Premiere of opera "L'incantesimo. Pagliacci" on February 21st

On February 21st Latvian National opera invites to the premiere of Italo Montemezzi's opera "L'incantesimo" and Ruggero Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci". Creative team of production: music director and conductor Jānis Liepiņš, conductor Normunds Vaicis, stage director Aik Karapetian, set designer as well as lighting designer A.J. Weissbard, costume designer Kristīne Pasternaka, video artists Artis Dzērve and choreographer Liene Grava.

Cast: Dana Bramane, Sonora Vaice, Vladislav Sulimsky, Irakli Kakhidze, Sergey Polyakov, George Oniani, Valdis Jansons, Jānis Apeinis, Andris Ludvigs, Armands Siliņš, among others.

The creative team behind the Latvian National Opera’s internationally acclaimed staging of Faust highlights the little-known one-act opera L’incantesimo by Italo Montemezzi and playwright Sem Benelli. This opera has most likely only been staged in Europe once, over 60 years ago in the Verona Arena in Italy. In this new production’s concept L’incantesimo, one of the last works of Italian melodic opera, interplays with Pagliacci - excellent example of the verismo style of opera composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo.

“Disregarding that both works are written in a verismo style, and that the story is virtually the same – a love triangle, jealousy and treachery – they are written in different genres. The opera L’incantesimo is a lyrical medieval fairytale where romance alternates with fantasies and allegories, whereas Pagliacci is realistic. To bring out both styles our creative team will create an opportunity for viewers to take a journey not only through different time periods, but also different worlds,“ explains the director of the new production, Aik Karapetian.

Tickets are available at LNO's and "Biļešu paradīze" box offices and the internet.