Pearls and stars. Online series continue with outstanding concert versions of Italian operas

In March, the Latvian National Opera and Ballet will continue its online program with three recordings of concert versions of three Italian operas: Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma (available from March 5), Giuseppe Verdi’s Ernani (from March 12), and Giacomo Puccini’s La Rondine (from March 19). All recordings will be available until March 31 with subtitles in Latvian.

The unique character of concert performances allows for the fulfilment of the most audacious of dreams. It is an opportunity to perform rarely produced masterpieces on the stage of the Latvian National Opera, giving the Latvian public the opportunity to enjoy interpretations of brilliant local and foreign conductors and soloists. Let them shine!

Tickets available HERE.

Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, composed in 1831, is one of the most beautiful bel canto operas, an outstanding specimen of its genre. “Casta Diva”, the cavatina from its first act, is particularly well known.   

On April 14, 2017, the title role in this concert performance was sung for the first time in Latvia by the soprano star Marina Rebeka. Pollione was sung by the world renown Latvian tenor Aleksandr Antonenko, Oroveso –by the internationally famous Estonian bass Ain Anger, and Adalgisa – the German mezzo soprano Dshamilja Kaiser. The role of Clotilde was interpreted by Laura Grecka and Flavio by  Mikhail Chulpaev.  The musical director of the concert performance was the Italian maestro Gaetano D’Espinosa. The director of the video recording was Edmunds Mickus.

Giuseppe Verdi got the inspiration for his Ernani in Victor Hugo’s play, which is centered around three men who love the same woman.  Because of its vocal complexity, the opera is rarely produced.

Verdi’s Ernani at the Latvian National Opera on January 14, 2018, was a star-studded concert performance. The conductor was the world-famous Daniel Oren, one of the best Verdi interpreters. The main roles were sung by the internationally acclaimed Dinara Aliev, Andreas Bauer Kanabas, Franco Vasallo, and Luc Robert, whose voices fill the leading opera houses around the world. They were joined by the brilliant Latvian soloists Ilona Bagele, Raimonds Bramanis, and Rihards Mačanovskis, as well as the Latvian National Opera choir. The director of the concert performance was Dace Volfarte, scenographer Andris Freibergs, and director of the video recording Edmunds Mickus.

Giacomo Puccini’s La Rondine (Swallow), with libretto by Giuseppe Adami, is a bittersweet story about the Parisian courtesan Magda, the metaphorical swallow, a short-lived landing in the world of true love and romance, only to return to the old “nest” as the mistress of a rich banker. Commissioned by Carltheater of Vienna, the opera was completed in 1916 and saw its premiere in Monte Carlo a year later.  

In the Latvian National Opera concert performance of December 7, 2018, Magda’s role, which is a serious challenge to the soprano voice, was interpreted by Dinara Aliev.  The part of Magda’s lover Ruggero was sung by the brilliant young American tenor John Irvin. The role of the poet Prunier was sung by Pavel Petrov, the Belarusian tenor who is a soloist at the Graz Opera. The other roles were interpreted by soloists of the Latvian National Opera Inga Šļubovska-Kancēviča, Krišjānis Norvelis, Marlēna Keine, Jūlija Vasiļjeva, Laura Grecka, and others. Jānis Liepiņš was the conductor and Dace Volfarte directed the concert performance, scenography was by Andris Freibergs, and Juris Sējāns was the director of the video recording.

On the first day of each viewing the performance will be available from 6 pm.

Tickets will be available starting February 19 at www.bilesuparadize.lvThe price of a single event is EUR 7; all three can be viewed for EUR 17. In the time frame set in the viewer’s profile, each recording will be available an unlimited number of times. 

Combined tickets for all 3 events are available HERE; Tickets for single events: "Norma" – HERE, "Ernani" – HERE, "La Rondine" – HERE.