Paul Hindemith’s “The Long Christmas Dinner” in Estonia

logoestonia  “The Long Christmas Dinner”

Paul Hindemith’s opera in one act based on the play of the same name by Thornton Wilder

Libretto by Thornton Wilder, translated by Arne Mikk

World premiere on December 17, 1961 at Nationaltheater Mannheim

Premiere on April 12, 2014 in the Chamber Hall of the Estonian National Opera

  • Saturday, April 12, 2014 / 19:00
  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 / 19:00
  • Saturday, April 27, 2014 / 19:00longxmasdinner

“The Long Christmas Dinner” depicts 90 years in the history of the Bayard family over Christmas dinner table. The story has a serious overtone, but is lightened by touches of humour and retells about the life of different generations: their demise, growth and choices, creating a colourful summary of human nature. Paul Hindemith (1895–1963) was one of the most outstanding representatives of German neo-classicism and one of the most varied 20th century composers. His stirring music and moving arias transport the audience into a world of memory. “Long Christmas Dinner” celebrates the seemingly small and insignificant details of life that ultimately matter the most.

Staging team

  • Conductors: Vello Pähn, Mihhail Gerts
  • Stage Director: Arne Mikk
  • Designer: Kristi Soe
  • Lighting Designer: Rasmus Rembel
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