Summer Performances 2018
The Latvian National Opera offers some of the most beautiful opera and ballet productions during the summer performances on August 16 – September 2.
The ballet lovers will enjoy Swan Lake (August 16), At the Blue Danube (August 18), Don Juan (August 22), Antonija #Silmači (August 24), Bolero..., (August 26), La Bayadère (August 30), Romeo and Juliet (September 1) and The Speeping Beauty (September 2).
2018/2019 season will open with 100th season Opening Concert (September 6). The program for the opening concert of the 100th season is in two parts – one dedicated to ballet and the other to opera. With their performances, the soloists of the Latvian National Opera and Ballet will provide a glimpse at the new productions planned for the anniversary season, as well as a look back at the heights of artistic excellence from previous seasons.
First new production of the season will be Richard Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) in September 28. Every time that Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) has appeared during the history of the Latvian National Opera it has defined the boundaries between legend and reality, past and future, and yet has also led in new directions. Fleeing the difficulties of his time in Riga, sailing off on a risky sea voyage gave the young composer a vision of a new production that was to mark the beginnings of his original style. In the history of Latvian music The Flying Dutchman opened a new and important chapter – with the 1918 production, under the leadership of Teodors Reiters, the Latvju Opera troupe, which evolved into the current Latvian National Opera and Ballet, began its work. And it is with this opera, as interpreted by conductor Mārtiņš Ozoliņš and director Viesturs Kairišs, that the Latvian National Opera and Ballet begins its second century!