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20 Apr - 24 Aug

Opera, Ballet

Swan Lake

20 Apr - 24 Aug
Swan Lake is the ballet's ballet, and has always been an audience-favorite. This production combines the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky with the ingenious choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

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23 Apr - 14 Sep

Opera, Ballet

The Bat

23 Apr - 14 Sep
"Die Fledermaus" (The Bat) is Johann Strauss' most popular operetta. It is a story about a luxurious and elating world, which is ruled by luster, joy, flirt, intrigues, and surprises.

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29 Apr - 17 Jun

Opera, Ballet

Faust

29 Apr - 17 Jun
Dr. Faust is sinking into depression despite his many years, and the promise made to mysterious Mephistopheles - all his wishes granted in exchange for his soul. Charles Gounod's marvelous opera, based on the Goethe tragedy, had its world premiere back in Paris in 1859. Here and now, director Aik Karapetyan offers late-Gothic mileau, with touches of German Expressionism, including silent movies. "However, this does not mean a production that will be 'hopelessly serious," the director is quick to explain.

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22 Apr - 16 Aug

Opera, Ballet

Ballet: "Peer Gynt"

22 Apr - 16 Aug
Henrik Ibsen's world famous dramatic poem (1867) is the basis for this new full-length ballet. The plot centers on the adventurous Peer Gynt, having gone off into the world in search of .... , finally returns home a mature man where his beloved Solweig has waited for him. Will this courtship be Peer's last adventure? The illustrious Slovenian choreographer Edward Klug has modernized the proceedings and chooses elements of irony, absurdism and surrealism as his main tools of expression, all set to Edvard Grieg's lilting melodies.

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19 Apr - 25 Aug

Opera, Ballet

Yevgeniy Onegin

19 Apr - 25 Aug
Is it possible to break the mold, and act counter to what our parents and society taught us? When for example a victim becomes the tormentor, and when the tormentor becomes the savior. Director Rēzija Kalniņa makes her National Opera debut with this Tchaikovsky classic.

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27 Apr - 23 Aug

Opera, Ballet

Carmen

27 Apr - 23 Aug
At the same time celebrated and hated by her own sex, desired and punished by the opposite one, Carmen changes the world around her. The hatred she causes comes from the desire she arises...

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30 Apr - 17 Sep

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "At the Blue Danube"

30 Apr - 17 Sep
The beautiful music of “waltz king” Johann Strauss inspired a romantic ballet about the choice between love and the stage, dreams and reality. An der schönen blauen Donau was first performed in Riga in 1957; in the 60 years since, it has been revived numerous times and has become one of the cornerstones of the Latvian Ballet. This new production is in celebration of yet another anniversary. April 2017 marks the 110th birthday of Helēna Tangijeva-Birzniece – legendary ballerina, ballet master, instructor and producer of this ballet.

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03 May - 10 Sep

Opera, Ballet

Scheherazade and her Tales

03 May - 10 Sep
Shahriyar, the Sultan of ancient Persia, is left bitter after being betrayed by an unfaithful wife. For this reason, each night he marries an innocent virgin, only to have her beheaded the following morning. This pattern continues until he meets his vizier’s oldest daughter, Scheherazade, who is able to conquer and soften the sultan’s hardened heart with her stories and myths...

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07 May - 13 Sep

Opera, Ballet

Romeo and Juliet

07 May - 13 Sep
Ballet of Sergey Prokofiev, born from themes of immortal tragedy of William Shakespeare, no doubt, is one of the most popular examples of its genre in the XX century.

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23 May - 15 Jun

Opera, Ballet

Opera "Tannhäuser"

23 May - 15 Jun
In Richard Wagner’s masterpiece, Tannhäuser draws his artistic inspiration from experiencing polar opposites: the pleasure he experiences in an underground grotto, and the asceticism he experiences on his pilgrimage to Rome. He also loves women who are polar opposites to one another, and searches for a way to combine these two opposites to form a unified whole: Tannhäuser wants the sensual Venus to have Elisabeth’s chastity, whereas he wants the chaste Elisabeth to have Venus’s sensuousness. Stage Director Vilppu Kiljunen tells about his production: My approach to the staging was built around a central question: the conditions that make love and loving possible in a cultural context, where the idea and role of a woman is violently divided into that of a saint or a whore.

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27 May - 17 Aug

Opera, Ballet

Opera "La Traviata"

27 May - 17 Aug
Opera in 3 acts by Giuseppe Verdi. In Italian with surtitles in Latvian and in English.

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31 May - 18 Aug

Opera, Ballet

Bolero

31 May - 18 Aug
French composer Maurice Ravel once joked: I have written a masterpiece. Unfortunately, there is no music in it.

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