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Latvian National Opera

“Inspiring” and “Imposing”. These are the usual ways in which those, who are lucky enough to get the chance, describe their experience at the Latvian National Opera, considered as one of the most beautiful opera buildings in Europe.

The Latvian National Opera House which is the home for both the Latvian National Opera and the Latvian National Ballet was originally constructed in 1863 in neo-classical style by the St Petersburg architect Ludwig Bohnstedt for the at those times German-speaking City Theatre.

The history of Latvian Opera began in 1912, founded by Pēteris Jurjāns, and ever since it has had a bright history of development. The opera house has been refurbished several times, with the final renovation and reopening of the opera house in 1995

Today in every season that runs from September to June more than 200 performances are held at the Opera house, staging on average six new productions every season of both opera and ballet. Although The Latvian National Opera pays tribute to the traditional values of the classical and Romantic operas and ballets that are the cornerstones of its repertoire it strives to seek contemporary forms of expression.

Our Backstage Tours in the Opera House include an introduction to the colourful history of what first started as a German-speaking theatre, an insight into the redevelopment of the Latvian National Opera House and a peep behind the scenes at what is going on in preparation for current productions with .

The opera offers 4 different halls for performances, concerts, and special events. 


  • Great Hall - 1800 m2 (stage); capacity: 946 pers.
  • New Hall - 600 m2; capacity: up to 500 of which 338 with seats
  • Dress Circle Hall - 160 m2; capacity: up to 170 pers.
  • Red Hall - 168 m2; capacity: up to 100 pers.


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