On 25 November, Robert Wilson, one of the most significant theatre directors of our time, came to Estonia on a work visit. The main goal of the visit was the preparation of a new music theatre production centred around the works of Arvo Pärt.
Together with the producer, Madis Kolk, conductor, Tõnu Kaljuste, and the composer himself, Robert Wilson, visited the future venue for the production at Port Noblessner, and participated in meetings to discuss the organization of this large project with a management team consisting of members from various countries. During his trip, Wilson also visited the Arvo Pärt Centre, where he became acquainted with the archives, and continued discussion on the new production.
The premiere performances of this production will take place at the Noblessner Foundry on 12 – 15 May 2015, performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, soloists, actors and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. The musical director and conductor will be Tõnu Kaljuste. After the premiere performances in Estonia, the production will tour various notable European festivals. The production will be the result of an international partnership, managed in Estonia by Eesti Kontsert.
Robert Wilson is considered to be one of the main founders of avant garde theatre, specifically visual theatre; and his works have influenced the development of modern theatre since the late 1960’s. His first opera project, the monumental production of Philip Glass’s opera “Einstein on the Beach” (1976) plays a significant part in the history of music theatre.