONEGIN

Tchaikovsky’s yearning, passionate opera brims with love and is filled with wonderful experiences!

/Jevgeni Onegin/
An opera

A version of Konstantin Stanislavsky’s production from 1922

The production of Eugene Onegin at the Vanemuine deserves to be recorded for the Mezzo channel – just so a valuable production can be seen by a wider audience!”
(Tiiu Levald, Sirp weekly newspaper)

Vanemuine Small Building, Tartu.

Performed in: Russian
Surtitles on big screen: English, Estonian
App display languages: Estonian, English, Russian

CARMEN

Grand, aesthetically pleasurable theatre and stunning opera music!

An opera


I am proud and happy to be able to watch such a production of Carmen at the Vanemuine. This is the first Carmen in my life that I have watched with such enjoyment. Such choirs, such precision! Now I understand what a wonder of the world it is if an opera director is a choreographer. I would have enjoyed this Carmen for its movement and visual qualities even if there had been no sound at all. And what masterful singers! I could picture watching this Carmen on the Mezzo channel as well. To my mind the level of the production greatly exceeds that of Mezzo, for both its design and its voices.
Evald Kampus

Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu. 
Performed in: French
Surtitles on big screen: English, Estonian
App display languages: Estonian, English

THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

If you like good music and love fairy tales – magical, mysterious, beautiful storytelling and if you believe in love, Beauty and Beast is meant for you!

/Kaunitar ja koletis/
Musical


The Vanemuine musical Beauty and the Beast will bring a smile to the faces of Disney fans – the many song and dance numbers will captivate lovers of the musical genre with glamour and extraordinary special effects and win the hearts of younger views with the imaginatively rendered characters.

Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu and Alexela Concert Hall, Tallinn.
Performed in: Estonian
Surtitles on big screen: English, Finnish
App display languages: English, Finnish, Russian
Alexela Concert Hall screen: English, Finnish

WIENER BLUT

It gets in your blood and asks to be listened with your heart!

/Viini veri/
Operetta 


There are thousands of reasons why an operetta is gorgeous. The scent of a landscape, the flair of an era, the accents of a language so as the taste of a special way of life and the immeasurable force of its melodies. These elements are the expression of a human desire for a joyful existence, back then and now. Timeless and universal, WIENER BLUT, based on the music by Johann Strauss II and restored shortly after his death, is witty, light and sentimental, it gets in your blood and asks to be listened with your heart.

Giorgio Madia, director

Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu.

Performed in: Estonian
Surtitles on big screen: Estonian, English
App display languages: Estonian, English, Finnish, Russian

LES MISÈRABLES

Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption!

/Hüljatud/
Musical of Boublil and Schönberg 


I didn’t even expect that I would be moved to tears – and in scenes that hadn’t previously had such a strong effect on me. In addition, discovering new musical actors and feeling exaltation over how beautiful, special and moving even old, familiar material can be if it is directed powerfully and performed and sung with soul and when the designers re at a world-class level.
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Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu. 
Performed in: Estonian
Surtitles on big screen: English, Finnish
App display languages: English, Finnish, Russian

ROMEO AND JULIET

Showy and spectacular ballet based on motifs from the timeless Shakespeare play!

/Romeo ja Julia/
Ballet


The new Romeo and Juliet is worth seeing. This progressive and unique spectacle will surely go down in history as a turning point in contemporary ballet, an innovative work that integrates the deeper aspects of human existence with classical drama, a captivating musical accompaniment and inventive choreography.“
(Martina Doležalová, Nenudte.se, 16.11.2013)

Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu.

World premiere 14.11.2013, Czech National Opera.

MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Puccini’s beautiful opera about love and honour.

An opera


For me the origin and destination of this production is music.
The music contains drama.
Listening to it, a dramatic plotline unfolds.
Everything else proceeds from music.
And the sun rises in the east.

Robert Annus, director


Vanemuine Small Building, Tartu.
Performed in: Italian
Surtitles on big screen: Estonian, English
App display languages: Estonian, English, Russian

MAMMA MIA!

A musical based on the hits made popular by the 1970s Swedish band ABBA.

Musical of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus


Jam-packed with the band’s peppy, well-crafted music, the production features the songs “Super Trouper”, “Lay All Your Love on Me”, “Dancing Queen”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “Thank You for the Music”, “Money, Money, Money”, “The Winner Takes It All”, “Voulez-Vous” and more. 


Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu.

Performed in: Estonian
Surtitles on big screen: English, Finnish
App display languages: English, Finnish, Russian

TANGO OF LOVE OR AT THE END OF TIME

A tango of eternity that can continue forever as long as the dancers are game and Piazzolla’s tangos have not been exhausted.

/Armastuse tango ehk aegade lõpus/
Dance production


Mai Murdmaa’s dance production inspired by the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and featuring music by Astor Piazzolla.

Fermina and Florentino meet in their old age, at the funeral of Fermina’s husband. During the ceremony, they get a sense of the love they lost in their youth. The clock turns back. They relive their past lives, and rekindle their newfound love, even with death hanging in the background…

Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu.
World premiere 08.12.2002 Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu.

„The Flying Dutchman“ by Wagner at the Estonian National Opera


Wagner’s tempestuous and compelling story of The Flying Dutchman’s captain cursed for eternity and seeking redemption through the unconditional love of a woman is clothed into a modern and visual setting by the stage director Pamela Recinella, designer Yannis Thavoris and video design company Apparati Effimeri.

Starring Rauno Elp (The Dutchman), Märt Jakobson (Daland), Heli Veskus (Senta), Jyrki Anttila (Erik), Helen Lokuta (Mary), Mart Madiste (Daland’s steersman). Conductor Vello Pähn.

Estonian National Opera’s summer musical West Side Story by Bernstein

On May 24, hit-musical „West Side Story“ by Leonard Bernstein premiered 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.

„Romeo and Juliet“ by Sergey Prokofiev

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 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.

2019/2020 season of Estonian National Opera on sale now

The season starts on 14 August with the performances of Leonard Bernstein’s popular musical “West Side Story”. New season features six new productions: Gounod’s opera „Romeo and Juliet“, Schiavoni’s ballett „Alice in Wonderland“, Unt’s, Agur’s and Hindpere’s children’s play „Punamütsike“, Lehár’s operetta „The Count of Luxembourg“, Kesler’s ballett „Anna Karenina“ and Verdi’s opera „Giovanna d’Arco“. A concert performance of Korngold’s opera „Die tote Stadt“ will also be performed. „Opera Gala – Georg Ots 100!“ will be given on March 19 in Pärnu Concert house and on March 20 in the Estonian National Opera.

Estonian opera “The Colours of Clouds” on stage this season

On 22 September premiered a new Estonian opera „The Colours of Clouds“ by a young composer Rasmus Puur, at the Estonian National Opera. The performance has been a tremendous success. In order to that there are several performances taking place in this season.


“The Colours of Clouds” is a 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.

Puccini’s opera “The Girl of the Golden West“ directed by José Cura

Puccini’s musical vision of the American West is vividly brought to life by one of the greatest operatic names of our time, José Cura – an Argentinean tenor, conductor, director, scenographer known for his intense and original interpretations of opera characters.

The main roles will be sung by Olga Mykytenko, Rauno Elp or Atlan Karp, Sergey Polyakov, Reigo Tamm or Mehis Tiits, Priit Volmer or Märt Jakobson, Juuli Lill or Helen Lokuta. The conductor is José Cura or Jüri Alperten.

Puccini’s gorgeous melodies and orchestral colours are set against the backdrop of a gold-mining frontier camp, where a poker-playing, pistol-carrying saloon owner Minnie finds herself in a love triangle with a handsome outlaw Dick Johnson alias José Ramirez and the sheriff Jack Rance, who is in hot pursuit of him. Minnie has to fight for her love and for the chance to start a new life with her love by her side.

Ballet “Catherine I”

Starring Alena Shkatula as Catherine I and Anatoli Arhangelski as Peter I.
How often does His Highness Chance determine the fate of a person? The topic fascinated the creators of the new ballet and 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. Miracles do happen – you simply must believe in them.
The production has been brought to the stage by a very exciting ensemble – a sought-after Choreographer and Stage Director, Artistic Director of the Estonian National Ballet Toomas Edur, a beloved Estonian composer Tauno Aints, librettist Irina Müllerson and designer Liina Keevallik. The first collaboration of this phenomenal artistic group took place in 2012 when the full-length ballet “Modigliani – the Cursed Artist” premiered at the Estonian National Opera.
The world premiere of “Catherine I” was held on March 15 in the Estonian National Opera.

Photo: Pille Riin Pettai

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