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Riga Opera Festival 2017

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.

Each year, the Riga Opera Festival features the brightest productions of this and past seasons, a colorful Gala Concert as well as the opportunity to meet talented Latvian singers and illustrious foreign soloists. The 2017 Riga Opera Festival, called Viva Romantica, will be devoted to romantic opera which the audience will be able to discover through a broad diversity of productions.

Programme:

June 08 Thu 19:00 Faust

June 09 Fri 19:00 Eugene Onegin

June 10 Sat 19:00 Tannhäuser

June 11 Sun 19:00 Carmen

June 14 Wed 19:00 Carmen

June 15 Thu 19:00 Tannhäuser

June 17 Sat 19:00 Faust

June 18 Sun 19:00 Gala Concert

Latvian National Opera 08.06.2017 - 18.06.2017
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Associated events

23 May - 15 Jun

Opera, balets

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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08 Jun - 17 Jun

Opera, balets

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, balets

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, balets

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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18 Jun

Opera, balets

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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