Tickets for Bernstein’s hit musical “West Side Story“ now available!

Ticket sale for Estonian National Opera’s summer musical “West Side Story”, that premieres on May 24 2019, has begun.

An outstanding double cast of the best Estonian and London musical actors will be giving performances both in Estonian and English. Estonian language performances will be performed by Hanna-Liina Võsa, Piret Krumm, Heldur Harry Põlda, Tamar Nugis, Juss Haasma. Protagonists in English language performances will be performed by Jade Davies, Nicole Deon, Cameron Sharp, Davide Fienauri and Jeronimas Milius. The musical is staged by Georg Malvius (Sweden). Conductors are Lauri Sirp, Jüri Alperten and Kaspar Mänd.

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.

Estonian opera „Estonian history. A nation born of shock“ on stage again!

Shock” will be on the Estonian National Opera’s stage once again. The opera is supported by the Estonian State and produced in cooperation with the Estonian National Opera and Kanuti Gildi SAAL.

The opera tells a story of a people and a land whose history has been affected by a great cosmic natural disaster, which caused them to inadvertently be the founders of the European culture since the early Iron Ages. Touch of good humor, modern music and great performance by the soloists offer a memorable Estonian opera experience.


/Kaunitar ja koletis/

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!
Georg Malvius, director

24.11.2018-30.03.2019, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu. 
11.01-13.04.2019, 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


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

/Viini veri/
/Vienna Blood/

Madia’s Viennese Blood is visually, playfully and musically so enchantingly beautiful that everything else pales in comparison.
Auri Jürna, Sirp

22.09.2018-26.04.2019, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu
Performed in: Estonian
Surtitles on big screen: Estonian, English
App display languages: Estonian, English, Finnish, Russian


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

/Romeo ja Julia/

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,, 16.11.2013)

Premiere 29.09.2018, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu.

World premiere 14.11.2013, Czech National Opera.


A musical! What other interesting things might a musical have to offer? Come to the show and find out. 

Musical of Stephen Sondheim

Sweeney Todd isn’t a cutesy story about meat pies: it’s a story of a screaming injustice and the revenge that follows. It may seem just and noble, but in the end, vengeance poisons the mind, and the people who are affected by it are buried under blood, insanity and a pile of bodies. But then the corpses disappear, and the appetizing aroma of baked goods comes wafting out of Mrs Lovett’s shop… 

02-17.06.2018, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu
Performed in: Estonian
Surtitles on big screen: English, Finnish
App display languages: English, Finnish, Russian


Puccini’s beautiful opera about love and honour.


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

Premiere 16.03.2019, Vanemuine Small Building, Tartu.

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


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

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.

30.10.2018-24.03.2019, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu. 
26.10.2018-02.03.2019, Alexela Concert Hall, Tallinn.

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


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. 

15.09.2108-10.05.2019, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu.

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


If one truly wishes, then life can be like a fairytale – and fairytales are not as out-of-this-world as grown-ups think!

Ballet based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen

This fairytale about the Snow Queen has had many interpretations. This time we see the difference between the poster world of grown-ups and children’s sincere emotions and their world full of faith in which true feelings conquer the cold reason.

11.11.2018-06.01.2019, Vanemuine Grand Building, Tartu.


Dance performace

This production comes out of a passion and love for dance!

Director-choreographer Georgia Giboin

Music and rhythm that come from inside you!

Director-choreographer Matthew Jordan

25.10.2018, Vanemuine Small Building, Tartu.

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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