Vello Pähn


Vello Pähn


  • Guesting 25 years with ballet and opera at the Paris Opera
  • Faust and Flying Dutchman at the Savonlinna Opera Festival
  • Elisir d'Amore at Berlin State Opera
  • Madame Butterfly at Paris National Opera
  • Regular guest at the opera houses in Berlin, Vienna State, Hamburg, Milan etc.
  • Artistic Director at the Estonian National Opera (from 2012)


Since 2012, Vello Pähn is the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn. His latest premieres there include Gounod's Faust and Romeo et Juliette, Wagner's Tannhäuser and The flying Dutchman, Cardillac by Paul Hindemith, Mozart's The Magic FluteArabella by Richard Strauss and Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. 

The Estonian-born conductor first studied at the Tallinn Conservatory and then in St. Petersburg under Maestro Mariss Jansons. In the early stage of his career, Vello Pähn’s collaboration with the legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev and the choreographer John Neumeier led to invitations from the world's leading theatres and ballet companies. His command of the standard ballet repertoire, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Onegin, made him a popular guest at the Paris, Hamburg, Vienna and Berlin opera houses for over two and half decades. In Paris Maestro Pähn conducted in last season the ballet productions of La nuit transfigurée and Le Sacre du printempts and in this season choreography Jewels by George Balanchine.



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Nowadays Vello Pähn is equally in demand as an opera and ballett conductor, he has guested at the Berlin State Opera with Donizetti’s Elisir d’Amore and at the Paris Opera in Robert Wilson’s production of Madama Butterfly, among others. He made his debut at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland with the Flying Dutchman and returned there with Gounod's Faust. In Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Opera he first conducted Swan Lake and returned soon with the opera Carmen and at the latest with La Bohème.

In addition to France and Scandinavia, Maestro Pähn has been frequently invited to many major German opera houses, including the Dresden Semperoper, Berlin State Opera, Stuttgart and Leipzig opera houses and of course not excluding other European major opera houses, such as the Vienna State Opera and La Scala in Milan. 

Vello Pähn’s future engagements include Bernstein’s Candide and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in Tallinn and L’Enfant et les sortileges by Ravel in Paris. He will also return to Paris with Cinderella and to Oslo with Sacre du printemps.

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Vello Pähn conducts Cinderella at Paris Opera

A regular guest at the Paris opera for more than two decades, Vello Pähn conducts Rudolf Noureyev's "Cinderella" with performances between November 28th and January 2nd, 2019

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