Three for the Weekend: Artsy opera weekend

This weekend in Latvia showers you with a liberal dose of art and opera--read on to find out what's happening September 2-4 in Latvia.

Romeo and Juliet at the National Opera

The Latvian National Opera on September 2 (and October 5, and December 21) will showcase the eternal rivalry between Montague and Capulet families in Sergey Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet.

"Ballet of Sergey Prokofiev, born from themes of immortal tragedy of William Shakespeare, no doubt, is one of the most popular examples of its genre in the XX century. The staging of Croatian choreographer Valentina Turcu offers vision of a dare-devil, sensual and brutal era when matters of life and death often were solved in irrational form and in enflamed atmosphere of passion."

Info and tickets (there are some left).

Paintings of Latvia's favorite birthday boy

Latvian painter Janis Rozentāls turns 150 this year with an exhibition on show at the Latvian National Art Museum from August 13 to October 30. Rozentāls is one of the founding figures of Latvian national art.

"Janis Rozentāls (1866–1916) was the talented and determined son of a country blacksmith from the Saldus parish who, at the end of the 19th century, trained at the St. Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts to become a professional painter. Latvian art history records him as being the most popular, beloved and versatile founder of the national art," reads the description of the exhibition.

Read more about the exhibition here

The death of the artist's peace

Anna Heinriksone's personal exhibition is on show at the dainty Māksla XO gallery from September 1. It has the intriguing title "My peace has died", borrowing from a poem of Aspazija, the grande dame of Latvian letters.

Here's a painting of hers we're unsure if we can upload on LSM. 

"Vivid and original characters are distinctive in her figurative painting, as well. It is an absolutely solitary world of images - Anna Heinrihsone's 'theater of mimes', in which every new painting is perceptible as a sequel of the last."

The gallery is open 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Sundays.

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