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05 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Sleeping Beauty

21 Oct - 03 May
Princes and princesses, fairies and other heroes from fairy tales come together at Tchaikovsky's ballet featuring wonderful music and memorable story about love that overcomes all difficulties.

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06 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Opera "Turandot"

01 Dec - 20 Apr
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.

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07 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

03 Dec - 04 Feb
The setting of the ballet is Riga in the late nineteenth century. The atmosphere of the day is conjured up by the city's ancient streets, Art Nouveau interiors, plant motifs, and effective contrasts: it's winter outside, but inside, flowers are blooming. Christmas-tree decorations and toys come to life, and Maria's dreams begin to come true. Everything happens exactly as befits Christmas Eve, though the tone is set by the rules and forms of classical ballet.

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10 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Swan Lake

26 Oct - 30 May
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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12 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Romeo and Juliet

15 Nov - 09 Mar
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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17 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Opera Faust

18 Oct - 26 Apr
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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18 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Bolero

19 Oct - 29 Apr
French composer Maurice Ravel once joked: I have written a masterpiece. Unfortunately, there is no music in it.

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19 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Opera Le Nozze di Figaro

20 Oct - 19 Jan
The production of "Le Nozze di Figaro" will offer the inhabitants of the city, and probably also its visitors, to get to know with the famous Argentinean director and artistic director of Teatro Colon, Marcelo Lombardero, whose productions have been highly appraised by audiences and critics in South America and Europe. The production of Mozart's opera in the Latvian National Opera has been produced in the 1980s Latin American soap opera style, by creating an atmosphere full of exotic, social and erotic tension.

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20 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

03 Dec - 04 Feb
The setting of the ballet is Riga in the late nineteenth century. The atmosphere of the day is conjured up by the city's ancient streets, Art Nouveau interiors, plant motifs, and effective contrasts: it's winter outside, but inside, flowers are blooming. Christmas-tree decorations and toys come to life, and Maria's dreams begin to come true. Everything happens exactly as befits Christmas Eve, though the tone is set by the rules and forms of classical ballet.

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21 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Opera - the Rose of Turaida

22 Oct - 28 Apr
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.

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23 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

23 Jan
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is a fairytale-like rock ballet for parents and children alike. It is a joint project by the Riga Choreography School, the Emils Darzins' Music School and the Latvian National Opera.

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24 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Opera "La Traviata"

12 Nov - 02 May
Opera in 3 acts by Giuseppe Verdi. In Italian with surtitles in Latvian and in English.

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25 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Peer Gynt

16 Dec - 06 May
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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26 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Opera Eugene Onegin

27 Oct - 05 May
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 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "At the Blue Danube"

14 Oct - 27 May
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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28 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Opera The Bat

13 Oct - 18 Apr
"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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31 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Don Juan

10 Nov - 19 Apr
The ballet Don Juan, with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Frédéric Chopin, is staged by the renowned choreographer of Cuban origin Julio Arozarena. He teams up with playwright Valentina Turcu, better known to Latvian audiences as the choreographer of the ballet Romeo and Juliet.

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01 Feb

Opera, Ballet

Opera "Tannhäuser"

20 Dec - 10 May
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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02 Feb

Opera, Ballet

Ballet La Bayadère

17 Nov - 28 Mar
For the first time, Latvian National Opera will stage the ballet La Bayadère by French choreographer Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus.

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03 Feb

Opera, Ballet

Opera "Mackbeth"

03 Feb
Macbeth is Giuseppe Verdi’s tenth opera and his first to be inspired by William Shakespeare – whose Macbeth Verdi had loved since his youth.

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04 Feb

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

03 Dec - 04 Feb
The setting of the ballet is Riga in the late nineteenth century. The atmosphere of the day is conjured up by the city's ancient streets, Art Nouveau interiors, plant motifs, and effective contrasts: it's winter outside, but inside, flowers are blooming. Christmas-tree decorations and toys come to life, and Maria's dreams begin to come true. Everything happens exactly as befits Christmas Eve, though the tone is set by the rules and forms of classical ballet.

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11 Feb

Opera, Ballet

Musical "The Sound of Music"

28 Oct - 08 Apr
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!

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18 Feb

Opera, Ballet

Opera for kids "The little magic flute"

05 Nov - 14 Apr
This innovative, new production was created by director Margo Zālīte with our younger audiences in mind.

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18 Feb

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "At the Blue Danube"

14 Oct - 27 May
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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