World Premiere of Eriks Ešenvalds’ opera ‘The Immured’ on May 19

The world premiere of Eriks Ešenvalds’ and Inese Zandere’s opera ‘The Immured’ will take place at the Latvian National Opera on May 19.

Musical Director of the new production is Māris Sirmais, conductor – Kaspars Ādamsons, stage director Laura Groza-Ķibere, set designer Andris Freibergs, costume designer Kristīne Pasternaka, video artist -8, light designer Yevgeni Vinogradov, choreographer Liene Grava.

Cast of the new production include Inga Šļubovska-Kancēviča, Elīna Šimkus, Laura Grecka, Ieva Parša, Raimonds Bramanis,  Mihails Čuļpajevs, Jānis Apeinis, Rihards Millers, Kristīne Gailīte, Laura Teivāne, Armands Siliņš, and Rihards Mačanovskis.

Ēriks Ēšenvalds’ “The Immured” is an opera about the construction of a library, and the sacrifices without which nothing great can ever be created. It’s a modern-day legend, whose sources are found in the folklore of various European cultures, as well as in modern Latvian society. The heroes of this tale are artists and masons, librarians and politicians, their love and betrayal, faith and responsibilities.

The opera is based on an idea and original libretto written by Inese Zandere as a poem; Zandere wrote it in honour of and as an ode to poet Knuts Skujenieks, who has also rendered numerous European folktales into Latvian.

Next performances on May 20 and 21.