Inga Kalna, born in Riga, studied singing and musicology at the Latvian Music Academy. After her first engagements with the Latvian National Opera she continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She was awarded the Latvian Theatre Award twice and the Great Music Award of Latvia five times. In the United Kingdom she received the Goldberg Opera Prize and the Bruce Millar Memorial Trust Award. In 2001–2007 she was a soloist of the Hamburgische Staatsoper where she still regularly appears as guest. Further engagements brought Inga Kalna to the Netherlands Opera Amsterdam, Vlaamse Opera in Antwerpen, Tampere Opera in Finland, Opéra de Lausanne, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real Madrid, the Staatsoper Berlin and the Salzburg Festival. With the title role of Alcina, she debuted at the Opéra national de Paris (December 2007) and at La Scala, Milan (March 2009). Remarkable is Inga Kalna’s cooperation with two conductors: Marc Minkowski under whose baton she sang Händel’s Alcina (Staatsoper Wien), Händel’s oratorio Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno (Staatsoper Berlin) and in Mozart’s Lucio Silla (Salzburg), and René Jacobs who repeatedly invited her to the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Innsbrucker Festwochen, Staatsoper Berlin and Festival Aix-en-Provence. Important roles in Inga Kalna’s extensive opera repertoire are Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Desdemona (Otello), Elettra (Idomeneo), Violetta (La traviata), Donna Fiorilla (Il turco in Italia), Lucio Cinna (Lucio Silla) and the title roles in Maria Stuarda, Alcina and Agrippina. Future highlights include Piacere (Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno) in Stockholm and in Gdańsk, Elettra (Idomeneo) in Toronto and Elen Orford (Peter Grimes) in Toulouse. Inga Kalna is also highly in demand as Lied interpreter and concert singer. CD recordings include Rinaldo (Harmonia Mundi/René Jacobs), Motezuma (DGG/Archiv/Alan Curtis), Mathis der Maler (Oehms Classics/ Simone Young) and Serse (Deutsche Grammophon/Maxim Emelyanychev).
Photo Gunars Janaitis