Riga

Riga

The City Where Epochs Meet

Founded in 1201, Riga is an important cultural centre and a popular tourist destination in the Baltic. The capital of Latvia successfully blends thriving modern infrastructure and rich historical heritage. This is a city for time-surfers, where one may enjoy the majestic Gothic cathedrals, the rigorous lines of medieval structures, the unique charm of Art Nouveau and the mysterious beauty of modern architecture.

Riga is currently widely regarded as one of the established clusters of European culture. The theatres and exhibition halls of the city are never idle and internationally renowned stars regularly visit Riga on their tours. Riga has a unique popularity among connoisseurs of classical music, opera and ballet. At different times, Riga has been the home for Richard Wagner and Alfrēds Kalniņš, for Māris Rūdolfs Liepa and Mikhail Baryshnikov, for the modern stars of world opera Elīna Garanča and Inese Galante and for the great conductors Mariss Jansons and Andris Nelsons.

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The Latvian National Opera and Ballet

If Riga is called a cultural capital of the Baltic, then the Latvian National Opera and Ballet is an undisputed centre of culture in Riga. More than 200 performances are held annually in the building erected in 1863 by Ludwig Bohnstedt, a famous German architect.

Until the early 1920s, the theatre was called ‘The German Theatre’. Most of the stage performances were in German.  However, not only Wagner and Beethoven could be heard in the theatre, but also the masterpieces of French composers, such as Aubert and Gounod and the Russian classics, such as Mikhail Glinka, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Anton Rubinstein.

In the 1920s and 1930s, the National Opera was toured by Feodor Chaliapin, Kipras Petrauskas and Toti Dal Monte; the ballet enthusiasts of that time could enjoy the dancing of the unforgettable Tamara Karsavina and Mikhail Fokin.

The fame of the Latvian Opera and Ballet went worldwide owing to such names as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alexander Godunov, Māris Rūdolfs Liepa and Elīna Garanča, Kristīne Opolais and Maija Kovalevska.

The Latvian National Opera and Ballet is a venue that welcomes tours by the world’s best theatres; the artists of the legendary La Scala, the Bolshoi Theatre, New York City Ballet and Grand Opera appear at its stage. The troupes of the Latvian National Opera and Latvian National Ballet present about five new stage performances each year.

Official Website of Latvian Opera and Ballet: opera.lv

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