OPERA

 

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LATVIA

 

 

The Latvian National Opera House is home to both the Latvian National Opera (LNO) and the Latvian National Ballet (LNB). In the course of a season that runs from September to June, the LNO performs approximately 200 performances, staging on average five new productions every season of both opera and ballet. While paying tribute to the traditional values of the classical and Romantic operas and ballets that are the cornerstones of its repertoire, the LNO continually strives to seek contemporary forms of expression. Under the leadership of General Director Andrejs Žagars, the LNO stage regularly resounds with successful productions of Baroque operas, modern operatic and ballet masterpieces, children's performances, and original Latvian works. The LNO is open to the world: the company has an active touring schedule with many superb guest singers, conductors, choreographers and directors frequently gracing the LNO stage. In recent seasons, the LNO has been touring to the Hong Kong Festival, the Bordeaux Opera, the Catania Opera, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Luxembourg Opera, the Dalhalla Festival in Sweden, to Mexico.

 

Today, the Latvian National Ballet’s repertoire is founded on the pearls of classical ballet – like Giselle, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire – as well as classic productions by contemporary choreographers that have become audience favorites, such as Romeo and Juliet, Coppélia, The Fountain of Bakhchisaray, and The Bright Stream. The legendary choreographer Boris Eifman complex and refined ballet Anna Karenina and the Argentinean choreographer Mauricio Wainrot’s Tango Plus/Voyages enrich the repertoire with elements of modern dance and show our dancers’ adeptness in contemporary ballet. Occasionally the repertoire includes production written by modern-day composers – both original ballets (such as Juris Karlsons’s Sidraba šķidrauts (The Silver Veil) and Arturs Maskats’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and dance performances inspired by specific musical works (like Pēteris Vasks’s piano quartet/ballet Skaidri neredzams (Apparently Unseen) and Arturs Maskats Tango).

 

Prices start at about 7 EUR up about 40 EUR for the very best seats.

 

 

ESTONIA

 

 

The Jugend-classicistic theatre building designed by Finnish architects Armas Lindgren and Wivi Lönn was the largest building in the early 20th century Tallinn. One side of the two-wing building was intended for a theatre and the other for a concert hall. This is so also today. Between the magnificent flanks was a lower part which housed a restaurant (the White Hall) and a cloistered inner court which gave colour to the building. The theatre and concert building was inaugurated on 24 August 1913. Sculptor August Weizenberg donated to the new theatre two of his most stunning marble sculptures, "Koit" (Dawn) and "Hämarik" (Dusk) which decorated the Red Hall of the theatre.

 

Very different talented dancers have been active at the Estonian National Opera over different periods of time, incl. Klaudia Maldutis, Juta Arg, Erika Määrits, Veera Leever, Geeni Raudsepp, Inge Põder, Artur Koit, Boris Blinov, Uno Puusaag, Verner Hagus, Helmi Puur, Eike Joasoo, Ülle Ulla, Ilmar Silla, Verner Loo, Väino Aren, Ago-Endrik Kerge, Aime Leis, Tiiu Randviir, Juta Lehiste, Tamara Soone, Larissa Kaur, Jüri Lass, Tiit Härm, Vjatšeslav Maimussov, Jānis Garancis, Jevgeni Neff, Aleksandr Basihhin, Elita Erkina, Irina Fomina-Härm, Inge Arro, Saima Kranig, Olga Tšitšerova, Tatjana Laid, Kaie Kõrb, Tatjana Voronina, Larissa Sintsova, Juri Jekimov, Viesturs Jansons, Meelis Pakri, Toomas Rätsep, Inna Sõrmus, Age Oks, Toomas Edur, Igor Vassin, Stanislav Jermakov, Priit Kripson, Linnar Looris, Viktor Fedortšenko, Eve Andre, Marina Chirkova, Marika Muiste, Galina Lauš, Luana Georg, Heidi Kopti, Olga Rjabikova, Olga Malinovskaja, Vladimir Arhangelski, Anatoli Arhangelski, Sergei Upkin, Aleksandr Prigorovski, Maksim Tšukarjov, Artjom Maksakov, etc. Over the past ten years, young talented choreographers Marina Kesler and Oksana Titova have stood out. Their works have also been internationally recognized.

 

Prices start at about 7 EUR up about 40 EUR for the very best seats.

 

LITHUANIA

 

 

Opera in Lithuania goes back to the early 17th century. In 36 years after the genre had originated in Florence, an opera, Il ratto di Helena, written by an anonymous composer and set to a libretto by the then famous Italian librettist and musician, Virgilio Puccitelli, was first performed in Lithuania on 4 September 1636, at the court theatre of the grand duke in the Lower Castle in Vilnius.

 

From the second half of the 18th century to the early 19th century music and the arts, including opera and ballet, were taken under the patronage of influential noblemen from the stocks of Oginskis, Radvila, Tyzenhauzas, and others, who also held companies in their country mansions and city residencies.

In 1785 first public city theatres were opened in Vilnius and Klaipeda. From 1795 to the early 20th century Lithuania was under the domination of foreign powers - first, Poland and Germany, then Russia - which led to severe oppression of Lithuanian national culture. At that time Lithuanian theatres were run by Polish, German, Italian and Russian companies.

 

After the ban on Lithuanian press was lifted in 1904, the first Lithuanian opera Birute, co-authored by composer Mikas Petrauskas and playwright Gabrielius Lansbergis-Zemkalnis, was staged in Vilnius in 1906.

 

In 1918 Lithuania was proclaimed an independent state. However, Vilnius and its surrounding region were soon annexed to Poland. Thus Kaunas became Lithuania's provisional capital where the foremost energies of Lithuanian art, culture and sciences were consolidated for more than two decades. It was in Kaunas where the nation's first musical theatre - the Opera and Drama Playhouse - opened in 1920. With the addition of a resident ballet company in 1925, this theatre formed the basis for an institution presently known as the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre - an all-time largest and most influential establishment promoting opera and ballet in Lithuania.

 

Prices start at about 7 EUR up about 40 EUR for the very best seats.

 

 

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