Exactly 20 years ago, 29 September, 1995, the new building of Latvia’s National Opera was finally opened after long years of reconstruction and restoration. Massive work was launched after the meeting of the opera’s collective in the White House on 3 September, 1990.
The project was realized by Latvian Culture Ministry’s founded Latvian National Opera’s construction directorate, which was liquidated in 1996, after the project’s completion. The most important restoration and reconstruction work was carried out by Būvuzņēmums Restaurators.
Valdis Uzarins, head of this company, says the beginning of work was extreme: «Our work began with partial dismantling of the building’s roof. It was removed in order to erect metal constructions to reinforce the stage. There were no problems in summer and autumn, but we had to use special gas machines to heat the stage during winter. I can say with all certainty that we worked in extreme conditions.»
«Time and speed mean a lot during construction. Had we waited for new metal constructions to arrive and then spend more time on the roof, it would have cost us years. All this time the stage would remain empty and reconstruction would have been unnecessarily prolonged,» – says Uzarins.
Workers of the construction company are satisfied the most with the result of their hard work; that in spite of all difficulties the result is truly awe-inspiring. Every visitor of the opera house can see this. Even 20 years later, everything looks brand new.