At the end of summer 2019, the State Choir LATVIJA will spend three weeks at the Ruhrtriennale in Germany, one of the world’s most interesting and innovative inter-genre festivals in which each year gathers famous directors, musicians, artists, and contemporary theatre representatives. The State Choir LATVIJA will take part in a performance called Evolution, which is based on the music of György Ligeti’s Requiem. The director of the performance is Kornél Mundruczó, one of Europe’s directing stars, who won the International Federation of Film Critics Award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. The production’s scenographer and costume designer is Monika Pormale, while American conductor Steven Sloane will lead the musicians.
In November 2019, the choir will make its debut at Zurich’s Tonhalle Maag alongside the Zurich Latvian Choir BALTS and the Zürcher Sing-Akademie. The program of Baltic and Swiss choral music, Terra Choralis, will include music by P. Vasks, V. Tormis, H. Winkelman, V. Augustinas, A. Pärt, and others. A new piece, especially for this event, is being written by composer Jēkabs Jančevskis.
In December 2019, the State Choir Latvija will embark on a concert tour of Spain, performing for the second time at Madrid’s National Auditorium of Music. The choir will also be making their debut at the Palace of Catalan Music, which counts among the world’s most famous concert halls, as well as at the Zaragoza Auditorium. The choir will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis alongside the Orquestra de Cadaqués led by Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda. The first half of the concert will feature W. A. Mozart’s Clarinet concerto performed by the best clarinetist of our day, Martin Fröst.
In August this year, Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra visited the Riga Jūrmala Music Festival; he is one of his generation’s most significant conductors. In 2015, he was named Musical America magazine’s Conductor of the Year, while in 2016 he was named Conductor of the Year at the International Opera Awards. Noseda has performed with the world’s best orchestras: the Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has conducted performances at the world’s leading opera houses including Milan’s La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and others.