Estonia second in the world by number of opera performances

According to statistics recently published by Operabase, Estonia holds the second place in the world in a ranking of total opera performances per million residents.

The statistics took into account the performances during the 2013/2014 season. Austria holds the first spot, followed by Estonia, Switzerland and Germany.

Estonian National Opera had 20 operas in its programme and altogether 108 operas were performed in the 2013/2014 season.

Estonian National Opera has a history dating back to 1870. The company is based at the Estonia Theatre in Tallinn and produces a varied season which includes operas, ballets and musicals. Its chief conductors in the past have included Neeme Järvi and Eri Klas.

With festival performances, private projects and student works, an average of five to ten new opera performances are staged every year


Cover: An old picture of “Estonia” theatre (courtesy of Estonian National Opera).

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