The LNO Dedicates the Performance to the Memory of the Earthquake/Tsunami Victims in Japan and Calls for Donations

The Latvian National Opera will dedicate the performance of "Madama Butterfly" by G.Puccini on April 29 to the memory of the victims of the earthquakes and the tsunami in Japan. The romantic story about the love between the Japanese girl and the American officer will be conducted by the outstanding Japanese maestro Hirofumi Yoshida. The Cio-Cio-San will be sung by the Polish soprano Aleksandra Chacinska; the other roles will be performed by Andris Ludvigs and Jānis Apeinis, and others. The LNO calls everyone to donate to support the victims.

"The friendship and cooperation between the LNO and Japan lasts for over a decade. In these years, the LNO has recognized the human values, cherished by Japanese people – the true generosity, warm-heartedness and the lasting loyalty, as well as the high professional level characterizing Japanese artists. In 2002/2003, the LNO received an extremely generous gift from the Japanese government – a number of various musical instruments and their accessories produced by popular company "Yamaha". The successful cooperation has been established with the internationally recognized maestro Hirofumi Yoshida, who will conduct the performance of the "Madama Butterfly”, dedicated to the memory of the victims of the tragedy in Japan. He made his debut at the LNO last January, conducting Verdi’s "La Traviata" and was welcomed warmly. A few months later—in May of 2010—maestro conducted the "Madama Butterfly" at the LNO for the first time. The performance was also significant because of the two quest singers from Japan – Ms. Miwa Asakura in the role of Suzuki and Mr. Munenaga Terada in the role of Goro. This performance was also special because of the historic costumes not only on the stage but in the Main Hall of the Opera House as well – the performance was watched by over 60 models wearing historical kimonos," says Andrejs Žagars, the director of the LNO.

Yoshida will return to Riga to supervise the production of the “Madama Butterfly” at the Riga Opera Festival on June 10. Furthermore, on the next season LNO has planned to schedule several Japanese quest soloists at the LNO production of the Puccini’s “Turandot”. 

Japanese people also had the chance to catch the glimpse of the LNO: the costumes and set created by the LNO’s designers for the production of the Eifman’s “Anna Karenina” was rented to the New National Theater Tokyo.  Soon Japan will see the set and costumes created for the LNO production of “Carmen” by G.Bizzet.  Also, the negotiations continue as regards the possible LNO tour to Japan in October 2012.

So far, Japan has always supported Latvia. Today Japan is facing unimaginable tragedies, and it is time to show our gratitude. LNO calls out to everyone: don’t be indifferent! You can't help everyone, but you can help someone! To support the victims of the earthquake, make the donation to the Embassy of Japan in Latvia:

Bank Name: SEB Bank

Branch of the Bank: Ziemelu filiale
Account number: 0050 0168 3412 LV60UNLA 1
Recipient Name: Embassy of Japan