Estonia Theatre

The Estonia Theatre is a Jugendstil building designed by Finnish architects Armas Lindgren and Wivi Lönn. It was built as a national effort with the leadership of Estonia society in 1913 and was opened to the public on 24 August. At the time, it was the largest building in Tallinn.

The modern building in 2015
The original building in the 1920s

The opera house was heavily damaged in the Soviet air raid on Tallinn on 9 March 1944. It was reconstructed in a classical and Stalinist style, and reopened in 1947.

In 1946, it served as the home of the newly created Tallinn Ballet School and was the location of the debut of one of the graduates of the school's first class, Helmi Puur. She was the prima ballerina of the theater between 1954 and 1956, 1958 and 1960, and 1964 to 1966.[1]

The building has two large auditoriums in two separate wings. It now houses the Estonian National Opera and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. A chamber hall was opened in 2006.[citation needed] Also the Concert Hall is located in the building.[2] The hall was opened in 1913. In 1997, the hall was thoroughly renovated.[2]

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  1. ^ Allkivi, Kais (12 July 2014). "'Kes on korra luike tantsinud, jääb igavesti luigeks.'" [Who has once danced with swans, will forever remain a swan.]. Õhtuleht (in Estonian). Tallinn, Estonia. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Estonia Concert Hall". Eesti Kontserdimajad. Retrieved 5 May 2020.

Coordinates: 59°26′05″N 24°45′03″E / 59.43472°N 24.75083°E / 59.43472; 24.75083