24 Aug - 06 Dec
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.
Opera "La Traviata"
17 Aug - 07 Dec
Opera in 3 acts by Giuseppe Verdi. In Italian with surtitles in Latvian and in English.
Ballet "At the Blue Danube"
26 Aug - 08 Dec
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.
The Birds' Opera
03 Sep - 09 Dec
Children enter the Opera through the main doors; open the door to the large hall; sit down in the velvet chairs; and watch as the lights dim, the glow of the chandelier looking like the starry sky. The conductor raises his baton and the performance begins, telling the story of the kindhearted Doctor Doolittle, his resourceful animal friends, and the evil Mr.Dornton.
18 Oct - 13 Dec
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.
28 Oct - 14 Dec
This work by genius Marius Petipa represents the artist’s rebirth in the twilight of his life. The Master created "Raymonda" at the age of 80 as the quintessence of his rich life.
Musical "The Sound of Music"
28 Oct - 16 Dec
Meet the joyful Maria, Captain von Trapp and his children, and other characters from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's world-famous musical "The Sound of Music", in a concert for the entire family at the Latvian National Opera!
Ballet: "Peer Gynt"
16 Aug - 16 Dec
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.
Opera - the Rose of Turaida
28 Sep - 17 Dec
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.
04 Oct - 20 Dec
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.
14 Sep - 22 Dec
"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.