Photo: Jānis Deinats

The Latvian National Opera and Ballet invite you to enjoy the traditional year-end holiday performances – the operetta by Johann Strauss ‘Die Fledermaus’ (as of December 13), Peter Tchaikovsky’s ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ (as of December 20), and the ‘New Year Gala at the Opera’ (as of December 27).

This year has been rich in surprises and challenges. There have been times when plans have exceeded our capabilities, but we respect the holiday traditions at the opera and intend to continue even in extraordinary circumstances. The much-anticipated and popular holiday performances, the operetta ‘Die Fledermaus’, ballet ‘The Nutcracker’, and the ‘New Year Gala at the Opera’ we will offer online at

The tickets will be a nice holiday season gift to yourselves as well as your family, friends, and colleagues,” says Egils Siliņš, Chairman of the Board of the Latvian National Opera and Ballet.  

The holiday season will begin with Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, which will be available to view from December 13 till December 27.

Photo: Jānis Deinats

It is the story of an opulent and intoxicating world where glamor, merriment, flirtation, intrigue, and misunderstandings reign. At a ball thrown by Count Orlofsky, the rich Gabriel von Eisenstein falls for a charming stranger, without realizing that it is his own wife Rosalinde behind the mask. Audiences will be offered a chance to view the premiere of Die Fledermaus with subtitles in Latvian. The production is the work of conductor Jānis Liepiņš and theater director Edmunds Freibergs. The principal roles will be sung by Margarita Vilsone, Jānis Apeinis, Inga Šļubovska-Kancēviča, and Raimonds Bramanis.

Die Fledermaus

From December 20 till January 3 holiday spirit will be spread by the children’s favorite, Peter Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker. 

Attending its performance is an annual Christmas tradition with many families. Audiences will enjoy a new recording, made in December, with Jūlija Brauere and Kārlis Cīrulis as principals. Tchaikovsky composed this fairy tale ballet in the late 19th century, inspired by E. T. A. Hoffmann’s fairy tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.  The storyline in the Latvian National Ballet’s production is developed against the background of 19th century Riga. On Christmas Eve, little Maria receives a Nutcracker doll as a Christmas present. Toys under the Christmas tree come to life and exciting adventures begin: an army of mice invade the room, the Nutcracker turns into a prince, frees Maria from the mice an takes her to the fairy tale land.  The choreographer of the production is Aivars Leimanis, with Mārtiņš Ozoliņš conducting. Performance was recorded with the support of State Culture Capital Foundation.

The Nutcracker

From December 27 to January 10, audiences will be invited to view the effervescent New Year Gala at the Opera.

In view of the extraordinary circumstances of this year, the concert platform will be the entire hall of the Latvian National Opera: the performers will appear where the audience usually sits. The holiday atmosphere will be conjured by soloists of the Latvian National Opera Inga Šļubovska-Kancēviča, Jūlija Vasiļjeva, Raimonds Bramanis, Mihails Čuļpajevs, Egils Siliņš and the LNO orchestra under the baton of Mārtiņš Ozoliņš, performing highlights of different operas and operettas. The concert will feature music by Gioachino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti, Luigi Arditti, Stanislao Gastaldona, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Ferenc Lehár, Johann Strauss, and Carl Millöcker.  

TICKETS are available as of December 6. The price of a single event is EUR 7; all three can be viewed for EUR 15. In the time frame set in the viewer’s profile, each recording will be available an unlimited number of times.

Companies who wish to delight their employees and/or business partners with tickets to these online events, are kindly asked to contact the ticket administrators by e-mail or phone +371 67073777.

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