Contract for Sigulda Opera Festival signed
22th International Sigulda Opera Music Festival will keep the former structure. The event will be opened on Friday, August 1 at 19.00, at Sigulda New Castle courtyard with a warm-up concert. A special show for children will be offered on Saturday, August 2 at 15.00.When signing the contract, both Mitrevics and Kalns agreed that it is a great achievement to be able to hold the festival in Sigulda again. „Sigulda Opera Music Festival organized by Dainis Kalns is a must-see classical music event in Sigulda, the city that is surrounded by so many picturesque landscapes. I am glad the festival tradition is continued,” said Uģis Mitrevics.
Opera Music Festival has reached a turning point this year as Dainis Kalns has offered Sigulda Municipality a new collaboration model. Previously, the festival was organized by „Sigulda Opera Music Festival” Foundation, but the city supported the event. The new model requires that Dainis Kalns now creates the festival conception which includes artists' bookings and founding a working team. Sigulda Municipality, for its part, takes responsibility for finances, marketing and organization issues. „In that way, I’ll have less stress, but also a bigger responsibility to justify the trust I’ve been given from my business partners,” says Dainis Kalns.
22th International Sigulda Opera Music Festival will keep the former structure. The event will be opened on Friday, August 1 at 19.00, at Sigulda New Castle courtyard with a warm-up concert. A special show for children will be offered on Saturday, August 2 at 15.00.
The festival organizers will offer a full opera show at Sigulda Castle ruines. Saturday, on August 2 at 21.00, music lovers will be able to see the original staging of „Carmen” by Georges Bizet. Dainis Kalns has booked marvelous artists for this opera including Clementine Margaine (France), Pierre-Yves Pruvot (France), Philippe Do (France). The best soloists from Latvia will perform including Juris Ādamsons, Olga Jakovļeva, Krišjānis Norvelis, Andris Lapiņš, Kalvis Kalniņš and other well-known singers.
Vladimir Kiradjiiev will be the conductor, also stage director Edmunds Freibergs will take part together with Aigars Ozoliņš (stage design), Ieva Kundziņa (costume design), Gatis Langenfelds (choirmaster).
Sacral music concert will be offered for visitors on August 3 at 13.00, at Sigulda Evangelic Lutheran Church.
At the festival closing, on August 3 at 17.00, Gala concert will be held where Italian baritone Vitorio Vitelli will sing as well as the very popular Iano Tamar. Two soloists from France will demonstrante their virtousity – Philippe Do and Pierre Yves Pruvot. Several surprises will be revealed for dedicated opera fans within the next days.
Tickets will be on sale at „Biļešu paradīze” box offices in Latvia and Sigulda Cultural Centre box office (10 Pils Street, tel.: 67970814). Those Sigulda residents who own Sigulda ID card will get discounted prices.