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Latvian National Opera & Ballet (Latvijas Nacionālā opera un balets)

This spectacular edifice sandwiched between Old Riga and the Riga canal was erected in 1863, but was largely destroyed by a gas leak, which resulted in a devastating fire in 1882. Thankfully, the building was restored to architect Ludwig Bohnstedt’s original design and reopened five years later, but this time with a state-of-the-art technology called electricity. The new opera included the city’s very first electric power station, whose tall smoke stack is still visible today.

The building and its unmistakable ionic columns were completely refurbished once again in the early 1990s and a new annex with 300 seats was added in 2001. You can take a public tour of the building in English once a month for €8 (see website for exact dates) or arrange a 45-minute group tour (minimum 10 people) at tel. (+371) 25 63 58 33 or education@opera.lv, but we recommend you simply take in a world-class ballet or opera performance here to fully experience its magnificence. The opera is also surrounded by beautiful gardens that include a fountain with a bronze statue.

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Events at this venue

Thursday Feb 22 2018Coppélia Friday Feb 23 2018Scheherezade and Her Tales Saturday Feb 24 2018The Sound of Music Saturday Feb 24 2018 [...] Nabucco Sunday Feb 25 2018 [...] Karlsson Flies... Tuesday Feb 27 2018The Goblin Wednesday Feb 28 2018Gala concert of the Estonian National Opera and Ballet Friday Mar 2 2018Giselle Saturday Mar 3 2018The Rose of Turaida Sunday Mar 4 2018Don Juan Thursday Mar 8 2018Faust Saturday Mar 10 2018The Rake's Progress Saturday Mar 10 2018The Little Magic Flute Sunday Mar 11 2018Le Corsaire Monday Mar 12 2018Baltic Ballet Festival. Festival Gala Concert Wednesday Mar 14 2018The Immured Thursday Mar 15 2018The Blue Danube Friday Mar 16 2018Carmen Saturday Mar 17 2018Swan Lake Saturday Mar 17 2018Opercussion Sunday Mar 18 2018The Birds' Opera Sunday Mar 18 2018Baltic Ballet Festival. German National Youth Ballet Wednesday Mar 21 2018Peer Gynt Thursday Mar 22 2018Eugene Onegin Friday Mar 23 2018Don Quixote Saturday Mar 24 2018Madame Butterfly Saturday Mar 24 2018A Romantic Afternoon with Trio Opera Wednesday Mar 28 2018La Bayadère Thursday Mar 29 2018Manon Lescaut featuring L. Monastyrska and A. Antoņenko

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