National Opera House

Riga, Latvia

The National Opera House was constructed in 1863 by architect Ludwig Bohnstedt from St. Petersburg, for the then German-speaking City Theatre. It has been refurbished several times; 1882-1887 (following a fire in 1882), 1957–1958, 1991-1995 (following independence). A modern annex was added in 2001 with a 300-seat New Hall.



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Founded: 1863
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Latvia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Latvia)


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Tatiana (8 days ago)
Level of the performance is very high. 3 hours could pass as 10 minutes there. Sound quality is incredibly good. The only thing I really cannot get the price for the glass of champagne made in Latvia (yes, not the one from Champagne region) costs 10 EUR. In the caffetteria there is only one waiter during 15min. break between performance. As always prices are esagerated and the service is very low level.
Mark Stillman (2 months ago)
This is a great venue to watch opera and ballet performances. Every time I visit Riga I get tickets and enjoy the shows. Great Cafe to get refreshments during the break. This is a must see activity when you come to Riga. I highly recommend it.
Nina Buckley (3 months ago)
Absolutely stunning theatre with top class performances. Extremely affordable. I did notice that people did tend to dress up a bit, which I think is wonderful.
Astrida McFarland (5 months ago)
It was an honor and a pleasure to attend an orchestral symphony at the Latvian National Opera House. My parents used to go to the opera house back in the 1930-1940s. Today, I was able to go with my daughter and my wonderful Latvian relatives. The ambiance was fabulous and you could feel the past visit the present. Architecturally perfect from the old days. A must see. We purchased tickets ahead of time and walked in with no problems. There are ushers to seat you. Parking is a problem so it is best to be dropped off or use Bolt, their rideshare company. Be sure and walk around the beautiful gardens.
Meigh Me (11 months ago)
Dracula Ballet. We managed to get tickets in this beautiful opera house for the most outstanding ballet that I have ever seen. BRAVO! Ballet, music, choreography, set, costumes. What a performance it was simply fantastic. Perfection at every step. The music sheer magic. This was as good in fact better than anything seen in Sydney, London, Moscow, France …….what a night. Well done to the entire company. A night that I absolutely will never forget and will probably never surpass. Three very very happy English tourists. If Aida is half as good as this tomorrow night I will die happy- thank you.? Yes to add on….Aida was just as fantastic, costumes, set music voices. Totally 2 fantastic nights of culture. XXX
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