Tannhäuser, R. Wagneri ooper

Grosse romantische Oper in three acts by Richard Wagner

World premiere in Dresden Hoftheater on October 19, 1845
Premiere at the Estonian National Opera on March 14, 2013

Sung in German with subtitles in Estonian and English
Approx. running time 3 h 40 min, two intermissions.

Conductors: Vello Pähn, Jüri Alperten, Mihhail Gerts
Stage Director: Daniel Slater (Inglismaa / England)

Designer: Leslie Travers (Inglismaa / England)
Lighting Designer: Anton Kulagin
Movement Director: Kati Kivitar

“Tannhäuser” is the best production of 2014 in Estonia. The award was handed over on 27 March. Different awards were also given to Mati Turi and Ain Anger who participated in the production.

“Tannhäuser”, belongs to the more romantic stage in the composer's creative career together with “Der fliegende Holländer” and “Lohengrin”. Telling the story of man’s struggle to reach his dreams and the danger of losing touch with reality, “Tannhäuser” unites the historical with the mythological, creating a world of magic realism common to Wagner’s operas. The composer drew on legends about the Minnesinger Tannhäuser and the Wartburg singing contest, combining the historic figure of Tannhäuser with the myth of Venus and her world of love and pleasures. As an antithesis Wagner set up Elisabeth’s pure and redeeming love. Today the most famous melodies from “Tannhäuser” are the Pilgrims’ Chorus and Wolfram’s aria “O du mein holder Abendstern“ from Act 3.

In 2013, the whole world celebrated the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth. For this occasion, “Tannhäuser” was staged at the Estonian National Opera by an internationally renowned stage director Daniel Slater, whose productions are known for their originality, humanity, intelligence and modernity. His award-winning productions have been successfully staged in Great Britain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, USA and New Zealand.


Rahvusooper Estonia, Tallinn
Wed 30.05.2018 - 19:00 / 8.50 - 28.00 €