Izbaudi Rīgu

Latvian National Opera and Ballet

Riga's White House — the Latvian National Opera and Ballet on Aspazijas bulvāris was opened in 1923; an average of six new productions are presented each year, retaining balance between opera and ballet. In total, the opera sees over 200 performances and several symphonic and chamber music concerts a season.

The very beginning of opera performances in Latvia can be traced back to the 18th century when first musical shows were staged in the Duchy of Courland and the first travelling opera troupes appeared in Riga. In 1782, Town German Theatre was opened where drama theatre, opera and ballet performances were held, also the famous German composer Richard Wagner worked there for a few years.

The origin of Latvian opera dates back to 1912, with establishing of Latvian opera under Pāvuls Jurjāns; however, the Latvian National Opera troupe first performed with Richard Wagner's “The Flying Dutchman” in the present Opera House only on January 23, 1919.

In the 1990s, the opera house underwent large-scale reconstruction and restoration of the interior, highlighting the original decorations and matching the new interior of premises to them. The construction was finished in 2001, when new complex building for technical and creative staff and the New Hall with 300 seats for realisation of wide range art projects were finished.

Saistītie pasākumi

26 May

Opera, Ballet

Anna Karenina

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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28 May

Opera, Ballet

Raymonda

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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01 Jun

Opera, Ballet

Mackbeth

01 Jun
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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18 Jun

Opera, Ballet

Riga Opera Festival's gala concert - Viva Romantica!

18 Jun
The 2017 Riga Opera Festival Viva Romantica!, dedicated to romantic opera this year, will conclude with a magnificent gala concert!

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24 Aug

Opera, Ballet

Swan Lake

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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02 Sep

Opera, Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty

02 Sep
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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03 Sep

Opera, Ballet

The Birds' Opera

03 Sep
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.

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07 Sep

Opera, Ballet

Gala concert to open 2017 season

07 Sep
The Latvian National Opera and Ballet will open the new season with a Gala Concert, featuring many of Latvia's top opera and ballet performers, ballet dancers from the Latvian National Ballet, the Latvian National Opera Choir and Orchestra, as well as guest performers. The audience will have the opportunity to enjoy the best productions from the previous season, as well get a sneak-peak of new productions for the 2017 season.

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08 Sep

Opera, Ballet

Giselle

08 Sep
Giselle is one of the first large ballets of the romantic period, and one of the few works of that era to have survived to the present day.

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09 Sep

Opera, Ballet

Le Nozze di Figaro

09 Sep
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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13 Sep

Opera, Ballet

Romeo and Juliet

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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14 Sep

Opera, Ballet

The Bat

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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16 Sep

Opera, Ballet

Madama Butterfly

16 Sep
This revival of Madama Butterfly offers the unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the LNO's original 1925 production: the original set and costume design, as well as the basic structure of the direction, have been preserved.

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25 May - 16 Aug

Opera, Ballet

Ballet: "Peer Gynt"

25 May - 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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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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02 Jun - 10 Sep

Opera, Ballet

Scheherazade and her Tales

02 Jun - 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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03 Jun - 17 Sep

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "At the Blue Danube"

03 Jun - 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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08 Jun - 18 Jun

Festivals, Festivities

Riga Opera Festival 2017

08 Jun - 18 Jun
This year, the Riga Opera Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Over the years, the festival has become a much anticipated tradition, widely praised by the Latvian audience as well as foreign visitors.

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08 Jun - 17 Jun

Opera, Ballet

Faust

08 Jun - 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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09 Jun - 25 Aug

Opera, Ballet

Yevgeniy Onegin

09 Jun - 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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11 Jun - 23 Aug

Opera, Ballet

Carmen

11 Jun - 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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