The World Premiere of "The Heiress of Vilkači"

The world premiere of Latvian composer’s Bruno Skulte opera The Heiress of Vilkači will take place at the Latvian National Opera on June 3.

Bruno Skulte wrote the vocal score after he fled Latvia from the Soviets, in the late 1940s in Germany, before he emigrated to New York. The rich, tuneful music reflects influences of Wagner, Dvořák, and Smetana, subtly combined with elements of Latvian folk music. However, the Heiress was never performed during Skulte's lifetime. It was orchestrated in by Andrejs Jansons, who also conducted the first-ever concert performance of the piece in 2005. The LNO premiere will be the first staged production of this opera.

“A super-romantic opera, flavoured with East European exoticisms, like an updated, well-orchestrated Moussorgsky! There are big tunes, plenty of chorus, plenty of sweeping, rapturous emotions,” wrote American Record Guide about the CD-recording of Skulte’sThe Heiress of Vilkači.

Cast of the new production includes Latvian National Opera soloists: Dana Bramane or Ance Purmale (Maruta), Raimonds Bramanis or Andris Ludvigs (Raitis), Armands Siliņš or Krišjānis Norvelis (Dievlodziņš). The conductor of the production – Andrejs Jansons. The Stage Director of The Heiress of Vilkači is Ināra Slucka, Set and Costume Designer – Ieva Jurjāne.

The Heiress of Vilkači is performed in Latvian with English surtitles.

Further performances - on June 4 and 15.