For the seventh summer, Kuressaare, the capital of Estonia’s largest island Saaremaa, known for its captivating nature and exciting history, is the host to a major opera event – Saaremaa Opera Days. The open-air festival bringing together thousands of opera friends has grown into one of the biggest festivals in the Baltic region and offers only top-quality performers, touching music and pleasant atmosphere.
A big tent holding about 2,000 spectators is set up especially for the Opera Days in the yard of the 13th century Kuressaare Episcopal Castle. With the help of beautiful decorations and high-quality sound and lighting equipment, the tent will be transferred into a summer opera house with cosy restaurants, cafés and bars. In addition to opera performances in the yard of the castle, smaller concerts connected to Opera Days are held at the same time all over Kuressaare.
At the end of July, the sounds of opera and music take over the whole town and offer exciting experiences to everyone – both to bigger and smaller guests.
Throughout the years, the festival has offered performances by many guest theatres – the Black American Opera/Broadway, the Latvian National Opera, the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre, the State Opera from Ankara, the Helikon Opera from Moscow, the Tbilisi Zakaria Paliashvili State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, the Batumi Opera and Ballet Theatre, and the Kutaisi Balanchivadze State Opera and Ballet Theatre.
In addition, many remarkable soloists and conductors have enchanted the audience, including José Cura, Karita Mattila, Neeme Järvi, Eri Klas, Anna Aglatova, Hibla Gerzmava, Matti Salminen, Jaakko Ryhänen, Jorma Hynninen, Ain Anger, Annely Peebo, Kristine Gailite, Monica Groop, Nadia Krasteva, Matti Salminen, Mario Zeffiri, Carlos Moreno, Egils Silinš, Johnny Van Hal, Tatiana Anisimova and many more.
Saaremaa Opera Days are organized by the biggest national concert organizer in classical music – Eesti Kontsert.