The Latvian National Opera (LNO) will perform Peter Tchaikovsky’s opera “Lady of Spades” on October 11, which will be dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the legendary tenor Kārlis Zariņš.
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As LNO representative Irbe Treile informed “Delfi”, several debuts will take place on October 11 – the role of Lisa will be sung for the first time by Tatiana Trenogina, the role of Hermann – Andris Ludvigs, Polinas lomu – Laura Grecka, The role of Priļepa – the role of Marlene Keine and Tomsk – Rihards Mačanovskis. Artjoms Safronovs will make his debut in the role of Hermann on October 13. For the first time, Normunds Vaicis will perform at the conductor’s stand “Ladies of Spades”.
Kārlis Zariņš (1930 -2015) was one of the most outstanding Latvian opera singers of all time. He was the leading soloist of the Latvian National Opera from 1960 to 2006. The artist has sung extensively in the former USSR and abroad: in Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, and has given concerts in France, Austria, Greece, the USA, Canada and elsewhere in the world. For ten years (1970–1980) he was a freelance soloist at the Russian State Academic Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.
Kārlis Zariņš’s vocal and acting performances have been seen in many dozen roles – in Jose’s opera “Carmen”, title roles in “Tanheizers”, “Otello”, “Don Carlos”, “Peter Graims”, Rudolf in “Bohemian”, Kavaradosi in “Tosca”, Tots in the opera “I play, dance”, Radames in the opera “Aida” and many others. Undoubtedly, among the brightest roles of the outstanding tenor can be mentioned Herman in Peter Tchaikovsky’s opera “The Lady of Spades”.
The production of Peter Tchaikovsky’s opera “The Lady of Spades” premiered in February this year, honoring director Andrejs Žagars. Set designer Aleksandrs Orlovs, costume designer Kristīne Pasternaka, choreographer Elita Bukovska and lighting artist Gļebs Filštinskis worked with him in the creative team of the production, while the director of the renovation is Juris Žagars.
The story “The Lady of Spades” by the famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, immediately after its publication in 1834, was a huge success: the audience was intrigued by both the content and the precise spirit of the time. Thanks to the outstanding talent of Peter Tchaikovsky, the triangle of the relationship between Herman, Lisa and the Countess fascinates with the depth of the psychological portrait in the music of this opera. The production of “Lady of the Spades” by Andrejs Žagars has delighted opera critics and theater-goers in various countries. “Lady of the Spades” was successfully screened at the Bordeaux Theater in 2005 and in Luxembourg in 2009.
The winner of several competitions, Tatiana Trenogina, who will make her debut as Lisa on October 11, has sung at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, “La Monnaie” in Brussels and elsewhere. Spectators of the Latvian National Opera have already met Tatjana Trenogin as Ned in the opera “Pajaci” and Mimi in the opera “Bohemia”. Currently, the artist is also preparing the role of Amelia in the new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Simon Bokanegra”, which will premiere in late November.
On October 11, the experienced tenor of the Latvian National Opera Andris Ludvigs will make his debut in the role of Hermann, whose audience has met in such roles as Jose in the opera “Carmen”, title role in the opera “Tanheiser”, Kavaradosi in the opera “Tosca”, Pinkerton in the opera “Madama Buttrefly”, Tott in the opera dancing “and others. On October 13, Artyom Safronov, who started his career at the Moscow Academic Musical Theater, will sing the role of Herman for the first time. At the Riga Opera House, he has already sung such roles as Rudolf in “Bohemia” and Lensky in “Eugene Onegin”.
Tickets for the opera “Lady of the Spade” can be purchased at the box office of the LNOB and “Biļešu paradīze”, as well as on the Internet.