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18 Jan - 17 Jun

Opera, Ballet

Faust

18 Jan - 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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08 Dec - 09 Jun

Opera, Ballet

Yevgeniy Onegin

08 Dec - 09 Jun
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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02 Mar - 14 Jun

Opera, Ballet

Carmen

02 Mar - 14 Jun
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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08 Mar - 26 May

Opera, Ballet

Anna Karenina

08 Mar - 26 May
Life in the Karenin family is languid and unhurried. But the heart of Anna, the lady of the house, is suddenly inflamed by passion, which destroys the comforts of domestic harmony. Anna surrenders to Vronsky’s seductions and leaves her husband and beloved son.

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10 Mar - 28 May

Opera, Ballet

Raymonda

10 Mar - 28 May
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. The plot is about a knight who embarks on a crusade and his bride. Dances by Raymonda and her friends appear as an accolade to female beauty and the multicoloured gamut of her feelings, while the entrance of sheikh Abdu-Rakhman and his suite brings Oriental inebriation and passion to the ballet, briefly stirring up the admirable harmony of Raymonda's world. LNO production transports the viewers into the wondrous atmosphere of the Middle Ages.

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