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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.

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08 Nov

Concerts (classical)

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, symphonic orchestra of the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music

08 Nov
In celebration of the Latvian centenary, the listeners of the Born in Latvia concert cycle will be given a unique opportunity to meet one of the three best orchestras in the world – the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. On 8 November on the stage of the Latvian National Opera lead by the conductor Philippe Herreweghe the orchestra will perform together with the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music Symphony orchestra. The soloist will be one of the most noteworthy modern pianists – the internationally acclaimed Yefim Bronfman.

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26 Oct

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "Three Musketeers"

26 Oct - 14 Dec
The creative team of the neoclassical ballet "Three Musketeers" – Czech composer Jan Kučera and Canadian choreographer Paul Chalmer – invite you to experience all the intrigue, the torrid love affairs and deep loathing of the court of French King Louis XIII. The production was commissioned by the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre and premiered on March 23, 2017 in Ostrava. Now, the ballet artists of the Latvian National Ballet present their interpretation of Alexandre Dumas’ literary masterpiece. World famous heroes bravely stand against the cunning enemy of the King’s court and prove that generosity, wit, love and friendship are the most powerful weapons in the fight against dishonesty, betrayal and the lust for power.

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27 Oct

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "Three Musketeers"

26 Oct - 14 Dec
The creative team of the neoclassical ballet "Three Musketeers" – Czech composer Jan Kučera and Canadian choreographer Paul Chalmer – invite you to experience all the intrigue, the torrid love affairs and deep loathing of the court of French King Louis XIII. The production was commissioned by the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre and premiered on March 23, 2017 in Ostrava. Now, the ballet artists of the Latvian National Ballet present their interpretation of Alexandre Dumas’ literary masterpiece. World famous heroes bravely stand against the cunning enemy of the King’s court and prove that generosity, wit, love and friendship are the most powerful weapons in the fight against dishonesty, betrayal and the lust for power.

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28 Oct

Opera, Ballet

Opera Don Pasquale

28 Oct - 20 Dec
Don Pasquale, the comic opera of the bel canto genius Gaetano Donizetti, tells a story of an elderly bachelor, who is befooled by his doctor, doctor’s sister – a young and beautiful widow, and the bachelor’s lovesick nephew who marries the widow in the end. In the tradition of opera buffa, the opera makes reference to the stock characters of the commedia dell’arte: Pasquale is recognizable as blustery Pantalone, Ernesto as the lovesick Pierrot, Malatesta as the scheming Scapino, and Norina as a wily Columbina.

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31 Oct

Opera, Ballet

Opera "Tannhäuser"

31 Oct
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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01 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Romeo and Juliet

01 Nov - 21 Dec
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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02 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Antonija #Silmači

02 Nov - 19 Dec
The summer is in full blossom, the sun goes uphill towards the summer solstice, and the love-sick heart of Antonija, the mistress of Silmači house, gets dizzy... The ballet Antonija #Silmači is a romantically dramatic story about the longing for a fulfilled personal life.

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03 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Opera - the Rose of Turaida

03 Nov - 15 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.

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04 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Raymonda

04 Nov
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.

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07 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Opera Faust

07 Nov - 12 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.

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09 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "Three Musketeers"

26 Oct - 14 Dec
The creative team of the neoclassical ballet "Three Musketeers" – Czech composer Jan Kučera and Canadian choreographer Paul Chalmer – invite you to experience all the intrigue, the torrid love affairs and deep loathing of the court of French King Louis XIII. The production was commissioned by the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre and premiered on March 23, 2017 in Ostrava. Now, the ballet artists of the Latvian National Ballet present their interpretation of Alexandre Dumas’ literary masterpiece. World famous heroes bravely stand against the cunning enemy of the King’s court and prove that generosity, wit, love and friendship are the most powerful weapons in the fight against dishonesty, betrayal and the lust for power.

Read more

10 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Opera Rake's Progress

10 Nov
The story concerns the decline and fall of one Tom Rakewell, who deserts Anne Trulove for the delights of London in the company of Nick Shadow, who turns out to be the Devil. The opera that was first performed at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in 1951, was based loosely on the eight paintings and engravings A Rake’s Progress of the 18th century artist William Hogarth, which Stravinsky had seen in 1947 in a Chicago exhibition. At the Latvian National Opera, this opera will be staged for the first time.

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11 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "At the Blue Danube"

11 Nov
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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14 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Opera "Turandot"

14 Nov
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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16 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Concert - 100 Years of the Latvian National Opera

16 Nov - 17 Nov
The Latvian National Opera (LNO) troupe’s colorful centenary celebration concert will feature the voices of the outstanding LNO soloists as well as internationally recognized and locally beloved opera stars.

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17 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Concert - 100 Years of the Latvian National Opera

16 Nov - 17 Nov
The Latvian National Opera (LNO) troupe’s colorful centenary celebration concert will feature the voices of the outstanding LNO soloists as well as internationally recognized and locally beloved opera stars.

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21 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Don Juan

21 Nov
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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22 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Opera Carmen

22 Nov
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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23 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "Three Musketeers"

26 Oct - 14 Dec
The creative team of the neoclassical ballet "Three Musketeers" – Czech composer Jan Kučera and Canadian choreographer Paul Chalmer – invite you to experience all the intrigue, the torrid love affairs and deep loathing of the court of French King Louis XIII. The production was commissioned by the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre and premiered on March 23, 2017 in Ostrava. Now, the ballet artists of the Latvian National Ballet present their interpretation of Alexandre Dumas’ literary masterpiece. World famous heroes bravely stand against the cunning enemy of the King’s court and prove that generosity, wit, love and friendship are the most powerful weapons in the fight against dishonesty, betrayal and the lust for power.

Read more

24 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Opera - The Flying Dutchman

24 Nov
Fleeing the difficulties of his time in Riga, sailing off on a risky sea voyage gave the young composer Richard Wagner a vision of a new production that was to mark the beginnings of his original style.

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25 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

25 Nov - 13 Jan
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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28 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Opera Nabucco

28 Nov
"I can say with a certainty that this opera marked the beginning of my career" as a composer -said Giuseppe Verdi. In 1840, after the death of both children and his wife, Giuseppe Verdi is stricken by a deep depression. Only after two years - in 1842, the composer overcomes his crises, settles down to work and writes Nabucco. The resounding triumph after the performance of Nabucco opened the era of glory for Giuseppe Verdi's operas.

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29 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Antonija #Silmači

02 Nov - 19 Dec
The summer is in full blossom, the sun goes uphill towards the summer solstice, and the love-sick heart of Antonija, the mistress of Silmači house, gets dizzy... The ballet Antonija #Silmači is a romantically dramatic story about the longing for a fulfilled personal life.

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30 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Opera Eugene Onegin

30 Nov
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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01 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

25 Nov - 13 Jan
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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02 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Opera Madama Butterfly

02 Dec
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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06 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Sleeping Beauty

06 Dec
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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08 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Swan Lake

08 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.

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09 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Opera "La Traviata"

09 Dec
Opera in 3 acts by Giuseppe Verdi. In Italian with surtitles in Latvian and in English.

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12 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Opera Faust

07 Nov - 12 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.

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13 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Le Corsaire

13 Dec
The popularity of this ballet has come about thanks to its unique choreography.

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14 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Tenor trio. Arrivederci Rome

14 Dec
Raimonds Bramanis, Mihails Čuļpajevs and Juris Vizbulis - three young, bright and recognized tenors of the Latvian National Opera have joined their voices and charisma in a new musical union Tenor Trio. They will perform popular opera arias, as well as Neapolitan songs, and instrumental pieces of opera music.

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14 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "Three Musketeers"

26 Oct - 14 Dec
The creative team of the neoclassical ballet "Three Musketeers" – Czech composer Jan Kučera and Canadian choreographer Paul Chalmer – invite you to experience all the intrigue, the torrid love affairs and deep loathing of the court of French King Louis XIII. The production was commissioned by the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre and premiered on March 23, 2017 in Ostrava. Now, the ballet artists of the Latvian National Ballet present their interpretation of Alexandre Dumas’ literary masterpiece. World famous heroes bravely stand against the cunning enemy of the King’s court and prove that generosity, wit, love and friendship are the most powerful weapons in the fight against dishonesty, betrayal and the lust for power.

Read more

15 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Opera - the Rose of Turaida

03 Nov - 15 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.

Read more

16 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

25 Nov - 13 Jan
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.

Read more

19 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Antonija #Silmači

02 Nov - 19 Dec
The summer is in full blossom, the sun goes uphill towards the summer solstice, and the love-sick heart of Antonija, the mistress of Silmači house, gets dizzy... The ballet Antonija #Silmači is a romantically dramatic story about the longing for a fulfilled personal life.

Read more

20 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Opera Don Pasquale

28 Oct - 20 Dec
Don Pasquale, the comic opera of the bel canto genius Gaetano Donizetti, tells a story of an elderly bachelor, who is befooled by his doctor, doctor’s sister – a young and beautiful widow, and the bachelor’s lovesick nephew who marries the widow in the end. In the tradition of opera buffa, the opera makes reference to the stock characters of the commedia dell’arte: Pasquale is recognizable as blustery Pantalone, Ernesto as the lovesick Pierrot, Malatesta as the scheming Scapino, and Norina as a wily Columbina.

Read more

21 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Romeo and Juliet

01 Nov - 21 Dec
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.

Read more

22 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Opera The Bat

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.

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23 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

25 Nov - 13 Jan
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.

Read more

27 Dec

Opera, Ballet

New Year Gala at the Opera

27 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year Gala concerts at the Latvian National Opera sparkle like Champaign. Let’s celebrate together with the most enchanting opera melodies and musical stars!

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28 Dec

Opera, Ballet

New Year Gala at the Opera

27 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year Gala concerts at the Latvian National Opera sparkle like Champaign. Let’s celebrate together with the most enchanting opera melodies and musical stars!

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29 Dec

Opera, Ballet

New Year Gala at the Opera

27 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year Gala concerts at the Latvian National Opera sparkle like Champaign. Let’s celebrate together with the most enchanting opera melodies and musical stars!

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30 Dec

Opera, Ballet

New Year Gala at the Opera

27 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year Gala concerts at the Latvian National Opera sparkle like Champaign. Let’s celebrate together with the most enchanting opera melodies and musical stars!

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03 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

25 Nov - 13 Jan
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.

Read more

13 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

25 Nov - 13 Jan
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.

Read more