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Inga Kalna

(01.05.1972 )


Inga Kalna is a vivid, sought-after interpreter of Baroque, Classical and recently also Romantic repertoires. Her soprano voice is rich and full of colour, her coloratura technique is wonderful, and her feel for style is precise and well-informed. Kalna has performed at the Hamburg State Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, La Monnaie in Brussels, La Scala in Milan, the Salzburg Festival, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and other prestigious concert venues and festivals. Her repertoire includes almost all of the lyric soprano opera roles by the most notable Western European composers as well as chamber music and oratorios, including sacred works by Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Berlioz and Verdi and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

Among Kalna’s biggest achievements is her collaboration with René Jacobs on performances and recordings of Mozart’s and Handel’s operas, Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno with Marc Minkowski at the Berlin State Opera and the triumphant success of Alcina in Paris. She has performed and recorded with conductors Simone Young, Colin Davis, Ingo Metzmacher, Marc Soustrot and others. Albeit infrequently, she also enjoys performing chamber music and singing with organ accompaniment.

Kalna studied voice at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she received several awards. Her studies in musicology at the Latvian Academy of Music have contributed significantly to her being as an artist. Kalna has performed as a soloist with the Latvian National Opera and the Hamburg State Opera. She is a three-time winner of the Latvian Grand Music Award (1995, 1998, 2002).