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RIGA OPERA FESTIVAL 2022

Riga Opera Festival, founded in 1998 as the first festival of its size and scale in Eastern Europe, it has already become a treasured tradition. The festival is highly anticipated by both Latvian audiences and opera-lovers from abroad, which form the majority of all Riga Opera Festival fans. In 2022, the festival programme for the first time will include also ballet performances.


 

PROGRAMME

June 8, 19.00, ballet DRACULA by W. Kilar and P. Chynowski

June 9, 19.00, opera AIDA by G. Verdi

June 10, 19.00, ballet SWAN LAKE by P. Tshaikovsky

June 11, 19.00, opera LA CENERENTOLA by G. Rossini

June 12, 19.00, ballet NIJINSKI

June 15, 19.00, opera DON GIOVANNI by W. A. Mozart

June 16, 19.00, opera SIMON BOCCANEGRA by G. Verdi

June 18, 19.00, opera HAMLET by J. Kalniņš

June 19, 19.00, opera SIMON BOCCANEGRA by G. Verdi

June 21, 19.00, opera DON GIOVANNI by W. A. Mozart

June 30, 19.00, RIGA OPERA FESTIVAL GALA CONCERT

July 1, 19.00,  RIGA OPERA FESTIVAL GALA CONCERT IN JELGAVA (Open-Air Concert Hall MĪTAVA)

 

Tickets to the festival events are available at www.opera.lv and LNO box office (Aspazijas bulvaris 3, Riga).


DRACULA

Ballet by Wojciech Kilar and Paweł Chynowski

after the motifs of Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula"

 

Composer WOJCIECH KILAR

Libretto by PAWEŁ CHYNOWSKI

Choreographer KRZYSZTOF PASTOR

Conductor MĀRTIŅŠ OZOLIŅŠ

Costume and Set Design by CHARLES CUSICK SMITH and PHIL R. DANIELS

Lighting Designer for the Original Production JON BUSWELL

Lighting Designer for the Adaptation JOHN PAUL PERCOX

 

When, returning from the war, Count Dracula finds out that his beloved wife has taken her life and the clergymen are refusing to bury her in hallow ground, he curses against God and humanity and turns into an immortal vampire.  Events taking place several centuries later reveal another tragic love story: Dracula falls in love with Mina, the doppelganger of his dead wife, yet their inhuman love inevitably brings about death and suffering.


SIMON BOCCANEGRA

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi

 

Musical Director and Conductor NORMUNDS VAICIS

Based on the original production concept by STEPHEN LAWLESS

Set and Costume Designer LESLIE TRAVERS

Choreographer LYNNE HOCKNEY

Lighting Designer OSKARS PAULIŅŠ

 

The title character of this opera becomes the doge of Genoa, defeating the aristocrat Fiesko in the vote, but they are both connected not only by the struggle for power, but also by a fateful woman. The opera "Simon Boccanegra" was written by Giuseppe Verdi as early as 1857, but only the second edition of the work, which premiered in 1881, become popular with the public and critics.


LA CENERENTOLA

Opera by Gioachini Rossini

 

Musical Director and Conductor PÉTER HALÁSZ

Stage Direction, Set Design, Costumes and Choreography by BARBE & DOUCET

Lighting Designer OSKARS PAULIŅŠ

 

 

 

So that Ramiro could inherit a theater from his recently deceased father, he has to get married. The King’s Follies theater was once considered one of the most prestigious revues in New York, but the style is now dated, and its great success is a thing of the past. To improve the business, Alidoro, Ramiro’s legal advisor, suggests that he should marry the stepdaughter of Don Magnifico, the owner of the Button Club, a rundown burlesque show. Angelina (Cenerentola), Magnifico’s stepdaughter, is taking care of her sisters and other performers of the Button Club but her dream is to design sets and costumes for the theater. Angelina’s creative vision helps her to become a partner in Ramiro’s business, but her attractive personality makes him fall in love with her.

 


AĪDA

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi

 

Conductor PIER GIORGIO MORANDI

Stage Director MĀRA ĶIMELE

Set and Costume Designer ILMĀRS BLUMBERGS

Lighting Designer GLEB FILSHTINSKY

Director or Movement AGRIS DAŅIĻĒVIČS

Choreographer AIVARS LEIMANIS

Make-up Artist SVANHVITA VALGEIVSDOTTIR

 

Verdi’s late work is one of the masterpieces of opera history – light and darkness, love and hate, triumph and defeat, hope and death all stand alongside one another. The LNO production, designed by the outstanding Latvian artist Ilmārs Blumbergs, resembles a giant painting, the colors and shapes of which evoke the majesty of Ancient Egipt.


HAMLET

Opera by Jānis Kalniņš
 

Music Director and Conductor MĀRTIŅŠ OZOLIŅŠ

Stage Director KRISTINA WUSS

Set Designer ANDRIS EGLĪTIS

Costume Designer KRISTĪNE PASTERNAKA

Choreographer AGRIS DAŅIĻĒVIČS

Lighting Designer MĀRTIŅŠ FELDMANIS

 

One of the most brilliant Latvian musical compositions has returned to the stage of the National Opera: Jānis Kalniņš’s musical tragedy Hamlet, a story about strength and fragility, structured as ten scenes with interludes. The patron of the production is the Latvian National Opera Guild in the United States.

“Hamlet was completed in late 1935, with the composer working both in Latvia and Austria. It coincided with the time when the Latvian team claimed victory in the First European Basketball Championship, the Freedom Monument was erected with money donated by the Latvian people, and Latvian crafts were exhibited at the Trocadero in Paris. Soon, VEF began producing its VEF Super Lux MD/37 radio, featuring a picture of the map of Europe. Life was not out of joint quite to the extent as it was in medieval Denmark. Suddenly, a time tunnel emerges, joining moments from different centuries: 16th c. (play) – 1935 (opera) – 21st c.(paintings). The focus of these ten scenes, with interludes of different lengths, is conscience as it balances on the centrifuge of the revolving circle in the LNOB stage floor. While Shakespeare personifies this theme in at least 20 different characters, Kalniņš makes do with fewer. I feel like using white for the story, a situation of melting ice,” says Kristina Wuss, director of the opera.  


DON GIOVANNI

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

Music Director and Conductor ANDRIS VEISMANIS

Conductor ALESSANDRO DE MARCHI

Stage Director MARCELO LOMBARDERO

Set Designer DIEGO SILIANO

Costume Designer LUCIANA GUTMAN

Lighting Designer HORACIO EFRON

Choreographer LINDA MĪĻĀ

 

Don Giovanni is a modern man, he is a predator, an individual without boundaries, who has chosen his own rules instead of complying with the social order. His life is guided by wine, lust, and women, but he has replaced romance with trophy hunting – the number of women Don Giovanni has conquered is in the thousands. The means to achieve his ends can become extreme – lies, deceit, and even murder – but in the end it proves to be the road to hell. In the hands of the creative team, Don Giovanni has become an ironic and dark comedy.


SWAN LAKE

Ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

 

Staged by AIVARS LEIMANIS

Conductor MĀRTIŅŠ OZOLIŅŠ

Set Designer JUAN GUILLERMO NOVA

Costume Designer ROBERT PERDZIOLA

Lighting Designer AINĀRS PASTARS

 

Swan Lake is the ballet’s ballet, and has always been an audience-favorite. This production combines the beautiful music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky with the ingenious choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. The enchantment of Swan Lake attracts Prince Siegfried, a dreamer, like a magnet. Odile, looking exactly like the beautiful swan princess Odette, lusts for the young prince. A struggle; the injury of beloved Odette; the victory over evil, which is only an illusion... Neuschwanstein Castle and the royal court of Ludwig II – exquisite costumes and magnificent sets together with the Latvian National Ballet’s careful attention to detail when staging classical ballet leads to excellence.


NIJINSKI

Ballet with music by Frédéric Chopin and Claude Debussy

 

Choreography by MARCO GOECKE

Music Director and Conductor MĀRTIŅŠ OZOLIŅŠ

Stage and Costumes by MICHAELA SPRINGER

Realization Stage and Costumes for LNOB by MARVIN OTT

Lighting Design by UDO HABERLAND

Dramaturgy by ESTHER DREESEN-SCHABACK

Staging by FABIO PALOMBO

 

Nijinski is the contemporary ballet performance by the choreographer Marco Goecke that deals with the ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky. It reveals the most important moments in Nijinsky’s life on and off stage showing how closely art and madness are related.

The original of Nijinski was premièred at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart’s Gauthier Dance festival to great acclaim in 2016; since then, it has been performed on worldwide tours to great success. In 2017 Marco Goecke received the Italian prize Danza&Danza for Nijinski as the best choreography of the year.


RIGA OPERA FESTIVAL GALA CONCERT  (in Riga and Jelgava)

Music Director and Conductor MĀRTIŅŠ OZOLIŅŠ

 

As always, the Riga Opera Festival offers audiences the opportunity to hear both beloved local soloists and visiting international stars, as well as enjoy the most beautiful opera melodies at the Gala Concert! 

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