Ardo Ran Varres plays in The Name of the Rose

Role: Ubertino of Casale

Director Tanel Jonas. Theatre Vanemuine.

Premiere 13 July 2017 in the ruins of the Tartu Cathedral

Photos: Heikki Leis


Original music for the play It`s Not Time For Making Love

Premiere 5th of July at Kolga Manor

Director: Damir Salimsjanov (Udmurtia)



Original music for TV-documentary "A Moment in History" (40 series)

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Director: A. Lepasar  Author: R. Jõerand



Symphony for One. Allegro con moto / Tartu Uus Teater. Premiere 21 of April




Ardo Ran Varres showcase at Tallinn Music Week

Klassikaraadio Contemporary Music Stage feat. C3 Festival




Originaalmuusika lavastusele MISTER GREEN, VAT teatris.



Esietendus 29. märtsil 2017 Rahvusraamatukogu Teatrisaalis

Visuaalne lastelavastus metsast

Eestis on harukordselt palju metsa, aga sellegipoolest on see inimestele ajapikku võõraks ja isegi hirmutavaks paigaks muutunud. Tundmatusse rohelusse sattudes tunneb moodne inimene end õige pea üksikuna ja eksinuna. Ei oska ta enam märgata taimede hääletuid toimetusi ega sedagi, millise hämmastava võrgustiku, world wide woodi, üks mets on üles ehitanud. Oleks vaid võimalik seda kuidagimoodi näha ja mõista!

Väga kiiresti peab need trikid selgeks õppima Marco, kes eksib saatuse tahtel metsasügavusse ning peab seal üle elama pelutava öö. Kodust jõudis ta kaasa haarata vaid kiiresti tühjeneva mobiili ja kalli potitaime. Marco mõistab, et ellujäämiseks on tal vaja tugevamaid abilisi. Kuidas aga võita puid enda poolele? Kas nende keelt on võimalik kuidagi kõneleda? Ja kas ta saab ikka lõpuni kindel olla, et puud ei suhtu hoopis temasse kui sissetungijasse?

Lavastaja Helen Rekkor („Üle vee” ja „Süüria rahvalood” Vabal Laval, „See kõik on tema” Rakvere Teatris) loob VAT Teatri laval visuaalselt haarava keskkonna, paiga, kus Marco digitaalne maailm ja looduse müstiline reaalsus omavahel lootusetult segamini lähevad.

Idee autorid ja dramaturgid: Mihkel Seeder, Giuditta Mingucci (teater Elsinor, Itaalia)
Lavastaja: Helen Rekkor (Teatriühendus Misanzen)
Kunstnik: Annamaria Cattaneo (teater Elsinor, Itaalia)
Videokunstnik: Henry Griin
Helilooja: Ardo Ran Varres
Näitleja: Rauno Kaibiainen (Improteater IMPEERIUM)

Lavastus sünnib projekti Platform Shift+ raames VAT Teatri ja teater Elsinori (Itaalia) koostööna. 


CD They Went And Planted...an overview at Classical Radio



CD presentation



New CD released. They Went And Planted...


Original music for shadow play: The Star-Child by Oscar Wilde

Director: Leino Rei



Ardo Ran Varres interviews mr. Heiner Goebbels



Tallinn Music High School 55. Concert 12th of November

Composers: Tiina Kiilaspea, Lea Gabral, Mati Kuulberg, Tarmo Lepik, Lepo Sumera, René Eespere,
Rein Rannap, Jüri Tamverk, Ville Kell, Anto Pett , Urmas Sisask, Margo Kõlar, Kaido Suss,
Priit Pajusaar, Mart Siimer, Mari Vihmand, Rauno Remme, Toomas Trass, Eerik Semlek,
Tõnu Kõrvits, Kerri Kott a, Helena Tulve, Tõnis Kaumann, Jüri Reinvere, Katri Rebane, Mari Amor,
Ardo Ran Varres, Märt-Matis Lill, Timo Steiner, Mirjam Tally, Kairi Kosk, Kristjan Randalu,
Andrus Rannaääre, Ülo Krigul, Mihkel Kerem, Liis Viira, Liisa Hirsch, Maria Kõrvits, Evelin Seppar


Original music for drama The Linden Tree


Drama by John B. Priestley

The novels and plays of the classic British writer and playwright J. B. Priestley (1894-1984) has long been known in the Estonian cultural sphere as well. The author’s works were most recently on the stage of the Vanemuine in 1991, when Jaan Tooming produced his play I Have Been Here Before. The Linden Tree is one of Priestley’s later works (1947) and is being performed in Estonia for the first time.
Like many a Priestley play, the events unfold in a middle-class family in England, this time in the home of Robert Linden, a history professor in a small university town. Family members who have gathered to celebrate his 65th birthday involuntarily bring their own troubles and problems, which tie in with issues confronting all of society. The end of World War II has injected a new drive, ideas and dreams into every generation, but it has also brought fears and the need to change values, not unlike today’s era.
In a more universal sense, this realistically wrought family drama talks about changing times, reconciliation with the past and ways of shaping the future.

Premiere 01.10.2016 at the Vanemuine Small Building

Director Peeter Raudsepp
Designer Lilja Blumenfeld
Music Ardo Ran Varres
Lighting designer Imbi Mälk
Cast Hannes Kaljujärv, Külliki Saldre, Karol Kuntsel, Marika Barabanštšikova, Piret Laurimaa, Linda Kolde, Jüri Lumiste, Merle Jääger, Marian Heinat, Karl Laumets


Music design for exhibition "Question of Faith". Voronja gallery 2016

Exhibition by Sandra Jõgeva

Photos: Ruudu Rahumaru


Incidental music. "Katarina mõrsjalinik. Risti ja kivi tee" Emajõe Suveteater, Tartu.


Hums of Tallinn. Premiere in Wrocław, Poland.


Sound portrait of Tallinn offers insights to different places, ages, people. Compositions based on sounds that are recorded in Tallinn, inherit from years 1999–2016.

Program introduces Tallinn through diverse places: hospitals, churches of old town, cafes, ports, parks. These are the places where people of different ages, in different times have socialized with each other and themselves.

 City’s hums, bongs, beats, rustles have become the source of Estonian composers’ pieces. Through different composers’ eyes the pieces are an insight into a person, literally and figuratively.


Lepo Sumera (1950–2000) Südameasjad / Heart affairs (1999) – excerpt I

Marianna Liik (1992) Sissevaated aega ja ruumi / Insights to time and space (2016) **

Ekke Västrik (1988) Contact with Tallinn (2016) **

Lepo Sumera (1950–2000) Südameasjad / Heart affairs (1999) – excerpt II

Ardo Ran Varres (1974) Tallinna suminad / Hums of Tallinn (2016) **

Lepo Sumera (1950–2000) Südameasjad / Heart affairs (1999) – excerpt III

Margo Kõlar (1961) Beebisümfoonia / Baby Symphony (2015) – excerpt

Margo Kõlar (1961) Tornikellade laul / Song of Tower Bells (2011)

Lepo Sumera (1950–2000) Südameasjad / Heart affairs (1999) –  excerpt IV


They Went and Planted..Trailer


They Went and Planted...Photos by Gabriela Liivamägi


Estonian Authors Society prize for original music in theatre 2016: Krabat. (Tallinn Town Theatre) Original music Ardo Ran Varres


Good Theatre prize 2016



They Went and Planted the Seeds of Shadows Because the Light Started to Sprout

A staged serenade in one act for texts by Artur Alliksaar

First public event at Black Box Studio.  (Rohuneeme tee 1/7, Viimsi))

World premiere: 9.apr. 2016

They Went and Planted the Seeds of Shadows Because the Light Started to Sprout is a theatre piece of music and light inspired by the night with its ntightmares, visions, delusions, shadows, colours, fears, sleepwalking and sleep talking, discovery of new worlds, letting go of the old, desire for renewal and awakening. Sleep unites us. We are all equal in sleep. During the night we are forming a community: a sleep community. At night the endless corridors of our subconsciousness process what we saw and heard during the day. There are two things certain in life: sleep and death.

The composer and the director have selected poems about the night by Artur Alliksaar. His metaphorical, playful use of the Estonian language is extremely musical and inspirational. In Alliksaar’s texts, the sound associations and sound symbolism are in the foreground and his poetry has been characterized as having “the sonic primacy.”

They Went and Planted the Seeds of Shadows Because the Light Started to Sprout is not an opera. It is a stream of dream-like, freely structured scenes that begins in the evening and ends at dawn. What is happening to us when we are not awake? Are we all connected as an invisible community or do we completely disconnect from each other and wander into infinite loneliness?

They Went and Planted the Seeds of Shadows Because the Light Started to Sprout is an hour-long concert-performance of sound and lights, shadows, shades, and light flashes. The lighting design is an integral part of the work, which will be performed by seven instrumentalists and two singers.

In collaboration with YXUS Ensemble

Ardo Ran Varres (composer)

Liis Kolle (stage director)

Oliver Kulpsoo (lighting designer)

Reili Evart (costume designer)

Tammo Sumera (sound engineer)

Jaanika Kilgi (soprano)

Taniel Kirikal (baritone/countertenor)

YXUS Ensemble:

Mihkel Peäske (flute / bass flute)

Toomas Vavilov (clarinet / bass clarinet)

Peeter Sarapuu (bassoon / contra bassoon)

Harry Traksmann (violin)

Laur Eensalu (viola)

Leho Karin (cello, artistic director)

Madis Metsamart (percussion)



Lightfestival at Tõravere Observatory.

Ardo Ran composed original music and made sounddesign for the Lightfestival (end of october 2015)

Director: Jaan Ulst

More information:



Original music for TV-drama "The Black Widows"

Director: A. Puustusmaa

Paprika/ERR 2015


Original music for the play EKKE MOOR by A. Gailit

Director: Aare Toikka

Design: Iir Hermeliin

Music: Ardo Ran Varres

Choreographer: Kristjan Rohioja

The production is a collaboration between Estonian Academy of Music and Drama, Kuressaare City Theatre and VAT Theatre.

Premiere: July 30, 2015 in Kuressaare Sadamaait

Performances in Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Tallinn) take place in October and November 2015.



Music design for the play LIBAHUNT (The Werewolf) by A. Kitzberg

Director Sergey Potapov (Sahha republik. Jakutia)

Set-Design Ervin Õunapuu

Music design Ardo Ran Varres

Light design Priidu Adlas

Actors: Kristiina Hortensia Port, Liisa Pulk, Martin Kõiv, Ivo Uukkivi, Kristo Viiding, Mari Lill, Piret Simson

Produced by NGO R.A.A.A.M


Cymatics and live-music

Duo Toivo Sõmer and Ardo Ran Varres. "Helimustrid"


Overture "Citizens of the Republic" world premiere

Performed by Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

Conducted by Risto Joost


Original music for the play Krabat. Tallinn City Theatre

Krabat by O. Preussler. Directed by D. Leesalu

Premiere: 31 of January 2015



“Krabat” is a play for grown-ups who love magic, adventures and fairy tales, as well as for the younger viewers. Because of certain sombre elements it is not advisable for children under seven years of age.

Photo: Siim Vahur

Original music for Kosmos IMAX trailer


Video: Bassclarinet Concerto premiere

Meelis Vind, Mikk Murdvee and Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta plays Ardo Ran's Bassclarinet Concerto "Awakening Bell"


Undiscovered Soundscapes. Showcase of Estonian Composers

Ardo`s music was played in a Showcase of Estonian (filmmusic) composers.



Original music for the silent-film Bear Hunt in Pärnumaa

Composition competition third place winner


Opening of the Vaba Lava Venue. Friday, 19. Sept. 2014

Circle Mirror Transformation, Written by Annie Baker, Directed by Adrian Giurgea, Composer Ardo Ran Varres, Produced by NGO R.A.A.A.M.




Original music for new documentary

Ardo Ran composed music for documentary "The Sun is a good Child"

Film by mr. Vahur Laiapea




Bass Clarinet Concerto

World premiere:

Fri, July 11th at 7 pm St John’s church Tartu, Estonia
Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, Meelis Vind (bass clarinet), conductor Mikk Murdvee
Bach, Pärt, Kerem, Varres (première − Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra)





New Clarinet duo premiered




Original music for new documentary The Gold Spinners

The Gold Spinners tells the story of the birth, glory and downfall of a peculiar, invisible and mighty business empire. It's a story of the film studio Eesti Reklaamfilm – the only enterprise producing commercials in the Soviet Union. It might have been born in the head of one man, but during its heyday the studio provided employment for hundreds of people and its clips won over millions. And all this in the 'socialist empire', under the conditions of planned economy and universal lack of everything. With no actual goods to advertise, marketing rules did not apply and even the word advertisement sounded almost as horrible as 'the CIA', 'the saxophone' or 'Coca-Cola' to the thousands of concerned officials.


Kristo Kampus has made a video from the festival Ankunft: Neue Musik




Ardo Ran`s compositions for cello and electronics will be performed in Berlin 7. of Sept. 2013 starting at 19:30

Festival for new music

Ankunft: Neue Musik




Force Majeure (for cello and phonogram 2012) at Estonian Composers Festival, tuesday 4. of June

Ardo Ran`s composition Force Majeure will be performed at St John`s Church, Tartu, tuesd. 4. of June, 21.00


Aare Tammesalu cello   http://www.tammesalu.com

Ardo Ran Varres phonogram

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Yxus Ensemble performs Berlin Hauptbahnhof by Ardo Ran Varres



Original music for feature film A Friend Of Mine. (Exitfilm 2011)