Vanemuine Opera

Põrgupõhja uus Vanapagan 2022

(The New Old Nick of Hellsbottom)

Ardo Ran Varres’ opera, based on the novel of the same name by A.H. Tammsaare, is a work in which ambivalence is constantly present. The world that is described in this novel is a place where nothing can be taken for granted, because things are not what they seem. Tammsaare’s ingenious inversion of the Faustian theme sets the stage for an absurd and satirically humorous view of human life. Our writer and composer depict a world that is like a twisted mirror, yet so recognisable. It is also a picture of our world today, whether we like it or not, here and now.

Music: Ardo Ran Varres
Libretto: Kristi Klopets/ A.H.Tammsaare

Set and costume design: Iir Hermelin
Light design: Anton Kulagin
Musical director: Risto Joost

Jürka: Koit Soasepp / Priit Volmer
Kaval Ants: Rasmus Kull
Lisete: Karmen Puis
Juula: Annaliisa Pillak
Pastor: Atlan Karp
Official: Jaan Willem Sibul / Taavi Tampuu
Kusta: Simon Breede
Maia: Pirjo Jonas
Neighbour: Tarmo Teekivi
Mall: Grete Oolberg
Viiu: Helen Hansberg
Nightman: Oliver Timmusk
Rock Breaker: Artus Nagel
Grave Digger: Elmar Pool
Peat Cutter: Alo Kurvits
Farmhand: Janek Savolainen

Choir of the Vanemuine Theater