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Riga Opera Festival

12 June – 17 June, 2018 | Tour Director: Nicholas Wearne


Riga boasts a strong musical heritage: Wagner lived and worked there during the late 1830s, and the magnificent National Opera House was built in the 1860s to the design of St Petersburg architect Ludwig Bohnstedt.

Since 1998 the Latvian National Opera has mounted an annual festival, which has become an important fixture on the European circuit and showcases some of the brightest stars of the Latvian and international opera stage. Our visit to the 2018 Riga Opera Festival will offer an opportunity to experience a collection of festival operas, and to explore this historic town. Built on the banks of the Daugava River, Riga was an important medieval seaport. Its historic prosperity is reflected in its beautiful town centre, which houses a succession of Gothic and Baroque churches in its narrow streets.

The city also possesses perhaps the nest collection of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe, which, along with its medieval centre and 19th century wooden architecture, has led to Riga being accorded UNESCO World Heritage status. We will enjoy three festival operas during our stay. Previous tours have, for example, taken in performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Wagner’s Tannhàˆuser and Verdi’s Il Trovatore.


12 June – 17 June 2018
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Full details relased in early 2018. Some itinerary details may be subject to change. Contact the ACE office now to register your interest.



Nicholas Wearne BA, MPhil

an ACE Bursary student, holds a Junior Fellowship at Birmingham Conservatoire. His career as a solo organist has taken him all over the world and he was winner of the Poul Ruders Prize at the 2011 Odense International Organ Competition.

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