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The glory of the stars in the concerts “Born in Latvia”


Elīna Garanča, Kristīne Opolais, Iveta Apkalna and countless other magical performances are brought to us by the centenary of the Latvian State.

Latvian artists from the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls were all brought together for the first time in 2014, the year Riga was the European Capital of Culture title-holder. Back then, the concert was named “Born in Riga”.

The stars shined so brightly, and the enchanting atmosphere created by the open-air stage in front of the opera house was so rich that even at the time of the first concerts the idea of inviting the stars to perform again seemed self-evident.

2018 is a year of anniversary for Latvia, so “Born in Latvia” is an especially well-awaited and anticipated event in the context of the celebration. There are 3 concerts planned. 

The first concert of the “Born in Latvia” cycle under the name “Vienna Philharmonic and Elīna Garanča” will be performed at the closing of the “Riga Festival” on 20 June, in Dzintari Concert Hall, Jūrmala. The concert visitors will have the opportunity to meet the mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, one of the brightest stars on the horizon of opera music, and the legendary orchestra “Vienna Philharmonic”, a symbol of European classical music, conducted by the charismatic Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare.

Elīna Garanča has a strong, warm voice, and the presence and grace of royalty. The Latvian-born and raised artist is loved by both critics and the audience. 

Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonora Overture Nº3, and Gustav Mahler's songs inspired by the aesthetic of late Romanticism will all be played in the concert.

On 24 July, the second concert of the “Born in Latvia” cycle will take place in Dzintari Concert Hall, Jūrmala. Here, the music will be played by the Latvian Centenary Youth Symphony Orchestra, comprised of the best young musicians of Latvia. They will have the unique opportunity to share the stage with such internationally appraised Latvian-born artists as Kristīne Opolais, the opera singer, Ksenija Sidorova, the accordionist, and Vineta Sareika, the violinist.

The programme of the Latvian Centenary Youth Symphony Orchestra will be prepared in master-classes, rehearsals, and at a summer camp, under the guidance of Ainārs Rubiķis, the outstanding Latvian conductor and the musical director of the Berlin Comic Opera. 

The third concert of the “Born in Latvia” cycle will take place on 28 September, in the Large Guild in Riga. Iveta Apkalna, one of the most active and acclaimed organists in Europe, will share the stage with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Juraj Valcuha, the Slovak conductor.

The programme will feature O. Nikolai, J. Jongen, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Heroic Symphony.