Rihards Millers (1989)
Rihards Millers began his vocal studies in 2005 at the Ventspils Music School with Aivars Krancmanis. From 2009 to 2013 he studied academic singing at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music with vocal teachers Anita Garanča and Krišjānis Norvelis. In 2011 and 2012 he was an ERASMUS exchange student at the St Cecilia Academy of Music in Rome where he perfected his vocal mastery with Anna Maria Ferante. He is currently continuing postgraduate studies in opera singing at JVLMA with Krišjānis Norvelis. In 2012 and 2013 alongside his studies at JVLMA Rihards enrolled at the Academy of Latvian National Opera and was awarded the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation scholarship. He has participated in a number of ENOA (European Network of Opera Academies) masterclasses in Latvia, Portugal and France.
Rihards is a laureate of a number of local and international competitions. In 2005 he won the 2nd prize in A. Kalniņš Young Vocalists’ Competition in Cēsis. In 2007 and 2013 he was the winner of the 2nd prize in the National Competition of Latvian Music School Education programme Vocal Music. In 2014 he was awarded the JVLMA and Swedbank Annual Award for Young Musician. Last May Rihards became 3rd place winner of Klaudia Taev Competiion for Young Singers in Pärnu, Estonia.
Rihards Millers is currently a soloist of the Latvian National Opera. In 2013 he made his debut in the role of Pantalone in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, in 2014 he was Fiorello in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Count Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Valdis in Maskats’ Valentīna.