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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Riga

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Gounod: Faust
Tadeusz Wojciechowski; Kristaps Skulte; Kristīne Pasternaka

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The Rose of Turaida
Liepiņš: The Rose of Turaida
Mārtiņš Ozoliņš; Latvian National Opera; Mārtiņš Vilkārsis; Jolanta Rimkute; Laura Teivāne; Marlēna Keine

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La traviata
Verdi: La traviata
Latvian National Opera; Andris Freibergs; Kristīne Pasternaka; Viktorija Miškūnaitė; Sonora Vaice

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Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Ainārs Rubiķis; Rēzija Kalniņa; Latvian National Opera; Mihails Kramenko; Inese Ozola; Maija Kovalevska; Dana Bramane
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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.
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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.
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Baroque rarities rapturously received in Riga

Elīna Šimkus and Christian Frattima © Jānis Porietis
Local soprano Elīna Šimkus was a fascinating combination of Farinelli and Emma Kirkby.
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Piazzolla and premières: Argentina meets Latvia

Art-i-Shock © David Karlin
Piano, cello and marimba prove a tricky combination for Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, in a concert which interleaved them with newly written pieces by Latvian composers.
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