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Latvian composers to dominate LNO in 2014

Mariss Jansons.
 Making a significant contribution to the multitude of events in 2014, when Riga will bear the title of European Capital of Culture, will be the Latvian National Opera (LNO). It has a number of intriguing projects planned highlighting works by Latvian composers.

Getting things under way in January 2014 will be a composer associated with Riga – Richard Wagner, and his first opera (written in Riga) - “Rienzi”, in a multi-media mounting by Danish director Kirsten Dehlholm.

"Šahs", an original opera by the young composer Kristaps Pētersons (to premiere in March) focuses on the so-called “Wizard of Riga”, the famous chess player Mihails Tāls, and, specifically, on the drama of the 1960 World Championship in Moscow. Glittering young talent make up the creative team: conductor Ainārs Rubiķis, London-based Latvian choreographer Kirils Burlovs, director - Viesturs Meikšāns, scenic designer - Reinis Suhanovs, and video artist Carlos Franklin (France).

Composer Artūrs Maskats and his director Viesturs Kairišs in tandem with poet Liāna Langa are working on a new opera about a living legend on the cultural scene in Latvia – cinema historian and educator, movie critic Valentīna Freimane, and the trials and tribulation in her family life from 1939 to 1944. Riga itself will play a key role in the production, simply titled “Valentīna”.

In addition in 2014, the music of Pēteris Vasks, Rihards Dubra and Georgs Pelēcis has inspired three choreographers to create new one-act ballets – Demis Volpe, Mario Radachovsky and Tim Rushton.

The LNO’s special concert series for 2014 - "Born in Riga", will welcome home world famous conductor Mariss Jansons (in November), among other luminaries.

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