August 16, 2019

Olga Peretyatko will replace tenor Joseph Calleja on 17th August

Soprano Olga Peretyatko will replace tenor Joseph Calleja for the Riga Jurmala Music Festival’s concert on the night of 17th August due to the tenor’s sudden indisposition.

Olga Peretyatko, one of the world’s most sought-after sopranos, made her international break-through after winning Plácido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia Competition. Hence,she has been a regular guest performer at the world’s topopera houses and concert venues. Olga Peretyatko will be accompanied by pianist Matthias Samuil.

“We are very sorry to announce that Joseph Calleja will not be able to perform in Jurmala and on behalf of the festival’s team wish him a soon recovery, and hope to see him back in Jurmala in the next festival’s seasons,” says Zane Culkstena, Managing Director of the festival. “Olga Peretyatko is an outstandingl singer and has already won many hearts of opera lovers in Latvia and worldwide. We look forward to hearing her performance tomorrow in Jurmala”.

Olga Peretyatko

Olga Peretyatko opens the 2018/19 season with concerts at the renowned stages of Grafenegg and Gstaad Festivals, as well as singing songs by Gabriel Fauré with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, celebrating the release of the highly acclaimed new album “The Secret Fauré”.

Her uniquely compelling voice and stage presence allow Ms. Peretyatko to combine an active opera career with frequent recitals at the most legendary venues. There is hardly a major opera house that has not yet invited her to sing lead roles, including Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Berlin, Munich and Hamburg state operas, Vienna State Opera, Zurich Opera House, Lausanne Opera, Opera Monte Carlo, La Fenice in Venice, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Real in Madrid, Opéra Bastille in Paris, Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she returned several times, most recently to perform at Lucia di Lammermoor.

Ms. Peretyatko has collaborated with the world’s most renowned directors, including Robert Lepage, whose acclaimed 2009 production of Stravinsky’s Le Rossignolin Toronto confirmed her status as one of the top sopranos of our time. She sang Marfa in provocative Dmitri Tcherniakov take on The Tsar’s Bride, which was presented in 2013-2014 first at Staatsoper Unter den Linden and then in Teatro alla Scala. In 2017 she sang Leila, the main role in Wim Wender’s operatic debut in Bizet’s Les Pecheurs des Perles, under musical direction of Daniel Barenboim. She is a frequent guest star at the most prestigious opera festivals including Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Aix-en-Provence and Pesaro, Chorégies d’Orange, where video recordings of her performances in the productions of Matilde di Shabran, Sigismondo, and La Scala di Setawere released worldwide on DECCA, Arthaus Musik, and Opus Arte, respectively.

Olga Peretjatko performs Mozart:


Matthias Samuil

The German pianist Matthias Samuil was born in Berlin and started piano lessons at the age of six. He went to the Musikgymnasium “C.P.E.Bach” for musically talented children and won several prizes in competitions both as a soloist and as a chamber-musician.

Matthias studied for concert-pianist at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with Mrs Annerose Schmidt and Mrs Hella Walter-Arndt, and participated in various international Master-Classes of Murray Perahia, Leon Fleisher, Brigitte Engerer and Graham Johnson.

Alongside he dedicated himself to collaborate with singers with great enthusiasm and took lessons with Wolfram Rieger, Walter Olbertz and Semion Skigin, developed himself to become a demanded Lied-accompanist. Furthermore he experienced inspiring and valuable collaboration with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Krassimira Stoyanova, Deborah Polaski and Johan Botha.

Matthias Samuil has appeared as a song recitalist with internationally established singers of the opera world, including Olga Peretyatko, Dmitry Korchak, Anna Samuil, Michaela Kaune, Dimitry Ivashchenko, Nadja Michael, Elena Maximova, Pavol Breslik, Lena Belkina, Alfredo Daza, Marina Prudenskaya, Mandy Fredrich, Roman Trekel, Aleksey Tatarintsev, Evelin Novak and Massimiliano Pisapia.

His recital appearances abroad include recitals at Philharmonie Berlin, Palau de les Arts Valencia, International House of Music in Moscow, the Berlin State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, as well as in Dresden, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, Paris, Prague, Saint-Petersburg, Lisbon, Zürich, Basel, Lausanne, Cracow and other cities in Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Croatia, Azerbaidzhan, Switzerland and the USA. He has performed for the Festivals d’Aix-en-Provence, Sion and Baden-Baden, Gabala International Music Festival, “intonations” Festival in Berlin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Dresden Festivals, and for the Winter Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi. He has made numerous live broadcasts and recordings.

During his first years of studying Matthias Samuil already started working as a vocal coach at the University Potsdam, and has since 2006 been giving lessons in Lied-interpretation and vocal-coaching at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in his hometown of Berlin.

Practical information for the festival visitors

Tickets purchased at the box office can be returned to any ticket office of Bilesu Paradize, claiming an instant cash refund. Tickets purchased on the Internet can be returned by email, accordingly. Please see the working hours of Biļešu Paradīze ticket offices here .

Last minute buyers (for tickets purchased on the 17thAugust) will be offered a 20% discount to any of the forthcoming Riga-Jurmala music festival concerts.