Sunday, 2012 August 12th, 6 PM
Dzintari Concert Hall
The Festival Opening Night
Inessa Galante (soprano)
Inga Kalna (soprano)
Irina Dolzhenko (mezzo, Russia)
Sergejs JÁgers (countertenor)
Vsevolod Grivnov (tenor, Russia)
Vladimir Baykov (bass, Russia)
Latvian National Symphony orchestra
conductors Tadeusz Wojciechowski (Poland) and Andris Veismanis
G.F.Handel Ė excerpts from operas Rinaldo, Xerxes, Alcina etc.
Arias and ensembles from N. Rimsky-Korsakovís The Tsarís Bride and P. Tchaikovskyís The Queen of Spades
Excerpts from G .Donizettiís Maria Stuarda, F.Cileaís Adriana Lecouvreur, G.Verdiís Luisa Miller etc.
Traditionally, European opera stars open the festival. The patroness of the festival Inessa Galante (she was awarded Gold and Platinum discs for the continuing sales of her CDs) performs on the greatest opera stages of Europe and USA. Due to the huge success singing in Germany, Netherlands, at the Paris Opera and the La Scala Inga Kalna is well-known as the exceptional interpreter in the field of the Period music. Irina Dolzhenko is the primadonna of the Bolsnoi Theatre. Undoubtedly, the modern Russiaís opera art may boast with her unique mastery. Sergejs JÁgers has participated as the only counter tenor contestant in the finals of the prestigious vocal competition BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2005 and has achieved significant 6th place among 25 finalists. In 2008 the singer got into semi final at Luciano Pavarottiís Tenor Contest in St Petersburg, Russia. Tenor Vsevolod Grivnov was a soloist with Moscow's Novaya Opera Company, Nice Opera, and with Royal Danish Opera. Since 2001, he has been appearing at the Bolshoi Theatre. Bass Vladimir Baykovís forthcoming engagements include Donner at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam and Vodnik at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. Among engagements 2013 is Bartok's Blue Beard at the Finnish National Opera. The frequent guest in Latvia maestro Tadeusz Wojciechowski is one of the most remarkable Polish conductors. Andris Veismanis is an expert of music of baroque and classicism.