Riga Opera festival 2019. (June 5-16, 2019)
June 05 Wed 19:00 L’INCANTESIMO. PAGLIACCI
June 06 Thu 19:00 DON PASQUALE
June 07 Fri 19:00 DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES
June 08 Sat 19:00 DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER
June 12 Wed 19:00 DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER
June 13 Thu 19:00 DON PASQUALE
June 14 Fri 19:00 L’INCANTESIMO. PAGLIACCI
June 15 Sat 19:00 DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES
June 16 Sun 19:00 GALA CONCERT
Opera by Italo Montemezzi, Ruggero Leoncavallo
Music Director and Conductor Jānis Liepiņš
Conductor Normunds Vaicis
Stage Director Aik Karapetian
Set and Lighting Designer A.J. Weissbard
Costume Designer Kristīne Pasternaka
Video Artist Artis Dzērve
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, which is another 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.
Opera by Gaetano Donizetti
Music Director and Conductor Mārtiņš Ozoliņš
Stage Director and Set Designer Giorgio Corsetti
Set and Costume Designer Francesco Esposito
Video Lorenzo Bruno, Igor Renzetti, Alessandra Solimene
Light Designer Mārtiņš Feldmanis
Don Pasquale, the comic opera of the bel canto genius Gaetano Donizetti, tells a story of an elderly bachelor, who is befooled by his doctor, doctor’s sister – a young and beautiful widow, and the bachelor’s lovesick nephew who marries the widow in the end. In the tradition of opera buffa, the opera makes reference to the stock characters of the commedia dell’arte: Pasquale is recognizable as blustery Pantalone, Ernesto as the lovesick Pierrot, Malatesta as the scheming Scapino, and Norina as a wily Columbina.
Opera by Francis Poulenc
Stage Director Vincent Boussard
Set Designer Vincent Lemaire
Costume Designer Clara Peluffo Valentini
Lighting Designer Nicolas Gilli
Francis Poulenc’s fervently written opera Dialogues of the Carmelites (1956) tells the tale of sixteen Carmelite nuns who were brutally guillotined during the French Revolution in 1794. The story of the Martyrs of Compi.gne was popularised in the beginning of the 20th century thanks to the German writer Gertrud von Le Fort’s novel Song at the Scaffold (Die Letzte am Schafott). The novice Blanche, a scared and frail teenage girl, became the fictional heroine of the novel, and later also of Poulenc’s opera. Blanche’s fate forced her to stare into the eyes of a terrifying and hopeless world, and to try and find a way out of the trap created by her own fears.
Opera by Richard Wagner
Music Director and Conductor Mārtiņš Ozoliņš
Conductors Jānis Liepiņš, Normunds Vaicis
Stage Director Viestur Kairish
Set Designer Reinis Dzudzilo
Costume Designer Krista Dzudzilo
Choreographer Elīna Lutce
Lighting Designer Oskars Pauliņš
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!