Latvian National Opera
Enjoy true Latvian heritage at the Latvian National Opera. Since officially opening its doors in 1912, the opera house has showcased a wide variety of operatic masterpieces new and old, and is also home to the Latvian National Ballet, Latvian National Opera Chorus and Latvian National Opera Orchestra.
Today's programme comprises classical and romantic operas and ballets, while also embracing contemporary forms of expression - with modern opera, children's performances and original Latvian works.
During the season, which runs from September to June, over 200 performances can be seen, and are accompanied by educational events, talks and tours.
History of the Latvian National Opera
In 1893 the German-speaking Riga Deutsches Theatre put on Jēkabs Ozols' "Spoku stunda" or "The Ghostly Hour", a Latvian production and the first attempt to create a national opera.
The Latvian opera was founded in 1912 by Pāvuls Jurjāns, only for the troupe to be quickly evacuated to Russia following the outbreak of WW1. The Latvian National Opera was restarted by Jāzeps Vītols, founder of the Latvian Academy of Music, and on 23rd of January 1918 the troupe gave their debut performance of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer.
The building itself was constructed by Ludwig Bohnstedt in 1863, and was reconstructed in 1882 following a fire. In 2001 a modern annex was added, faithful to the original design, and added a new 300-seat hall for performances.
Visiting the Latvian National Opera
Only 5 minutes' walk from the hotel and close to Riga Central Market, you will find the opera house in a prominent location in the city near the canal.
Taking a stroll from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Riga has much to offer, and you can call ahead to the opera house to arrange for champagne and hors d'oevres upon arrival.