Riga's White House - the Latvian National Opera and Ballet on Aspazijas bulvaris was opened in 1923, an average of six 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 a season.
Latvian National Opera Visit and Tour
1. Guided Tour
Take a Latvian National Opera tour through the unique 19th century architectural pearl. You can take a public tour of the building in English once a month for EUR 8 (see website for exact dates) or arrange a 45-minute group tour (minimum 10 people). A guide will take you through the building, tell about its vibrant history and every-day operations, as well as show what it looks like behind-the-scenes. However, we recommend you simply take in a world-class ballet or opera performance here to fully experience its magnificence.
2. Attend Performances
The Latvian National Opera and Ballet desires to maintain classical and romantic opera and ballet traditions, however, contemporary forms are now also a stable part of the repertory. Each year, about five brand new opera and ballet productions are mounted. The first Riga Opera Festival was held in 1998 and is the first event of such magnitude in Eastern Europe. It has become a much-appreciated tradition for Latvian audiences as well as foreign opera-lovers. The festival caps the Latvian National Opera and Ballet season every summer by presenting the newest productions. You need to purchase Lativan National Opera tickets to see the performances. Check their website to see the schedule.
3. The Festivals
In the summer, opera music fans are invited to attend the Sigulda Opera Festival, which always gathers a strong line-up of opera singers, original productions and concerts performed on the open-air stage in the stunning surroundings of Sigulda Castle's courtyard. You can also purchase a Latvian National Opera ticket for the International Baltic Ballet Festival. It is the brainchild of former principal dancer of the Latvian National Ballet, Lita Beiris. Every spring, Beiris without fail puts together a superb line-up of dance performances, combining classical traditions with contemporary styles.
How to Get Tickets?
Latvian National Opera tickets are available online, and from the opera's ticket desk. Standing-room tickets for the gallery of the second balcony may be purchased one hour before the beginning of each performance at the evening box office in the historical building of the opera. You can also get your tickets at The LNO box office (Aspazijas blvd. 3, Riga) and 'Bilešu paradize' trade spots. There is no admittance for pre - school aged children to adult matinee performances or evening performances.Children three years of age and up are welcome to attend family - friendly performances in the Great Hall and educational programmes in the New Hall.
How To Get Around?
Latvian National Opera tour is done by walking. The guide will take you to see all parts of the building when there is no performance. The building is also located in the city center, makes it easy for you to stroll around to see other attractions.
What Should I Wear?
If you plan to take the guided tour, you can wear anything you want. But if you plan to see the performance/festival, we recommend dressing up. The etiquette for opening nights and special events is to wear a dark suit. But the performers and even other guests to the opera always enjoy seeing people dressed up at every opera or ballet performance.
Best Time to Visit
Latvian National Opera tickets are sold at any time of the year. The office is open Monday-Saturday at 10:00-19:00 and Sunday at 11:00-19:00. Check the website for the schedule so you don't miss anything.
Will I Need a Guide?
Yes, if you want to see the building and learn about the history, you will need a guide to take you on the Latvian National Opera tour. However, if you're watching the performance you will not need a guide.
How To Get There?
Only 5 minutes' walk from the hotel and close to Riga Central Market, you will find the opera house in a prominent location in the city near the canal. You can also take a bus or tram and get off at the nearest stop to the opera.
Several of the performances held at the Latvian National Opera are not recommended for pre-school-aged or primary-school-aged children. Before buying tickets, please consider whether the respective performance will be a great experience, or a trial and error for your patience, as well as your child's. Please respect the performers as well as other guests to the opera, particularly during the performance: be polite, don't talk during the performance or make excess noise. Food and beverages are prohibited in the hall. All mobile phones and electronic devices should be switched off during the performance. The lights and/or sounds from such devices are disruptive to fellow audience members.