Vana Tallinn Gala – an opera gala with true personality

Yesterday, opera soloists from Canada, the Czech Republic, the Vienna State Opera and the Estonia National Opera got ovation after ovation at the Vana Tallinn gala in the Estonia Opera House. The reception was similar to the one they received at the Vanemuine Concert Hall in Tartu the week before that, the first chance for southern Estonian audiences to enjoy a Vana Tallinn Gala concert. The gala, eagerly awaited event for music fans, was organized by the Estonia National Opera with its major sponsor Liviko for the third year running.

The Estonia and Liviko produced gala gives the public a taste of illustrious local opera singers as well as internationally acclaimed guest soloists.

This year’s gala featured Ain Anger, a bass who sings with the Vienna State Opera and who is popular among Estonian and foreign audiences; and guest soloists soprano Marie Fajtová of the Czech Republic and tenor Luc Robert from Canada. Estonia National Opera’s own soloists included soprano Heli Veskus, mezzo-soprano Helen Lokuta and baritone Rauno Elp. The conductor was Vello Pähn, enjoyably charming as always, and the soloists were accompanied by the Estonia National Opera orchestra and chorus.

The repertoire included pieces from the bel canto masters Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini, and Mozart, Verdi and Wagner. Selections were performed from Bellini’s Norma and Bizet’s Pearl Fishers, Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Donizetti’s Elixir of Love, Verdi’s Rigoletto, La Traviata and The Power of Fate, Mozart’s Figaro’s Wedding and Wagner’s Flying Dutchman, among others.

The Estonia National Opera, in cooperation with major sponsor Liviko, has held the opera gala concert since 2012. For the third year, the gala bears the name of legendary cult classic Vana Tallinn liqueur. This is the fourth year that Liviko is a major sponsor of the Estonia Opera. Liviko also supports the Art Museum of Estonia and was also instrumental in the Estonian Writers Union’s revival of a novel writing competition tradition.

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