Pärnu Opera Days

Pärnu Opera Days is a meeting place for opera lovers. In the hall with one of the best acoustics in Estonia, you can see and hear musical theatres from around the world performing on Estonian stages for the first time. The festival features at least one opera that has never been performed before or has been rarely seen in our halls.

The guest of the 2024 Pärnu Opera Days is the Klaipėda State Music Theatre. The company has been operating over three decades and staged more than hundred productions in different genres of music theatre. Klaipėda State Music Theatre both supports young artists providing them with opportunities to challenge themselves, and collaborates with acknowledged artists and international creative teams. The Pärnu Opera Days presents Gaetano Donizetti’s “The Regiment’s Daughter” and the “The Bear” by Lithuanian composer Bronius Kutavičius. Traditionally, the festival culminates with a festive opera gala and dinner.

Galaconcert in 2018:

Pärnu Opera Days 2022

The guest theater of the 2022 festival is the Polish Royal Opera. Established in 2017, the theater operates in a building with a long tradition of opera, in Łazienki Królewskie, the former summer residence of the Polish royal family. It was here that King Stanisław August Poniatowski founded the Opera House, which opened in 1788. It is one of the few authentic 18th-century court theaters in Europe that has been preserved to this day. Polish Royal  Opera https://operakrolewska.pl/

Nowadays, the theater has attracted the attention of audiences by performing operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Polish composers, which have also been considered in the selection of productions for the Pärnu Opera Days. Don Giovanni by Mozart’s and Haunted Manor by Stanisław Moniuszko will be performed. Traditionally Pärnu Opera Days end with a gala concert and dinner.


Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

July 07, at 7 p.m.

Mozart wrote Don Giovanni in 1787, commissioned by the Prague Opera House. Just a year earlier, the Prague audience had received the Marriage of Figaro with ovations. At that time, immediately, a new work was commissioned from the twenty-two-year-old composer. The author of the libretto Lorenzo da Ponte, with whom Mozart had repeatedly collaborated, came up with the story of womanizer Don Juan. The subject proved extremely inspiring to young Mozart. In a very short time, he managed to create a work that amazes both by the originality of the musical solutions and the perfection of the form and the maturity of the sound.

Don Giovanni plays an important role in the repertoire of the world’s most important opera houses. Since the premiere in Prague in 1787 to this day, there has never been a year when this famous opera would not be on stage.

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“The Haunted Manor” by Stanisław Moniuszko

July 08, at 7 p.m. 

Stanisław Moniuszko’s “The Haunted Manor” reached the stage of the Polish Royal Opera in 2019, which was announced as the year of the composer Stanisław Moniuszko. Secondly, this patriotic opera marks the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Polish independence.

The premiere of “The Haunted Manor” took place in Warsaw on September 28, 1865. Despite the warm welcome of the audience, the opera was removed from the program only after three performances. Czar censorship was disturbed by nationalist sentiment, both in the libretto by Jan Chęciński and in the music of Moniuszko. The opera’s arias and choral songs contain references to traditional culture, traditions of romantic songs, and rhythms typical of Polish dances have been used in music.

Outstanding soloists, vocal ensemble, and orchestra of the Polish Royal Opera will perform Ryszard Peryt’s creation.

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Opera gala with dinner

July 09, at 7 p.m.

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2022 Polish Royal Opera
Mozart „Don Giovanni“
Moniuszko  “The Haunted Manor”
Opera gala

2018 Moscow Boris Pokrovski Chamber Music Theatre
Aho “Frida and Diego”
Rossini “The Turk in Italy”
Opera gala

2016 The St. Petersburg Chamber Opera
Donizetti „Peter I, or The Incredible Adventures of the Russian Czar“
Shchedrin „Not Only Love“
Opera gala

2014 Warsaw Chamber Opera
Handel “Imeneo”
Opera gala

2012 Kiev Academic Opera and Ballet for Children and Youth
Rimsky-Korsakov “Christmas Eve”
Opera gala

2011 St. Petersburg Chamber Opera Company

Donizetti “Lucia Di Lammermoor”
Opera gala

2010 Belarusian State Opera and Ballet Theatre
Borodin “Kniaz Igor”
Opera gala

2009 Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre
Verdi “Aida”
Opera gala

2008 Moscow Helikon Opera
Rimsky-Korsakov “The Tsar’s Bride”
Opera gala

2007 Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre  
Puccini “Tosca”
Opera gala

2006 Moscow Novaya Opera
Bellini “Norma”
Opera gala

2005 Gdansk State Opera
Puccini “Madama Butterfly”
Opera gala

2004 Latvian National Opera
Puccini “La Boheme”
Mozart “Don Giovanni”

Opera gala

2003 Latvian National Opera
Tchaikovsky “Eugene Onegin”
Verdi “La Traviata”

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Bronius Kutavičius THE BEAR • Pärnu Opera Days

Friday, 5.07
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OPERA GALA • Pärnu Opera Days

Saturday, 6.07
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