Estonian National Opera celebrates 100 years

  • 2013-09-05
  • From wire reports

TALLINN - Between Sept. 6 and Sept. 20, the Estonian National Opera House is celebrating its centenary with a festive program of events, reports Tourism Tallinn. Retaining its architectural monumentality in the contemporary cityscape, the neoclassical theater building designed by Finnish architects Armas Lindgren and Wivi Lonn was the largest building in early 20th century Tallinn. The building has also played an important role in the history of Estonia.

The celebrations kick off on Sept. 6 with the Historic Anniversary Gala ‘Once Upon a Time in a Hundred Years…’ that will dive into the building’s grand history, featuring Estonian National Opera soloists, choir, orchestra, boys’ choir and the Estonian National Ballet.

The world premiere of ‘Butterfly,’ a dream-like opera, merging life, theater and a fairy tale by acclaimed Estonian composer Tonu Korvits, will take to the stage on Sept. 13.

The two-week program includes concerts, exhibitions, open rehearsals, traditional music, ballet, cinema and a market, featuring many free events.