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09 Mar - 06 May

Opera, Ballet

"iemūrētie"/"The Immured"

09 Mar - 06 May
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.

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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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12 Apr - 03 Jun

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "At the Blue Danube"

12 Apr - 03 Jun
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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21 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "Unknown Territories"

21 Apr
Three one-acts as three new arrivals to the stage – three young, vibrant artists of the Latvian National Ballet have evolved into promising, original choreographers. Choreographer of the one-act called Images of Presence, Elza Leimane, is the troupe’s leading soloist who has earned success participating in various competitions and has been professionally awarded in Latvia and abroad. In this production, the audience will also be delightfully surprised by the National ballet artists Milana Komarova, who has created choreography for the act called Closer to the Equator, and Jevgeņija Trautmane, who offers a work titled Inside.

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22 Mar - 25 May

Opera, Ballet

Ballet: "Peer Gynt"

22 Mar - 25 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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25 Nov - 31 May

Opera, Ballet

Bolero

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

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27 Apr - 14 Jun

Opera, Ballet

Carmen

27 Apr - 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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17 Feb - 28 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Don Quixote

17 Feb - 28 Apr
The naively optimistic plot of the ballet Don Quixote cannot really be compared with the novel of the same name, by Miguel de Cervantes. What, then, is the reason for the ballet's success over the decades? The answer lies in the dance elements, the ballet's unfaltering attraction. Don Quixote was written for wealthy Moscow, a city that has left its mark on the form of this work.

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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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17 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Franz Lehar’s operetta The Merry Widow

17 Apr
This performance is about love – that love is what is most important. Only love can save the nation from bankruptcy and the world from madness. We can do anything for love, but the most important is that without it, there is no meaning to anything anymore. And, of course, there will be music! Popular and beautiful music, which delights listeners all over the world. The famous Placido Domingo even concluded many of his concerts with Hanna and Danilo’s love duet Silent Lips from The Merry Widow.

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04 Feb - 26 Apr

Opera, Ballet

La Bayadère

04 Feb - 26 Apr
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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30 Mar

Opera, Ballet

Le Corsaire

30 Mar
The popularity of this ballet has come about thanks to its unique choreography.

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