Friday, on 17 January, with the premiere of Richard Wagner’s opus in images “Rienzi. Triumph and defeat”, the European Capital of Culture year was opened. European Capital of Culture patron, Latvia’s President Andris Bērziņš opened the programme with a speech.
The new and grand production “Rienzi. Triumph and defeat” has been put together by an excellent creative team. “Rienzi” was first staged in Riga 136 years earlier – in 1878 – therefore audience will have the chance to witness this musical message for the first time.