Due to the state of emergency and the restrictions imposed by the government on the organisation of major events, the Birgitta Festival, which was scheduled to take place on 7 to 15 August, 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.
Tickets already purchased are valid under the same conditions for next year’s replacement performances.
2021 Birgitta Festival Programme:
- Fri 6 Aug 2021 Opera “Suor Angelica” by Puccini (replacement for the 7 Aug 2020 performance)
- Sat 7 Aug 2021 Ballets by Ivan Vasiliev (replacement for the 8 August 2020 performance)
- Sun 8 Aug 2021 Opera “Suor Angelica” by Puccini (replacement for the 9 Aug 2020 performance)
- Wed 11 Aug 2021 NoGravity performance “Leonardo” (replacement for the 12 Aug 2020 performance)
- Fri 13 Aug 2021 Opera”Aida” by Verdi (replacement for the 14 Aug 2020 performance)
- Sat 14 Aug 2021 Opera “ Eugene Onegin” by Tchaikovsky (replacement for the 15 Aug 2020 performance)
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.
To return PDF tickets, the relevant form must be filled in on the Piletilevi website. Paper tickets can be returned or exchanged at Piletilevi sales points, except at Circle-K service stations and the Viru Keskus sales point.
Thank you for your understanding!
Throughout the years, Birgitta Festival has established itself a steady place in the landscape of music surrounded by the Baltic Sea. Open for all genres of stage music, the festival is in a continuous development while every year surprising its audience with new exciting projects. The unique mood at Pirita Convent and the festival programme full of music and performance arts complement each other perfectly well.
The core of Birgitta Festival lies in its atmosphere. Every year, the festival brings together more than 8000 people who are gathering by the ancient spot by River Pirita in the mellow evenings of August. For a few days, a prominent music theatre emerges at the historical site of Pirita Convent where the audience can delve into the magical world of sounds. The diverse audience of Birgitta Festival is a phenomenon on its own. The unique atmosphere of the festival is made of the special location, its audience, festivity, numerous emotional encounters and extraordinary musical spectacles – all this keeps bringing people together every year.
Every music afficionado will find something special in Birgitta Festival, whether it be an opera, a ballet, music galas, new music performance or spectacle. This is a meeting place for grand masters and intoxicating experiments, guest performances and domestic productions, the classics and the contemporary. The highest stars and emerging talents have performed here by the peaceful proximity of the sea. Even years later they still recall the medieval stone walls painted by the sunset, the tender summer nights; strolls lit by the torchlight and the Moon; vivid Bordeaux red carpets and the contemplative echo of the church bells. The audience and the performers become a whole in such an enjoyable time of the year. Every performance is accompanied by screens displaying subtitles, comfortable box seats and cozy cafes.
In 2005, Birgitta Festival was initiated by Eri Klas together with Tallinn City Government and since then the festival has been the most important music event of our capital every summer. In 2017 and 2018 conductor Risto Joost has been the artistic director and author of new creative ideas behind the festival. From 2021, the new artistic director is Dmitry Bertman, a world-famous stage director, multiple Golden Mask laureate and artistic director/stage director of Helikon Opera, Moscow who has recently joined the Tallinn Philharmonics. Bertman is known for music afficionados all over the world, he has worked with various opera theatres as well as staged more than one hundred operas. He has an earlier collaboration experience with Birgitta Festival as well – in 2014, Bertman staged the opera gala dedicated to Eri Klas's 75th birthday; also, Helikon-Opera has performed in the festival. More than once, Bertman has staged operas both in Estonian National Opera and Theatre Vanemuine.
Birgitta Festival is always full of surprises!