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

21 Dec - 19 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Don Juan

21 Dec - 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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21 Dec - 19 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Don Juan

21 Dec - 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.

Read more

21 Dec - 19 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Don Juan

21 Dec - 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.

Read more

21 Dec - 19 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Don Juan

21 Dec - 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.

Read more

18 Oct - 26 Apr

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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28 Oct - 27 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Raymonda

28 Oct - 27 Apr
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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15 Dec - 12 May

Opera, Ballet

Opera Madama Butterfly

15 Dec - 12 May
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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16 Dec - 08 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Musical "The Sound of Music"

16 Dec - 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!

Read more

16 Dec - 06 May

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.

Read more

17 Dec - 28 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera - the Rose of Turaida

17 Dec - 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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20 Dec - 10 May

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.

Read more

13 Oct - 18 Apr

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.

Read more

03 Dec - 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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27 Dec - 30 Dec

Concerts (classical)

New Year Gala

27 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year Gala concerts at the Latvian National Opera sparkle like Champagne. The most enchanting opera melodies and young musical stars.

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27 Dec - 30 Dec

Concerts (classical)

New Year Gala

27 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year Gala concerts at the Latvian National Opera sparkle like Champagne. The most enchanting opera melodies and young musical stars.

Read more

27 Dec - 30 Dec

Concerts (classical)

New Year Gala

27 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year Gala concerts at the Latvian National Opera sparkle like Champagne. The most enchanting opera melodies and young musical stars.

Read more

27 Dec - 30 Dec

Concerts (classical)

New Year Gala

27 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year Gala concerts at the Latvian National Opera sparkle like Champagne. The most enchanting opera melodies and young musical stars.

Read more

03 Dec - 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.

Read more

04 Jan - 22 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera Carmen

04 Jan - 22 Apr
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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05 Jan - 03 May

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Sleeping Beauty

05 Jan - 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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01 Dec - 20 Apr

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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03 Dec - 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.

Read more

26 Oct - 30 May

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.

Read more

15 Nov - 09 Mar

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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14 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Concert performance of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Ernani

14 Jan
The concert performance of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Ernani will bring together a star-studded list of outstanding performers at the Latvian National Opera. The world-famous conductor Daniel Oren, an expert interpreter of Verdi's music, will conduct the concert during his first ever visit to Latvia. The main roles will be played by the two performers already well known by the Latvian audience Dinara Aliyeva and Andreas Bauer, as well as first-time guests - Luc Robert and Franco Vasallo, whose voices are regularly heard at the world's top opera houses.

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18 Oct - 26 Apr

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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19 Oct - 29 Apr

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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20 Oct - 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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03 Dec - 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.

Read more

17 Dec - 28 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera - the Rose of Turaida

17 Dec - 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.

Read more

22 Jan

Concerts (classical)

Concert - Three Osokins at the Opera: New Program

22 Jan
This is a special evening for fans of piano music. Three magnificent pianists will be featured in a single concert: father and professor Sergejs Osokin and his sons – winners of numerous international competitions and talented musicians Andrejs and Georgijs Osokin.

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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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12 Nov - 02 May

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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16 Dec - 06 May

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.

Read more

26 Jan - 05 May

Opera, Ballet

Opera Eugene Onegin

26 Jan - 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.

Read more

08 Dec - 27 May

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "At the Blue Danube"

08 Dec - 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.

Read more

13 Oct - 18 Apr

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.

Read more

20 Dec - 10 May

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.

Read more

17 Nov - 28 Mar

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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03 Dec - 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.

Read more

16 Dec - 08 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Musical "The Sound of Music"

16 Dec - 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!

Read more

15 Feb - 15 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera Rake's Progress

15 Feb - 15 Apr
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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15 Feb - 15 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera Rake's Progress

15 Feb - 15 Apr
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.

Read more

15 Feb - 15 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera Rake's Progress

15 Feb - 15 Apr
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.

Read more

05 Nov - 14 Apr

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.

Read more

08 Dec - 27 May

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "At the Blue Danube"

08 Dec - 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.

Read more

18 Oct - 26 Apr

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.

Read more

22 Feb

Opera, Ballet

Ballet for the whole family "Coppélia"

22 Feb
Léo Delibes's Coppélia, which is once again returning to the LNO's stage, is a classic reading of the E.T.A.Hoffmann's story The Sandman. The revival of the production - where our troupe's best soloists will perform the story of the young heartbreaker Franz and his beloved, Svanilde - will be comical, colorful, and full of life. The characters enter a whirlwind of misunderstandings when Svanilde's beauty is overshadowed by the magic of the mysterious Doctor Coppélius's daughter, Coppélia.

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23 Feb

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Scheherazade and her Tales

23 Feb
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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16 Dec - 08 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Musical "The Sound of Music"

16 Dec - 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!

Read more

02 Dec - 24 Feb

Opera, Ballet

Opera Nabucco

02 Dec - 24 Feb
"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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15 Oct - 25 Mar

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Performance "Karlsson Flies…"

15 Oct - 25 Mar
Is there anyone who does not know Karlsson who lives on the roof — the best playmate in the world? The chubby little man with a propeller on his back is one of the most famous characters from the books by Astrid Lindgren, who is adored by both children and grown-ups. Now his adventures can also be seen at a ballet performance!

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02 Mar - 09 May

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Giselle

02 Mar - 09 May
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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17 Dec - 28 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera - the Rose of Turaida

17 Dec - 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.

Read more

18 Oct - 26 Apr

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.

Read more

15 Nov - 09 Mar

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.

Read more

05 Nov - 14 Apr

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.

Read more

15 Feb - 15 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera Rake's Progress

15 Feb - 15 Apr
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.

Read more

30 Nov - 11 Mar

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Le Corsaire

30 Nov - 11 Mar
The popularity of this ballet has come about thanks to its unique choreography.

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25 Oct - 14 Mar

Opera, Ballet

Opera Iemūrētie/The Immured

25 Oct - 14 Mar
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 Dec - 27 May

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "At the Blue Danube"

08 Dec - 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.

Read more

04 Jan - 22 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera Carmen

04 Jan - 22 Apr
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...

Read more

26 Oct - 30 May

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.

Read more

29 Oct - 18 Mar

Opera, Ballet

Opera for the whole family "The Birds' Opera"

29 Oct - 18 Mar
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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19 Mar - 20 Mar

Opera, Ballet

Boris Eifman’s ballet - Tchaikovsky. Pro et Contra

19 Mar - 20 Mar
One of the greatest contemporary ballet houses will be visiting Latvia - the Boris Eifman troupe from St Petersburg. Eifman’s Tchaikovsky. Pro et Contra is the result of the choreographer’s years-long contemplation of the great composer’s personality and creative world.

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19 Mar - 20 Mar

Opera, Ballet

Boris Eifman’s ballet - Tchaikovsky. Pro et Contra

19 Mar - 20 Mar
One of the greatest contemporary ballet houses will be visiting Latvia - the Boris Eifman troupe from St Petersburg. Eifman’s Tchaikovsky. Pro et Contra is the result of the choreographer’s years-long contemplation of the great composer’s personality and creative world.

Read more

16 Dec - 06 May

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.

Read more

26 Jan - 05 May

Opera, Ballet

Opera Eugene Onegin

26 Jan - 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.

Read more

23 Mar

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Don Quixote

23 Mar
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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15 Dec - 12 May

Opera, Ballet

Opera Madama Butterfly

15 Dec - 12 May
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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15 Oct - 25 Mar

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Performance "Karlsson Flies…"

15 Oct - 25 Mar
Is there anyone who does not know Karlsson who lives on the roof — the best playmate in the world? The chubby little man with a propeller on his back is one of the most famous characters from the books by Astrid Lindgren, who is adored by both children and grown-ups. Now his adventures can also be seen at a ballet performance!

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17 Nov - 28 Mar

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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20 Dec - 10 May

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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16 Dec - 08 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Musical "The Sound of Music"

16 Dec - 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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13 Apr - 11 May

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Antonija #Silmači

13 Apr - 11 May
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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05 Nov - 14 Apr

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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13 Apr - 11 May

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Antonija #Silmači

13 Apr - 11 May
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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15 Feb - 15 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera Rake's Progress

15 Feb - 15 Apr
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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13 Oct - 18 Apr

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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01 Dec - 20 Apr

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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13 Apr - 11 May

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Antonija #Silmači

13 Apr - 11 May
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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04 Jan - 22 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera Carmen

04 Jan - 22 Apr
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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18 Oct - 26 Apr

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 Oct - 26 Apr

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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28 Oct - 27 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Raymonda

28 Oct - 27 Apr
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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17 Dec - 28 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera - the Rose of Turaida

17 Dec - 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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19 Oct - 29 Apr

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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12 Nov - 02 May

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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05 Jan - 03 May

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Sleeping Beauty

05 Jan - 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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26 Jan - 05 May

Opera, Ballet

Opera Eugene Onegin

26 Jan - 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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16 Dec - 06 May

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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02 Mar - 09 May

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Giselle

02 Mar - 09 May
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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20 Dec - 10 May

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.

Read more

13 Apr - 11 May

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Antonija #Silmači

13 Apr - 11 May
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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15 Dec - 12 May

Opera, Ballet

Opera Madama Butterfly

15 Dec - 12 May
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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24 May - 26 May

Opera, Ballet

Opera Don Pasquale

24 May - 26 May
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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24 May - 26 May

Opera, Ballet

Opera Don Pasquale

24 May - 26 May
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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24 May - 26 May

Opera, Ballet

Opera Don Pasquale

24 May - 26 May
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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08 Dec - 27 May

Opera, Ballet

Ballet "At the Blue Danube"

08 Dec - 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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26 Oct - 30 May

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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16 Nov - 31 May

Opera, Ballet

Opera Rigoletto

16 Nov - 31 May
Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto” was an immense success when it premiered in Venice in 1851, and since then its popularity has only grown, making this masterpiece one of the best known operas in the world.

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