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BIRGITTA FESTIVAL
August 8 - 17, 2014

www.birgitta.ee

 This unique festival of music and theatre first appeared at a fascinating place of interest of the Estonian capital Tallinn, the ruins of the historical Pirita (St. Bridget’s) convent, in the late summer of 2005. The Birgitta Festival is aspiring to become the symbolic festival of Tallinn, as well as a major event of the Baltic states and the whole cultural world, keeping in mind the designation of Tallinn as the European Capital of Culture for the year 2011. For two summers already, many exciting performances have taken place, accompanied by the audience’s extraordinary favour, the repertoire always related to the spirituality of the convent. The first festival saw the performances of choirs, ensembles, puppet theatres; in the program “In principio“ Gregorian chants met modern improvisations, Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites” (guest stars from Tampere, Finland, and Moscow) were staged, as well as the multimedia show “Tallinn pole enam kaugel” (“Tallinn is not far now”).
In the year 2006, the festival presented Piazzolla’s tango opera “Maria de Buenos Aires“, and again by a Moscow troupe “Helikon”, Mozart (“La clemenza di Tito”) and Shostakovich (“Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District”), the premieres of choreographic arrangements of Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and Verdi’s “Requiem”. The stage directors involved with the festival include Hardi Volmer and Peeter Volkonski from Estonia, Dmitri Bertman from Moscow; the artistic director of the festival is Eri Klas, its main coordinator is the Tallinn Philharmonic Society, and the producer is Heili Vaus-Tamm.

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