Due to the state of emergency and the restrictions imposed by the government on the organisation of major events, this year’s Birgitta Festival will be postponed to next year. The festival programme will remain the same and the 2021 Birgitta Festival will take place on 6 to 14 August 2021.
The opera Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky has been rescheduled from 15 August 2020 to 14 August 2021. Tickets already purchased remain valid.
Birgitta Festival hopes to meet all those who have already purchased a ticket in 2021 in the ruins of Pirita Convent. However, if the new dates do not suit, tickets can be returned until 30 September 2020.
Dmitri Hvorostovski Krasnoyarsk State Theatre of Opera and Ballet
Music director Alexander Kossinsky
Stage director Neeme Kuningas
Set designer Ervin Õunapuu
Costume artist Anna Kontek
Cast: Larina, lady of the manor – Olga Basova Tatyana, her daughter – Svetlana Ratslaf-Levtchuk Olga, Tatyana’s sister – Daria Ryabinko Filippyevna, a nanny – Larissa Plotnikova Eugene Onegin – Sevastyan Martynyuk Lensky – Davit Yesayan Prince Gremin – Evgeny Sevastyanov Zaretsky – Dmitry Ryabtsev Triquet, a Frenchman – Boris Sabirov
Pyotr Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin with its music and plot based on Alexandr Pushkin's novel in verse Eugene Onegin will touch every music afficionado. The opera brings together human emotions, reality and various destinies. With this piece, Tchaikovsky has deeply penetrated the human soul while the protagonists are just like open books for the audience. Composer has brought various emotions to the audience with the most beautiful music – Tatyana’s love and dolor, Eugene’s callousness and imperiousness, Olga’s childishness and joy of life as well as Lensky’s romantic soul and severity. Eugene Onegin can be considered one of the best examples among Tchaikovsky’s stage music pieces and one of the most beautiful Russian operas. The opera is full of famous arias and scenes (Onegin’s aria, Lensky’s aria, scene of Tatyana’s letter etc.) that are being performed at opera galas and that have been arranged for solo instruments.
Neeme Kuningas is one the most well-known stage directors in Estonia. He graduated from the department of stage directing at the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts in 1984. As a music director, Kuningas has created more than a hundred opera, operetta, musical and dance productions in Estonia, Scandinavia, Germany, France, Lithuania, Russia, China and elsewhere. After a long career in the Estonian National Opera, Kuningas was invited to become the principal stage director at Dmitri Hvorostovky Krasnoyarsk State Theatre of Opera and Ballet in December 2016. Kuningas has been related to the opera theatre through being a member of the jury of the international competitio of young opera directors. In Krasnoyarsk, Kuningas has staged two operas: Prisoner of the Caucasus by César Cui and Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The production of Eugene Onegin, premiered on February 3, 2018, is also remarkable for the fact that it has been connected to two Estonian professionals in Krasnoyarsk – namely, the set designer of the opera is Ervin Õunapuu. According to his interview given to the Estonian Public Broadcasting, Neeme Kuningas states that this version of Eugene Onegin represents the Baltic dimension of Scandinavia – the classical side has been combined with the more contemporary views to opera staging.