Opera as Imagination and Realization

Opera as Imagination and Realization


18–20 October 2019



Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (Tallinn, Tatari 13, A207)

Organizers: Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts; Musicology Study Area of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre


The interdisciplinary seminar aims to bring together librettists, dramaturges, composers, directors, set designers, conductors and singers to discuss, what does opera/ music theatre  mean for them, what kind of experience do they have. The goal of the seminar is to help young composers, librettists et al. find their path in music theatre.

Presentations and round tables are in English, participation is free of charge.


Friday, October 18, 2019 (room A207) 

15.00 Opening remarks by Prof. Kristel Pappel

15.05–15.45 Composer’s view:

Juhani Nuorvala I (Helsinki)

15.45–16.25 Archivist’s view:

Stephan Dörschel (Head of the Performing Arts Archives Department of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin)

16.25–16.45 View from the past:

Bettina Bartz (Berlin) on opera director Prof. Dr.h.c. Joachim Herz

17.00 Opening of the Joachim-Herz-Room (A202)

Reception and networking


Saturday, October 19, 2019 (room A207)

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Composer’s view:

Juhani Nuorvala II (Helsinki)

12.00 Composer’s view:

Tze Yeung Ho (Tallinn/Helsinki)

13.00 Librettist’s view:

Maarja Kangro (Tallinn)

14.00 Lunch

15.00 Librettist’s and opera dramaturg’s view:

Bettina Bartz (Berlin)

16.00 Opera director’s view:

Michiel Dijkema (Amsterdam)

17.00 Round table I:

Kaspar Mänd (conductor), Juhani Nuorvala, Tze Yeung Ho, Maarja Kangro, Michiel Dijkema. Moderator: Riho Esko Maimets (composer)


Sunday, October 20, 2019 (room A207)

11.00 Composer’s view:

Helena Tulve (Tallinn)

12.30 Set designer’s view:

Lilja Blumenfeld (Tallinn)

13.30 Coffee

14.00 Round table II:

Helena Tulve, Lilja Blumenfeld, Stephan Dörschel, Harry Liivrand (opera critic), Aule Urb and Aivar Kaseste (opera singers). Moderator: Bettina Bartz

Registration is open until October 7, 2019. Please register HERE


The event is organised by the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, supported by the ASTRA project of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre EMTASTRA, 2014-2020.4.01.16-0043 (European Union, European Regional Development Fund).