The three-day XXII International Sigulda Opera Festival will take place from August 1 to 3 in the historical ruins of Sigulda Castle.
The special charm of the event is created by the fact that opera productions and concerts will be held on the open-air stage that is situated in the middle of the well-preserved medieval architectural monument, with a spectacular natural backdrop.
The festival’s opening concert on August 1 at 19.00, called "From Latvian to World Classics" will take place at the New Sigulda Castle Garden, and will feature musical performances by pianist Gints Bērziņš, violinist Raimonds Ozols and clarinetist Mārtiņš Circenis, as well as performances by the sought-after Latvian vocalists Kalvis Kalniņš and Jolanta Strikaite, as well as special guest from Mexico Liene Camarena.
The next day August 2 at 15.00, there will be a special concert for families with children, featuring puppet performances. In the evening at 21.00, an original open-air performance of Georges Bizet’s opera "Carmen" will take place.The main role of "Carmen" will be performed by French mezzo-soprano Clementine Margaine, the role of "Don Jose" will be performed by French opera singer Phillipe Do, "Escamillo" will be performed by Pierre Yves Pruvot (France), while the role of "Micaela" will be performed by Latvia’s own opera star Maija Kovaļevska. Supporting roles: Viktorija Vatutina, Kristine Gailite, Olga Jakovleva, Juris Adamsons, Andris Lapins, Krisjanis Norvelis, Kalvis Kalnins. Directed by Edmunds Freibergs. Conductor: Vladimir Kiradjiev. Latvian National Symphony orchestra and festival choir.
As in previous years, the final day of the Sigulda Opera Festivalon August 3 will be opened by a spiritual music concert at the Sigulda Evangelical Lutheran Church in the afternoon at 13.00. The festival’s gala concert will take place in the evening at Sigulda Castle at 17.00, which will feature Argentinean super-star Marcelo Alvarez (tenor). Gala concert spectators will also hear baritone Vittorio Vitelli (Italy), Iano Tamar (Georgia), Philippe Do (France), Krišjānis Norvelis, Olga Jakovļeva and many others. Music will be conducted by Vladimir Kiradjiev and performed by the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and the festival choir.