Ballet Antonija #Silmači
13 Apr - 03 Jun
The summer is in full blossom, the sun goes uphill towards the summer solstice, and the love-sick heart of Antonija, the mistress of Silmači house, gets dizzy... The ballet Antonija #Silmači is a romantically dramatic story about the longing for a fulfilled personal life.
Opera Iemūrētie/The Immured
Composer Ēriks Ešenvalds' opera - a saga about the new National Library - and the victim without whom nothing truly major can be wrought. A legend of and for our times based on the folklore of several European countries, and contemporary Latvian society.The saga's heroes are artists and bricklayers, librarians and politicians, and depicted are their loves, treachery, faith and duty.
Concert Performance ''Dauka''
The Latvian National Opera continues popularisation of the Latvian opera music. Andris Dzenītis is one of the most talented, multi-faceted and internationally successful young Latvian composers. Andris Dzenītis and the young poet Kārlis Vērdiņš were inspired by the archetypal story by Sudrabu Edžus. Participants: Latvian National Opera soloists and the Riga Dom Boys' Choir.
Opera - the Rose of Turaida
28 Apr - 09 Jun
The Rose of Turaida, an opera by Zigmars Liepiņš and with the libretto by Kaspars Dimiters, is a musically and theatrically fresh remake of the opera No Rozes un Asinīm (From Rose and Blood). It’s a story about the events of 1620, during which the protagonists continue to live out their passions – a story that moved conductor Mārtiņš Ozoliņš and director Ināra Slucka to portray this melodious drama as a timeless legend about Maija’s love and loyalty.
Valentina, the first opera of internationally recognized Latvian composer Arturs Maskats celebrates a cultural legend – film expert Valentina Freimane. The opera portrays the tense and dynamic days in Latvian history from 1939 to 1944, which was a historically and culturally significant time period to various peoples living in Latvia.
Opera Rake's Progress
15 Apr - 13 Jun
The story concerns the decline and fall of one Tom Rakewell, who deserts Anne Trulove for the delights of London in the company of Nick Shadow, who turns out to be the Devil. The opera that was first performed at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in 1951, was based loosely on the eight paintings and engravings A Rake’s Progress of the 18th century artist William Hogarth, which Stravinsky had seen in 1947 in a Chicago exhibition. At the Latvian National Opera, this opera will be staged for the first time.
20 Apr - 14 Jun
This production of Puccini’ last opera, staged at the Latvian National Opera in 1973, has been renewed several times. The magnificent set and costumes by Edgars Vārdaunis take audiences to a mythical journey to the legendary times of China, while the wonderful music melts even the coldest hearts.
Opera Don Pasquale
24 May - 15 Jun
Don Pasquale, the comic opera of the bel canto genius Gaetano Donizetti, tells a story of an elderly bachelor, who is befooled by his doctor, doctor’s sister – a young and beautiful widow, and the bachelor’s lovesick nephew who marries the widow in the end. In the tradition of opera buffa, the opera makes reference to the stock characters of the commedia dell’arte: Pasquale is recognizable as blustery Pantalone, Ernesto as the lovesick Pierrot, Malatesta as the scheming Scapino, and Norina as a wily Columbina.