Multimediāla monoopera VALENTĪNA

Opera diva, soprano SONORA VAICE in the multimedia mono-opera Valentina!

An opera - Valentina's love story, dedicated to the Latvian cultural legend - film scientist Valentina Freimane (1922-2018) A story of deep love in complicated sociopolitical times. 

The production is an artistically new stage interpretation of the first opera Valentīna by the internationally renowned Latvian composer Arturs Maskats - a full-format opera in the format of a chamber opera - a multimedia mono-opera. The opera's historic world premiere took place in 2014 and became one of the most important events of the Riga - European Year of Culture.

The libretto by Liana Langa and Arturs Maskats is based on Valentina Freimane's autobiographical novel "Goodbye, Atlantis!" 

Valentina is a woman through whose fate the themes "pass" like cinema, which are at the same time a reflection of her life and also encompass the deeper essence of things, drawing an era. Opera actress Sonora Vaice will bring to life Valentina's love story, whose heroine is endowed with a warm, vital and witty human essence, despite her experiences. The opera reflects not only Valentina's personal adventures as a child, which seem to have a sort of golden edge, and in her early youth, and the family saga, but also the era as a whole. Valentina Freimane's life was filled with love, which is beautifully reflected in the opera's music.

She says she is happy because she has not even seen any horrors with her own eyes, they seem to have slipped past her, apart from the bombings she experienced in the upper flats: others were in cellars, but she was closer to the sky. 
 
Valentina Freiman's childhood passed between Riga and Berlin, where her father was a lawyer at the UFA film studio and her mother a charming society lady around whom the flower of the cinema world of the time gathered. The theme of love is extremely important in the performance, which is enhanced by the beautiful and colourful music by Arturs Maskats, which also features the composer's favourite tango, which Vaice complements with tap dancing, which she learnt with Maris Pūrs, the grandmaster of tap dance in Latvia. The musically brilliant tango, on the other hand, is heard in the accordion colours that form the musical fabric of the opera.

Having successfully made her directorial debut in 2021 - receiving the Great Music Award for her production of The Human Voice.Telefone, Sonora Vaice develops her next directorial idea within the process of exploring and discovering the power, uniqueness, versatility, life perception and personality of a woman - a musically vivid multimedia stage version of Valentina Freimane's love story. 

SONORA VAICE (soprano)
Musicians-actors: Gidons Grīnbergs (violin), Inita Āboliņa (accordion), Māris Žagars (piano)

Multimedia: Ģirts Ķesteris, Aivars Krancmanis, Egils Melbārdis, Māris Pūris, Zigurds Neimanis, Kārlis Rūtentāls, Henrijs Kozlovskis, etc.

Directed by Sonora Vaice
Choreographer Ieva Kemlere, tap dance consultant-coach Māris Pūris 
Multimedia artist-scenographer Ineta Sipunova
Costume designer Hanna Antra Elerte (Cinnamon)
Make-up artist Liāna Repule
Lighting Designer Ivars Vācers
Artistic Director, Producer Agija Ozoliņa-Kozlovska

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