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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Latvia

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CēsisThe Ring of Vidzeme. Musical exhibition “The Mountain will arise”

The Ring of Vidzeme. Musical exhibition “The Mountain will arise”
Latvian Radio Choir; Daumants Kalniņš; Kaspars Zemītis; Artūrs Noviks

RigaDon JuanNew Production

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

RigaMozart and Polish classics

Mozart, Karlowicz, Baird, Lutosławski
Sinfonietta Rīga; Zbigniew Graca; Jarosław Bręk

RigaTurandotNew Production

Turandot
Puccini: Turandot
Gintaras Rinkevicius; Latvian National Opera; Juris Salmanis; Kristīne Pasternaka; Sandra Janusaite; George Oniani
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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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Sidorova seduces and astounds as Carmen

Roberto Koch and Ksenija Sidorova © Kaspars Balamovskis
For those more familiar with grim-faced matronly Salvation Army accordion players, voluptuous virtuoso Ksenija Sidorova certainly breaks the mould.
****1
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Georgian panduris and salamuris in Latvia

Jaba Margvelani playing the gudastviri © Kaspars Balamovskis
Georgian ethno-jazz band Egari lifts the roof in Latvia in a highly original genre of traditional music played in contemporary style.
***11
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BergenEdvard Grieg Choir and Voces8

Bach, Grieg, Gjeilo, Ešenvalds
Edvard Grieg Choir; Voces8

RigaAntonija #SilmačiNew Production

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

VallettaSymphonic Dances and Seascapes

Symphonic Dances and Seascapes
Smetana, Pelēcis, Vella, Shor
Armenian State Symphony Orchestra; Sergey Smbatyan; Ray Chen

CēsisPeteris Vasks Festival | Distant Light

Peteris Vasks Festival | Distant Light
Vasks
Sinfonietta Rīga; Juha Kangas
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A Boston Symphony performance marked by Mahler’s shadow

Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve
At Carnegie Hall Jean-Yves Thibaudet successfully brought forward the mercurial character of Bernstein's music, while Andris Nelsons highlighted details in Shostakovich. 
*****
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An all-Wagner program with Kaufmann and Nylund in Boston

Andris Nelsons, Camilla Nylund, Jonas Kaufmann and the Boston Symphony © Hilary Scott
Jonas Kaufmann and Camilla Nylund tackle the roles of Tristan und Isolde for the first time in Andris Nelsons' all-Wagner concert. 
****1
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An irascible Don and a Widmann première in Boston

Yo-Yo Ma, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
The US première of Jörg Widmann's Partita featured alongside Mozart and Strauss in Andris Nelsons' carefully chosen program.
****1
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Berliner Philharmoniker redefine Shake, Rattle & Roll in Baden-Baden

Sir Simon Rattle © Johann Sebastian Hanel
Elīna Garanča brings subtle sonorities to an otherwise bravura and boisterous concert by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.
****1
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