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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Latvia

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CēsisThe Ring of Zemgale Cinema concert “In the Tides of History”

The Ring of Zemgale Cinema concert “In the Tides of History”
Sigvards Kļava; Latvian Radio Choir; Latvian Radio Big Band; Inese Zandere; Roberts Rubīns

RigaThree Musketeers

Three Musketeers
Three Musketeers
Latvian National Ballet; Latvian National Opera Orchestra

RēzekneThe Ring of Zemgale Cinema concert “In the Tides of History”

The Ring of Zemgale Cinema concert “In the Tides of History”
Sigvards Kļava; Latvian Radio Choir; Latvian Radio Big Band; Inese Zandere; Roberts Rubīns

RigaDon Pasquale

Don Pasquale
Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Mārtiņš Ozoliņš; Latvian National Opera; Francesco Esposito; Rihards Mačanovskis; Krišjānis Norvelis
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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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Exhilarating operatic talent at the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition

Georgios Alexandros Stavrakakis, Sungho Kim and Pavel Petrov © Dzintari Concert Hall Jūrmala
A wonderful showcase of operatic voices at the 37th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Latvia. 

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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Las Palmas de Gran CanariaOrquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria

Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria
Ešenvalds, Mozart, Haydn, Tchaikovsky
Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria; Karel Mark Chichon; Albrecht Mayer

LondonIndependent Opera Scholars' Recital 2018

© Benjamin Ealovega
Mozart, Schubert, Schumann C., Schumann, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Rossini, Britten, Nystroem, Rangström, Ešenvalds, Arensky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky
Claire Lees; Michael Mofidian; Ida Ränzlöv; Svetlina Stoyanova

RigaAntonija #SilmačiNew Production

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

RigaThe Rose of Turaida

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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Kazuki Yamada rocks Symphony Hall

Kazuki Yamada © Marco Borggreve
Principal Guest Conductor Kazuki Yamada teases brilliant French sounds from the CBSO.
****1
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Nelsons’ manicured Mahler a slow burn with the Gewandhaus

Andris Nelsons © Southbank Centre | Mark Allan
After the UK première of Andris Dzenītis’ Māra and some Tchaikovsky operatic excerpts, the Gewandhaus returned to Mahler. 
***11
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Mahler power, trumpet power: Nelsons and Hardenberger

Andris Nelsons conducts the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester © Southbank Centre | Mark Allan
The new Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester leads a passionate rendering of Mahler 5, while Håkan Hardenberger gives a masterclass in trumpet colour.
****1
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Netrebko triumphs as Aida at The Met

Anna Netrebko (Aida) and Anita Rachvelishvili (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Netrebko met the audience’s high expectations, as she does every time, conquering the challenges with her remarkable artistry. 
*****
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