Orchestra “Rīga” invites to the Riga City Festival’s concert “A Summer Night’s Dream”


Orchestra “Rīga” and its artistic director Valdis Butāns invite to listen to Johann Strauss’ compositions and romantic opera music at the Riga City Festival’s Opening Concert “A Summer Night’s Dream” in Vērmanes Garden Park on August 18 at 20.00.

Riga City Festival this year is dedicated to a historical event – 200 years since the creation of the first public park in Riga in 1817, when the widow of Riga’s city foreman K. H. Vērmanis - Anna Ģertrūde Vērmane created a public garden on her private land and gifted it to the city of Riga in her will. The concept of the Opening Concert “A Summer Night’s Dream” was created particularly for the Vērmanes Garden Park stage, offering a programme with music that was played in Riga in the first half of the 19th century.

In the concert “A Summer Night’s Dream” along with Johann Strauss’ waltzes and polkas will be played several fragments from operetta “The Bat” and the vocal waltz “Voices of Spring” with coloratura soprano Dināra Rudāne. Also included in the programme are fragments from Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “The Elixir of Love”, in which will shine the voices of our opera soloists Inga Šļubovska-Kancēviča, Rihards Mačanovskis and Andris Ludvigs, as well as compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi and Felix Mendelssohn. A. Ludvigs will bring joy with hits from tenor repertoire, including Cavaradossi’s and Calaf’s arias from Giacomo Puccini’s operas. R. Mačanovskis will sing the famous Basilio’s aria from Giacomo Rossini’s opera “The Barber of Seville” and Volfram’s romance from Richard Wagner’s opera “Tannhäuser”, and Orchestra “Rīga” will play the overture composed in 1837 in Riga by R. Wagner for his opera “Rienzi”. The concert will be hosted by music journalist Liene Jakovļeva and actor Juris Jope.

On August 15 Orchestra “Rīga” conducted by Valdis Butāns will perform in Riga Dome Cathedral. In this event will participate the charming singer Sonora Vaice and the organist Diāna Jaunzeme-Portnaja with Claude Debussy’s prelude “Afternoon of a Faun”, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for organ, Rusalka’s aria from Antonín Dvořák’s opera “Rusalka” and other musical works by A. Dvořák, C. Debussy and J.S. Bach.