Excellent artists from Latvia and Switzerland to play “Lysistrata”
The inspiration behind the production is Aristophanes’s play “Lysistrata” (411 BC) – it tells of a smart and strong woman, who is able to change the world and end the war through peaceful methods.
The two chamber operas - drama and comedy - will be performed in a single evening. The authors of the project are jazz composer Kaspar Ewald and director Christine Cyris from Switzerland, as well as director Zane Kreicberga Latvia, one of the best theater music composers of the last few years in Latvia, the winner of the 2012 “Spēlmaņu nakts” award Jēkabs Nīmanis and librettist Inese Zandere – all three from Latvia.
The creative team behind the production also includes such artists as Latvian National Opera soloist Kristīne Gailīte, singers Jeannine Hirzel and Robert Koller from Switzerland, set and costume designer Kristīne Jurjāne, lighting designer Mārtiņš Feldmanis, vocal group “Putni” (Birds), a men’s choir, a chamber orchestra and conductor Normunds Dreģis.
The premiere of the chamber opera will take place at the Latvian Railway history museum in Riga, on 14 and 15 February at 19.00 pm, but on 16 February at 18.00 pm – the performance will be held at the Liepaja Theater. In Basel and Zurich (Switzerland), “Lysistrata” will be performed from 23 till 30 October of 2014.
Lectures and discussions, hosted by respected lecturers, on the subject “Woman and war” will take place at the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia on 29 January at 18.00 pm, as well as at the Latvian War Museum on 5 February, at 18.00 pm.
The Artistic Director, Producer and also the author of this idea is Antra Dreģe. The project is organized by the culture society “Spektrs”.
Tickets available at “Biļešu paradīze” box offices and on-line. Ticket price – EUR 20; students, seniors – EUR 10.
The European Capital of Culture program is created by foundation “Rīga 2014” in cooperation with state, local municipality and non-governmental organizations, as well as creative unions and societies. The program is financed by the Riga City Council, the Ministry of Culture and the European Commission. “Lattelecom” is the partner of the “Rīga 2014” programme, also providing technical support.