"Aida" returns

It's time to raise the curtain on Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida" for only three performances this year. Soloists of this production are of many nationalities (Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia and Estonia) so the performances are quite rare. There are only three shows of "Aida" in 2017. 

"In theory the idea of opera-thug Nurms directing the utterly lyrical „Aida“ seems like an act of aesthetic vandalism or even an iconoclasm. In practice the meeting of the romantic opera and a postmodernist director/designer turned out to be rather exciting, with all the virtues and disadvantages of the experiment itself."

Postimees - June 2nd 2015

  • SAT 07.10.2017 · 19:00   
  • SAT 18.11.2017 · 19:00   
  • SUN 03.12.2017 · 19:00  

Giuseppe Verdi "Aida"

Musical director, conductor Erki Pehk
Scenographer, stage director Madis Nurms
Choreographer Teet Kask
Lighting designer Margus Vaigur
Movement director Jelena Karpova


Aida – Jomante Šležaite (Lithuania)
Amneris – Anzhelina Shvachka (Ukraine)
Radames – Eduard Martynjuk (Belarus)
Amonasro – Samsons Izjumovs (Latvia)
Ramfis – Romans Polisadovs (Latvia)
King of Egypt –  Märt Jakobson (Estonia)
Messenger – Reigo Tamm  (Estonia)

Theater Vanemuine choir and symphony orchestra, Tartu Youth Choir

This production of "Aida" has a happy ending – giving hope that a way out has to exist even from the most hopeless situation. And the opera is ended, fittingly, by the character who changes most during the events –  princess Amneris, saying to the audience, the cast but most of all to herself: “Peace!”. An appeal which gains a profound significance in the uncertain world that surrounds us today.


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