Reigi õpetaja

Fatal love in 1642 in Reigi parsonage in Hiiumaa.

/Reigi õpetaja/

Opera in two acts

Composer Eduard Tubin
Musical director & conductor Paul Mägi
Conductor Taavi Kull
Director Roman Baskin
Scenographer Iir Hermeliin
Costume designer Kristel Maamägi
Choreographer Janek Savolainen
Lighting designer Margus Vaigur (Endla Theatre)

Cast Jassi Zahharov (Estonian National Opera), Karmen Puis, Reigo Tamm, Pirjo Jonas, Annaliisa Pillak, Valentina Kremen, Rasmus Kull, Jaan Willem Sibul, Simo Breede et al.

Performances of The Parson of Reigi are rare in Estonian history, requiring audiences to wait for decades between productions. The story underlying the piece, composed by such a mature and wise composer, is simple yet deeply multifaceted. In the end, it is the notion of human love, of this almighty universal aspect, that rings loudest in the piece.

The story is set in 1642 in the village of Reigi on the island of Hiiumaa, and in Tallinn. The main characters are Paavali Lempelius, the Parson of Reigi, and his young wife Catharina, who falls in love with Deacon Jonas Kempe who arrives from Stockholm. A rumour goes around in the village that Kempe has been exiled from Stockholm for making the wife of the local parson there fall in love with him with the help of witchcraft. Lempelius also accuses Kempe of using black magic. The lovers escape, but they are caught and executed on the town square in Tallinn, accused of adultery.

Roman Baskin has discreetly added naturalness and psychological depth to the rather clear-cut characters (including the supporting roles) created by Tubin. On the one hand this way the main characters who are deserving of more attention are highlighted, but on the other hand a nice balance is maintained between them and the supporting characters. The troupe is characterised by its convincing and integrated ensemble performance. This turns out to be surprisingly important so that the inner force of the main characters (especially Zahharov) can find resonance both on stage and among the audience. This is an excellent example of how important it is to unite the troupe into a whole that breathes together and is motivated to achieve a common goal.
Mihkel Truman, news portal

Jassi Zahharov was presented with the 2015 music award of the Estonian Theatre Union for his world-class vocal and stage performance as Paavali Lempelius in Tubin’s opera The Parson of Reigi.

Premiere 4.04.2014, the Vanemuine Small Building.
In Estonian, with Estonian and English surtitles.

Attention! Limited visibility from rows 2 – 4 of side balcony in Small Building of Vanemuine.

Reigi õpetaja

Teater Vanemuine, väike maja, Tartu
Wed 08.03.2017 - 19:00 / 13.60 - 19.00 €