Firegarden. My Swans, My Thoughts

Firegarden. My Swans, My Thoughts

Firegarden. My Swans, My Thoughts
2 chamber operas

Collaboration of Von Krahl Theatre and Nargen Opera

Music director and conductor: TÕNU KALJUSTE
Director: PEETER JALAKAS
Musicians: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Paintings: MERIKE ESTNA
Costumes: REET AUS

Premiere on April 20, 2006 at Von Krahl Theatre
April 24/25, 2007 on the Heaven Stage of Tallinn City Theatre

FIREGARDEN / chamber opera
Composer: TÕNU KÕRVITS
Libretto: MAARJA KANGRO
Cast: HELEN LOKUTA (Teacher) and KÄDY PLAAS (Student)
LISTEN / for women’s choir
Composer: TÕNU KÕRVITS
Text: MARIE HEIBERG
Performed by the Nargen Opera Choir
Choirmaster: VERONIKA PORTSMUTH
MY SWANS, MY THOUGHTS / chamber opera
Composer: TÕNU KÕRVITS
Text: MARIE HEIBERG
Libretto: MAARJA KANGRO
Cast: KÄDY PLAAS (Poetess) and HELEN LOKUTA (Angel)

Video processing: Ville Hyvönen, Lauri Sepp
Technical solutions: Enar Tarmo
Technical execution: Taavo “Jimmy” Tiko, Janno “John” Jaanus, Oliver Kulpsoo
Props: Anne-Mai Heimola
Dressmaker: Kersti Karro
PARTNERS: AVISION, TALLINNA TAASKASUTUSKESKUS

The tender and colourful music
of Tõnu Kõrvits entangles
with the paintings
of a young artist – Merike Estna.
Maarja Kangro, the author of the text,
has used Marie Heiberg ‘ s
works in the librettos.
The new domestic opera is revived by
conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
and director Peeter Jalakas .
Singers are Kädi Plaats and Helen Lokuta,
and the Nargen Opera Choir,
music maker is Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.
Video design by Ville Hyvönen,
costumes by Reet Aus.

My Swans, My Thoughts
Tõnu Kõrvits / libretto, based on Marie Heiberg’s works, by Maarja Kangro

“My swans…” is not a tragic story of a mad poet. Marie Heiberg, who spent the last twenty years of her life in a mental hospital and suffered from mental illness before that, is often seen as a sad figure with a gloomy destiny. Our opera aims to show the poet in a different light – a light that Heiberg herself might have liked more. This story is about the hunger for light and truth, and the unstable but powerful wish to uncover secrets and get to the bottom of things. It is also a story of departure and separation, of proceeding from conventional reality to a new, hallucinatory one. The Poetess, who at first expresses the diary-like moods of Heiberg, creates an imaginary picture with which she finally identifies herself, and leaves the „reasonable” world. But this departure doesn’t have to be a move into a frightening world of shadows, where an emaciated schizophrenic stares blankly into space. In our story, Marie could arrive at a place that she herself hoped to reach in her often naively pretentious visions. The mad princess sees the bright light – and who says that these moments can’t be beautiful?
Maarja Kangro
Tõnu Kõrvits

Etendub

  • T 20. April 00:00

Date & Time

  • T 20. April 00:00