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Ieva Parša

Vocalist Ieva Parša mainly focuses on contemporary Latvian and international music but also enjoys singing Baroque and Romantic repertoire, paying great attention to the expression of content and lyrics. Many Latvian composers – Andris Dzenītis, Pauls Dambis, Mārīte Dombrovska, Gundega Šmite, Raimonds Pauls, Kristaps Pētersons, Imants Zemzaris, Pēteris Plakidis, Jēkabs Jančevskis, Jēkabs Nīmanis – have composed specifically for Ieva’s voice.


Ieva Parša has sung the roles of Mother Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites), High Priestess (Aida), Mole Cricket (Spēlēju, dancoju by Latvian composer Imants Kalniņš), Dauka’s Mother (Dauka by Andris Dzenītis), Smeraldina (The Love for Three Oranges), Black Queen (Mikhail and Mikhail Play Chess by Kristaps Pētersons), Alma (Valentina), and Poet (The Immured) at the Latvian National Opera.

Ieva Parša frequently performs with pianists Herta Hansena and Aldis Liepiņš. She focuses in particular on the musical interpretation of poetry by Latvian authors Rainis and Aspazija, and she even composes her own songs based on the works of the two authors.


Her collaborative programmes with director Uģis Brikmanis The Brightly Radiant Latvian Gray, Story of a Woman, and Dūdieviņš reached and delighted a broad Latvian audience.


Ieva was nominated for Latvia’s Grand Music Award in 2008 and 2009, and she earned the Award in 2008 for the first performance of solo songs by Latvian composers, in particular, experimental vocal music. She is also a lecturer at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music.

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