Operetta by Carl Zeller "The Bird Seller"

Carl Zeller’s most popular operetta, “The Bird Seller” (Der Vogelhändler) is a bucolic comedy set in the 18th-century Bavaria. It humorously mocks the time’s court, its petty intrigues and village romance.

A handsome bird seller Adam from Tyrol is in love with the village postmistress Christel. For cross-purposes they get involved in the romantic intrigues at the Court of the reigning Prince. The events are further complicated up by a young and beautiful Countess, who dressed up as a village girl follows the Count on his hunting trip; an elderly lady in waiting Adelaide who is still looking for romance; the master of the hunt and a crafty collector of bribes, Weps; and his nephew, Count Stanislaus who is always in debt.

Carl Zeller, the author of “The Bird Seller”, written in the end of the Golden Age of Viennese operetta, was a solicitor by profession. His legacy as a composer includes a number of operettas and an opera, none of which repeated the success of “The Bird Seller” or “The Mine Foreman” (1894, Der Obersteiger). Zeller’s music is melodious, liltingly-operatic and easy. “The Bird Seller” was first performed at the Estonian National Opera in 1911 and the last time during the season of 1955/56.

Sung in Estonian with subtitles in Estonian and English (available in Estonia Theatre Hall).



Carl Zeller’s most popular operetta, “The Bird Seller” (Der Vogelhändler) is a bucolic comedy set in the 18th-century Bavaria. It humorously mocks the time’s court, its petty intrigues and village romance.

A handsome bird seller Adam from Ty

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Kesklinna linnaosa, Rahvusooper Estonia

Operetta by Carl Zeller "The Bird Seller"

12.11.2020, 19:00 - 23:00

01.04.2021, 19:00 - 23:00

17.04.2021, 19:00 - 23:00

05.05.2021, 19:00 - 23:00

Adult: 17.9 €
Child: 9.4 €
University student: 9.4 €
School student: 9.4 €
Max price: 28.9 €
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