Photo: Two stars on one stage – Raimonds Pauls and Elīna Garanča

Photo: Two stars on one stage – Raimonds Pauls and Elīna Garanča

On July 23 and 24, the Latvian National Theater will host concerts by the world-famous Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and composer Raimonds Pauls with the program “If You Weren’t…”, dedicated to the 85th anniversary of Maestro. The media had the opportunity to watch the concert rehearsal, which took place on July 20.

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As previously reported, the chamber orchestra “Sinfonietta Rīga” with Normunds Šnē at the conductor’s desk and the instrumental group led by Raimonds Macata will also take part in the upcoming concerts.

In anticipation of the anniversary, Maestro has invited the outstanding opera singer Elīna Garanča, dedicating two cycles of songs to her – with poetry by Vizma Belševica and Ojārs Vācietis. “Meeting with Elīna Garanča is very welcome, it is like a celebration. The first part will be the premiere of several songs written especially for Elīna. Raimonds Pauls.

The second part of the concert includes songs from movies and theater performances with music by Raimonds Pauls, for which new arrangements have been made by composers Lolita Ritmane, Rihards Dubra, Jēkabs Jančevskis and Raimonds Macats.

Photo: Kristaps Kalns

“I can call the second part of the concert the fulfillment of my dreams – theatrical and cinematic music, which I once dreamed of singing, which I listened to at home when I was a very small jade, or to whom, once waiting for the end of the theater, I fell asleep in my wardrobe. at the beginning, “says Elīna Garanča.

“Like all of us, Covid’s time has been a time of reflection, an intense stay at home, a time of despair, a time of relaxation, a time of rest and a time of voice, despite learning the role of Kundria from Richard Wagner’s opera Parsifal,” Schumann and And it seems that I got to know myself more, I heard myself again, and I want to think that I understood what makes me happy and satisfied, “the singer tells about the time of the pandemic in her life.

After the concerts in Riga, the singer will go to Salzburg, where he will perform the opuses of Gustav Mahler and Hector Berlioz with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of conductor Christian Tyleman. Elīna Garanča is preparing new roles – the Duchess of Buoyon from the opera “Adriana Lekuvreir” and Venus from Richard Wagner’s opera “Tanheizers”, a new program of songs is being prepared. “I have an intense ten years ahead of me – a lot needs to be done. But a reunion with Maestro is like an emotional spark when it both seemed like it’s time to meet again in music. Our first concert was remembered with nice emotions and feelings. I want to experience something like that again!”

Photo: Kristaps Kalns

The director and producer of the concert are Ojārs Rubenis, set designer Aigars Ozoliņš, lighting artist Oskars Pauliņš, choreographer Olga Žitluhina, executive producer Ilona Matvejeva.

It has already been reported that the concerts were scheduled for January this year and were postponed due to the pandemic: the January 11 concert was postponed to July 23 at 7 pm, the January 12 concert was postponed to July 24 at 7 pm. an identity document and a digital Covid-19 certificate confirming the fact of vaccination against Covid-19 or transmission of the virus.

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