Antra Drege

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  • Classical:NEXT 2017
  • Classical:NEXT 2015

Antra Dreģe is a conductor, singer and producer. Since 2014 she is the director of New Music festival Arēna.

She was an artistic director and producer of Swiss – Latvian contemporary chamber opera diptych – Lysistrata, which was a part of Riga 2014 - European Capital of Culture program. She was a senior conductor at the 48th Latvian Culture Days festival in Adelaide (Australia), she was also an artistic director of concert Love Songs wich was a part of the 24th Latvian Song and Dance Festival, one of the biggest music festivals in Latvia. In 2011 she was an Artist in Residence in Switzerland. She often gives master classes in vocal training and has been a member of Juries under the State agency of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

She has been singing in various professional ensembles, such as acoustic rock music chamber ensemble Marana, contemporary music and vocal jazz ensemble Riga Vocal Group as well as early music ensemble Canto. Antra Drege has been a soloist in various performances of A. Vivaldi and J.S. Bach cantatas in Latvia, France and Israel.

In 1993 A. Dreģe became an artistic leader of professional vocal ensemble Putni with which she has won prizes and gained the Grand Prix in five international competitions and has given over 3000 performances in Latvia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, France and USA including a number of international festivals such as ERROBIKO FESTIBALA (France), YOUrope together, Oldenburg festival (Germany), IMAGES - foto, cinema, literature et musique, Etonnante Lettonie festival (France) and festival Un Printemps Français, Latvian New Music Days, International Organ Music festival (Latvia), Alpentoene festival, Forum Wallis (Switzerland), etc.

As a leader of Putni Antra Dreģe has premiered and recorded more than 80 works by contemporary composers I.Riše,M.Jansson, F.Vangenheim, G.Pelēcis, R.Kyr, Ch.B.Griffin, C.Charrière, N.Gotham, M.Gribinčika, O.Harkovyy, K.Ewald, K.Pētersons, G.Šmite, H.Winkelman, J.Nīmanis, R.Dubra, I.Szeghy, S.Ratniece among others.

In 1996 A. Dreģe joined the Latvian Radio choir performing all over the world both as a choir member and soloist with conductors K.Putniņš, N.Šnē, T.Kaljuste, H.Holliger, R.Mutti, E.Ericsson etc.

Antra Drege



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