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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Riga

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RigaDon JuanNew Production

Don Juan
Gluck: Don Juan
Julio Arozarena; Latvian National Ballet; Mārtiņš Ozoliņš; Marko Japelj; Alan Hranitelj; Latvian National Opera Orchestra

RigaDon Pasquale

Don Pasquale
Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Mārtiņš Ozoliņš; Latvian National Opera; Francesco Esposito; Rihards Mačanovskis; Krišjānis Norvelis

RigaAntonija #SilmačiNew Production

Antonija #Silmači
Karlsons: Antonija #Silmači
Aivars Leimanis; Latvian National Ballet; Jānis Liepiņš; Mārtiņš Ozoliņš; Mārtiņš Vilkārsis; Anna Heinrihsone

RigaCarmen

Carmen
Bizet: Carmen
Jānis Liepiņš; Marija-Eva Sinjerola; Latvian National Opera; Fabjēns Tenjē; Yashi; Ramona Zaharia; Marie Karall
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Vestard Shimkus delivers exhilarating Dreamscapes

Vestard Shimkus © Ars Produktion
Composer-pianist, Vestards Shimkus gives a compelling rendition of his imaginative 9 etudes Dreamscapes, while his Bach-Busoni 9 Chorale Preludes offers more mixed results. 
****1
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An inspiring, faith-filled concert in Riga

Sigvards Kļava © Riga Festival
The Latvian Radio Choir, coupled with the Sinfonietta Rīga Orchestra under the conductor Sigvards Kļava give an ethereal rendition of four contemporary Latvian composers in Riga Cathedral.
****1
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A meticulous musical makeover in Riga

Elīna Šimkus (Dido) and Anna Chierichetti (Belinda) © Emanuele Pucciarelli
Almost all the singers, orchestra and conductor were Italian, but it was local soprano Elīna Šimkus and the Latvian Radio Choir who sang Purcell’s magnum opus as if to the English manner born.
***11
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Resplendent in Gregorian chant and the Eton Choir Book

Latvian Radio Choir © Matiss Markovskis
In the tiny Baltic state of Latvia, music loving locals are hell-bent on going for Baroque.
****1
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