‘I want to make people weep: therein lies everything’ Puccini wrote in 1912. Here are The Opera Platform’s five arias to cry for, all recorded during the Latvian National Opera’s Viva Puccini Gala performed in Riga June 2015.
Latvian National Opera & Ballet
The Latvian National Opera & Ballet (LNO) Company was founded in 1919. The LNO occupies a stately neo-classical style building in Riga, originally constructed as the Riga German Theatre in 1863. The Latvian National Opera & Ballet House is home to both the Latvian National Opera and the Latvian National Ballet. In the course of a season that runs from September to June the LNO performs more than 200 performances, staging on average six new productions every season of both opera and ballet. Every year, the end of the Latvian National Opera & Ballet’s performance season is marked by the Riga Opera Festival which was founded in 1998 as the first festival of its size and scale in Eastern Europe.
Latvian National Opera
The Latvian National Opera & Ballet stage regularly resounds with successful productions of classical operas and ballets, modern ballet and operatic 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. The Latvian National Opera & Ballet is a place where talent is born – popular soloists like Elīna Garanča, Kristine Opolais, Marina Rebeka, Aleksandrs Antoņenko, Egils Silins and the outstanding conductor Andris Nelsons started their careers at the Riga opera house.