The Mall (Kaubamaja)

Fri 19. Aug 19:00 The Harbour Theatre
Sun 21. Aug 16:00 The Harbour Theatre
Wed 14. Sep 19:00 The Harbour Theatre
Sun 02. Oct 16:00 The Harbour Theatre
Sat 19. Nov 19:00 The Harbour Theatre
Wed 14. Dec 19:00 The Harbour Theatre
Sat 28. Jan 19:00 The Harbour Theatre
Thu 23. Mar 19:00 The Harbour Theatre
Wed 26. Apr 19:00 The Harbour Theatre

The Mall (Kaubamaja)

A modern opera in two acts

Estonian writer Maarja Kangro completed this libretto 17 years ago and Tõnis Kaumann wrote the music for it 16 years ago. Now, it will premiere at the Harbour Theatre as the opera The Mall. Its prologue, however, was composed specifically for the Vanemuine Theatre in 2022.

The mystical and fabulous mall, the mecca of mundane temptations, arouses intense feelings and inspires passionate arias. Linda, Enn, Guglielmo, Piret and a student conducting a sociological study meet at the entrance of the mall. They try to imagine the world that awaits them behind those magical sliding doors and the amazing treasures they’ll be lured to purchase by pretty neon signs and flickering lights… and why no one exits the mall anymore…

Kaumann’s music paraphrases and parodies the entire history of European music. His oeuvre is eclectic, using existing and recognisable styles from various eras.

Premiere on 19 August 2022 at the Harbour Theatre

Language: Estonian, Italian
Surtitles: English, Estonian

Composer Tõnis Kaumann
Librettist Maarja Kangro
Musical director and conductor Risto Joost
Conductors and chorus masters Aleksandr Bražnik, Kristi Jagodin
Director Liis Kolle
Scenographer and costume designer Kalle Aasamäe
Lighting designer Imbi Mälk
Video designer Andreas Kangur
Choreographer Marika Aidla
Director’s assistant Aivar Kallaste
Rehearsal pianists Piia Paemurru, Katrin Nuume
Chorus rehearsal pianist Katrin Nuume


Cast Pirjo Jonas or Maria Listra guest, Simo Breede, Raimonds Bramanis Latvian National Opera, Taavi Tampuu guest, Karmen Puis or Sandra Laagus guest, Rasmus Kull, Aivar Kallaste, and others.

Vanemuine opera chorus and symphony orchestra