Cyrano de Bergerac

Sat 22. Apr 19:00 The Small Building of Vanemuine Theatre
Fri 28. Apr 19:00 The Small Building of Vanemuine Theatre
Fri 05. May 19:00 The Small Building of Vanemuine Theatre

Cyrano de Bergerac

Eino Tamberg’s opera in three acts based on Edmond Rostand’s play

This play was written by Edmond Rostand in 1897 and premiered the same year at Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin. It takes place in the middle of the 17th century Paris, telling the story of a big-nosed and impulsive swordsman Cyrano who is as talented with his language skills as he is with his rapier.

Compared to Rostand’s play, the opera focuses on the three lead characters – the poet and soldier Cyrano; the object of his affection, Roxane; and the cadet Christian. What is left unsaid is filled by Tamberg’s wonderful melodies, pauses and crescendos, painting allusions to the fragility and tragedy of their dream of happiness.

The story of Cyrano de Bergerac has inspired over forty adaptations in theatre, television and elsewhere. In 2020, London National Theatre premiered a production with James McAvoy as the lead; the movie Cyrano with Peter Dinklage as the title character was released in 2022.

Did Rostand create Cyrano or the other way around? The border between a creation and its creator is very fragile. When one takes over from the other is actually not important. What is important is to understand the message.

– director Mare Tommingas

Premiere on 22 April 2023 at the Small Building of the Vanemuine Theatre

Language: Estonian
Surtitles: English, Estonian

Composer Eino Tamberg
Librettist Jaan Kross
Musical director Risto Joost
Conductors Martin Sildos, Taavi Kull
Director, set and costume designer Mare Tommingas
Chorus masters Aleksandr Bražnik, Kristi Jagodin
Concert masters Piia Paemurru, Margus Riimaa, Katrin Nuume


Cast Simo Breede or Raiko Raalik NO Estonia, Pirjo Jonas or Maria Listra guest, Oliver Kuusik guest or Juhan Tralla guest, Atlan Karp guest or Tamar Nugis NO Estonia, Rasmus Kull or Heldur Harry Põlda NO Estonia, Grete Oolberg or Siiri Koodres, Märt Jakobson guest or Taavi Tampuu guest, Karmen Puis or Sandra Laagus guest and others.

Vanemuine opera chorus and symphony orchestra