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The first opera festival in Estonia was born in 1999 in Kuressaare on the Island of Saaremaa. Festival is held at the medieval Episcopal Castle of Kuressaare, the yard and walls of the castle are suitable for building up an opera house up to 2000 spectators. Since 2008, the festival is organised by Eesti Kontsert as Saaremaa Opera Festival.
By now the companies of Estonian NO and Vanemuine Theatre, Black American Opera (Broadway), Latvian National Opera, NemerovitshDantshenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre, Ankara State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Moscow Helikon Opera and opera companies from Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi (Georgia), Ukrainian National Opera, Teatro di Milano (Italy) and Wroclaw Opera (Poland) have presented their best productions in Saaremaa.
Soloists and conductors like Neeme Järvi, Eri Klas, Jose Cura, Karita Mattila, Soile Isokoski, Anna Aglatova, Hibla Gerzmava, Matti Salminen, Jaakko Ryhänen, Jorma Hynninen, Ain Anger, Annely Peebo, Kristine Gailite, Mario Zeffiri, Carlos Moreno, Egils Silins, Johnny Van Hal, Tatiana Anisimova, Paata Burchuladze and many others have starred at Saaremaa Opera Festival.