New board members named at Latvian national opera and ballet

Opera singer Egils Siliņš, former Culture Ministry state secretary Sandis Voldiņš and the current Latvian National Opera and Bllet (LNOB) board member Inese Eglīte have been selected to work on the new LNOB board, the Culture Ministry announced May 29.

A commission set up to assess the candidates agreed that Siliņš, formerly an acclaimed bass-baritone and currently deputy director at the Cademi Artists agency in Valladolid (Spain), was the best candidate to work as the LNOB artistic director with Voldiņš in charge of administration and Eglīte in charge of financial affairs.

In total there were 41 applicants to join the board of one of the most valued cultural institutions in the country, with an international reputation. commission had to review 41 candidates.

The new LNOB board will take office after the current board members' term of office ends later this year.

The current LNOB chairman of the board Zigmars Liepiņš decided last year that he would not seek reappointment for a third term.

Dace Melbārde, Minister of Culture, said: “I would like to thank Zigmar Liepiņš, the current chairman of the board, for his contribution to ensuring the stability of our Latvian National Opera and Ballet, where the contribution of every employee is undeniably essential.”

“The Latvian National Opera and Ballet New Board candidates are experienced, high-end professionals in their field of expertise. When evaluating the applicants, the competition commission assessed not only the compliance of each candidate with the specific field of competence, but also the joint vision of the applicants regarding the direction of development of the opera and the ability to cooperate in the team,” said Dace Vilsone, the Chairman of the Competition Commission and State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture.

The appointment of Siliņš in particular is suggestive of potentially great things in the future. One of the most popular bass-baritone voices in the opera world - a laureate of international competitions with 30 years of concert experience at major world festivals and festivals, it will be fascinating to see him apply his performer's eye to the repertoire and other artistic matters.

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