25.02 Cardillac suprises with guest soloists

On February 25, Hindemith’s opera “Cardillac” will be on the Estonian National Opera stage only once during the season. The role of officer will be sung by Carsten Süss and in the role of cavalier is Sergiu Saplacan.In the title role is the beloved Rauno Elp, the role of Cardillac’s daughter will be sung by Helen Lepalaan and the role of gold merchant will be sung by Mart Laur. The conductor is Vello Pähn.

The protagonist is a goldsmith Cardillac, who fabricates wonderful things and because of his obsession with them he also retrieves them by theft and murder. The plot revolves around the dilemma of revealing to the public that the beloved artist is also the criminal who made an entire city fearful. The citizens and police fail to make any connection between the coincidence of the purchases and murders until Cardillac finally confesses.


A production especially for lovers of romantic musicals and silent films!

/Kinolina kangelane/ 

Comedic ballet 

This ballet is set in 1927, when silent films were being replaced by talkies and cinema became known for its romantic stories and big dreams. 
‘Hero of the Screen’ is an upbeat take on scenes familiar from film classics, produced in the style of MGM musical films, with beauty, life and dream-like adventures all present and correct.

At the Vanemuine Small Building 17.02-4.04.2018.

Festival of Estonian theatre in the opera house

Come and celebrate 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia in its cradle

The Republic of Estonia will turn 100 in February 2018 and the theatre’s 112th season is closely connected to the anniversary. “Estonian Theatre in the Estonian National Opera” (“Eesti teater Estonias”) festival will take place from 10 to 22 February and bring to the stage a selection of music by Estonian composers. The festival culminates on 15 February with the concert production “Estonian Celebration” (“Eesti pidu”), which involves the entire theatre building. Lembitu, Saare Juhan, Olav, Erna, Cyrano, the Goblin and many other important and unique characters from Estonian cultural history will be meeting on the stage.

Come and enjoy the crème de la crème of Estonian music theatre:

“Cyrano de Bergerac” opera by E. Tamberg
“Modigliani – the Cursed Artist” ballet by T. Edur/ T. Aints
“The Flying Dutchman” opera by R. Wagner
“Pippi Longstocking” musical by Ü. Raudmäe/Ü. Vinter
“The Colour of Clouds” opera by R. Puur
“The Goblin” ballet by E. Tubin
“Karlsson on the Roof” musical by A. Lindgren/Wimberg/T. Aints        
“Estonian History. A Nation Born of Shock” opera by M. MIM

See you at the festival!


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 

At the Vanemuine Grand Building 04.02, 04.03, 05.04, 27.04.2018.
In French, with Estonian and English subtitles.

Come and celebrate with Estonia!

The Republic of Estonia will soon turn 100 and the season 2017/18 is closely tied with this grand anniversary. On February 15, we would like to welcome you to our Estonian Celebration, where a thrilling concert performance, dance, warm dinner and strong drinks will keep you entertained during the whole night. Guest soloist of the evening is Ain Anger.

For this special night, we have carefully chosen highlights from Estonian stage works and woven them into a fine and witty new production. You will meet Lembitu, Saare Juhan, Olav, Erna, Cyrano, the Goblin and many other important and diverse characters in the cultural development of Estonians. Estonian composers have written many beautiful pieces and the Estonian National Opera will bring the best of it to its audiences.

During the 1 hour 45 minute intermission you will be asked to enjoy a hearty meal, excellent drinks and live music in different halls and cafes of the theatre performed by Väikeste Lõõtspillide Ühing, Väliharf, Juhan Uppin and Audru Jõelaevanduse punt.

Let’s enjoy ourselves and have a spin on the dancefloor!
Dress code: national.

The beloved ballet ”Werewolf” on stage again on February 3

On February 3, March 2 and 25, Marina Kesler’s ballett ”Werewolf”, which has won the annual theatrical prize of Estonia in 2007, will be on the Estonian National Opera’s stage again. Marina Kesler: “”Werewolf” deals with the problems of human kind: the confrontation of the individual and the mass, envy, the destruction of competitors by slander, the inability of people fighting for their love and be true to yourself.”

Also, on the same night the Tiit Helimets’ short ballett will be on the stage. The ballet makes people think about how they use their time. How does our life change with time? How do we change with time? What will time bring us and how do we see it? Every second is important and every minute lost makes us panic, an hour feels too long and it seems that we are wasting our time.

New Estonian opera „Estonian history. A nation born of shock“

New Estonian opera, „Estonian History. A Nation Born of Shock” will world premiere at the Estonian National Opera on 19 January. 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.

Tickets are available for the month of musicals and operettas

In August 2018, Estonian National Opera invites you to enjoy a high-quality musical and operetta experience, as the beloved musical "Fiddler on the Roof". The show is starring Mait Malmsten, Evelin Võigemast, Liina Vahtrik, Helgi Sallo, René Soom, Kadri Kipper etc.

In addition to “The Fiddler”, swift melodies of “Ball im Savoy” and “My Fair Lady” are delighting the audience. Children can take an adventure with the beloved “Pippi Longstocking” or “Buratino”.

The tickets for the month of musicals and operettas are on sale starting from 24 November in Piletimaailm and in the ticket offices of Estonian National Opera.

“The Colours of Clouds” additional performance takes place on 5 January!

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 we have put on sale an additional performance on 5 January!

“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.

New ballet „A Streetcar named Desire“ premieres on 4 November by the Estonian National Ballet

On the 4 November a new ballet, „A Streetcar named Desire“ by Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa will premiere at the Estonian National Opera, starring Alena Shkatula as Blanche, Ana Maria Gergely as Stella and new principal dancer Kealan McLaughlin as Stanley. The ballet is based on Tennessee Williams’ play of the same name.
„A Streetcar named Desire“ is a masterpiece which connects drama and dance into one whole. It is a story of a woman who’s life goes by a tragic pathway and is too overwhelming for her delicate nature.

Director and librettist Nancy Meckler: "The main character’s Blanche’s inner life is full of fantasy and harsh memories, invisible in Tennessee Williams’s play, but in the ballet, visible and expressed through dance."

The production has been brought to the stage by a very exciting duet – American-English film director Nancy Meckler and one of the most appreciated choreographer in the world Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Music is composed by Peter Salem, conductor is Kaspar Mänd or Lauri Sirp.
Estonian National Ballet is the second company in the world to acquire the rights of this ballet.

Photo: Pille Riin Pettai


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… 

At the Vanemuine Grand Building 02-17.06.2018.

In Estonian, with English and Finnish subtitles. 


Legendary musical of Boublil and Schönberg!


Les Misérables is seen by more than 70 million people in many countries and languages around the globe. 
Featuring the songs “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More” and “On My Own” – Les Misérables is the show of shows!

At the Vanemuine Grand Building 25.11.2017-11.05.2018, 
at the Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn 8.12.2017-6.05.2018. 

In Estonian with Finnish and English subtitles


The gala features Vanemuine ballet artists and guest soloists.

Classical ballet gala

Performances of pas de deux, variations and ensemble scenes from famous ballets – Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Raymonda, Giselle and Don Quixote.
In addition, scenes from the very best of the Vanemuine’s repertoire: the ballets Onegin, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Casanova.

9 December 2017 and 22 April 2018 at 19:00, Grand Building of the Vanemuine.


This evening is our way of thanking the audience!

/Õhtu Kalmaniga/
Operetta night 

This time we will catch a glimpse of the works of one of the best-known operetta composers of the 20th century – Imre Kálmán.
The Hungarian composer conquered both the demanding Vienna and the finicky Paris, as his favourite themes – love for one’s homeland, Gypsy life and the manners of the Gypsies, the life and intrigues of Parisian high society and Oriental themes – manifested in his works in their own characteristic way and touched the souls of audiences..

At the Vanemuine Small Building 06-14.12.2017.


A mother. A daughter. Three possible fathers. 
Musical in two acts 

This musical based on hits by the legendary Swedish band ABBA has charmed audiences around the world since 1999. 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. 
In Estonian, with English and Finnish subtitles.  
At the Vanemuine Grand Building 30.09.2017-26.04.2018, 

at the Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn 11-12.11.2017, 06-07.01.2018, 07-08.04.2018.


Ballet-farce by Giorgio Madia

The choreographer and stage director Giorgio Madia approaches Don Juan as a figure of “Theatre”.
Giorgio Madia’s “Don Juan” is displayed in opulent and refined sets and costumes. Conceived for a grand cast it’s celebrating the provocatively beautiful art of seduction turning it into an irresistible ballet experience. The humorous vitality of the traditional Commedia dell’Arte is gambling with the devotion to veneer, to desire and evanescence – the ‘Zeitgeist’ of Baroque Age couldn’t be expressed a more allusive way.

Annegret Gertz, dramaturge
At the Vanemuine Grand Building 27.10.2017-06.04.2018
World premiere on 21.06.2014, Staatsballett Berlin, Komische Oper, Berlin


Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor – the Romeo and Juliet of the Scottish Lowlands!
An opera

Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano based on the novel The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott

Donizetti’s opera is about the destiny of a woman. The intrigues of a world ruled by men do not allow her to assert herself. Lucia’s wishes are disregarded, her will is suppressed and her life’s happiness is sacrificed. When existential feelings cannot be expressed openly and honestly, they explode with the force of a nuclear bomb…
Roman Hovenbitzer

At the Vanemuine Small Building 18.01-09.02.2018.
In Italian, with Estonian and English subtitles.


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

A ballet in two acts 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.
Andersen’s fairytale is charming for its colourful nuances in describing different characters – he has snowflakes as big as chickens, ‘snow bees’ flying around, roses cropping up out of tears and angels being born from the air that Gerda breathes...

At the Vanemuine Grand Building 30.11.2017-25.02.2018.


This production comes out of a passion and love for dance!
Director-choreographer Russell Adamson

Music and rhythm that come from inside you!
Director-choreographer Matthew Jordan
At the Vanemuine Small Building 13.10.2017-14.04.2018.


Legendary musical of Boublil and Schönberg!


Les Misérables is seen by more than 70 million people in many countries and languages around the globe.
Featuring the songs “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More” and “On My Own” – Les Misérables is the show of shows!

At the Vanemuine Grand Building 25.11.2017-11.05.2018, 
at the Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn 8.12.2017-6.05.2018.

In Estonian with Finnish and English surtitles


Who else but the affectionate dog Lotte would go and seek new adventures – this time in the Dream World!

/Lotte Unenäomaailmas/
Children’s musical

Adalbert the rabbit dozes and cannot get back from the dream world. Something must have happened there, as the local inhabitants behave mysteriously and unpredictably. The Sandman himself has gone off to Lapland and left his children Peedu and Liisu and the snow sand mills in the care of Berta the Hen, who is always fussing… Lotte and Albert go to find out what has happened – and of course Adalbert will find his way back home with them.

At the Vanemuine Grand Building 04.10.2017-27.02.2018.
In Estonian.

Die Zirkusprinzessin

Imre Kálmán’s operetta „Die Zirkusprinzessin“ premiered at the Estonian National Opera on the 3rd of January 2015. Stage director Thomas Mittmann: ““Die Zirkusprinzessin” is a masterpiece of the Silver Era of the operetta. It became one of Kálmán’s most performed works that was also immensely successful on Broadway. The skilfully-crafted, colourful orchestral score and an engaging story line give you everything one needs for a relaxing evening. The music ranges from a fast polka to a slow waltz, showing a variety of emotions – love, hate, pride, vanity, intrigue, confusion and misunderstanding, but in the end… there is conciliation.”

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