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The Latvian National Opera and Ballet

Riga's White House, the Latvian National Opera and Ballet, on Aspazijas bulvāris was opened in 1923. An average of 6 new productions are presented each year, retaining balance between opera and ballet. In total, the opera sees over 200 performances and several symphonic and chamber music concerts each season.

The very beginning of opera performances in Latvia can be traced back to the 18th century when the first musical shows were staged in the Duchy of Courland and the first travelling opera troupes appeared in Riga. In 1782, Town German Theatre was opened where drama theatre, opera and ballet performances were held, and the famous German composer Richard Wagner worked there for a few years.

The origin of Latvian opera dates back to 1912, with the establishment of Latvian opera under Pāvuls Jurjāns; however, the Latvian National Opera troupe first performed Richard Wagner's “The Flying Dutchman” in the present Opera House on 23 Jan 1919.

In the 1990s, the opera house underwent large-scale reconstruction and restoration of the interior, highlighting the original decorations and matching the new interior to them. The construction was completed in 2001, when the new complex building for technical and creative staff and the New Hall with 300 seats for wide range art projects were both finished.
Distance from the hotel: 3.1 km