Inga Kalna was born in Riga. After attending the E.Darzins Music School in Riga she completed her musicology studies at the Latvian Academy of Music with BMus.
Then she studied voice at the same academy and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated receiving the DipRAM, the highest award for performance. After a very successful debut as Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) she she joined at the Latvian National Opera as a soloist, where she performed parts such as Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème and Gilda in Rigoletto and took on title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor and Handel's Alcina.
In London she made quite an impression as La Contessa in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, with the orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis. Inga Kalna has twice been awarded the Latvian Theatre Prize for excellent performances, and is one of the few artists who has been given the Great Music Award of Latvia three times in tribute to her outstanding achievements. (get an overview of her won awards). In Great Britain she has received the Goldberg Operatic Prize and the Bruce Miller Memorial Trust Award. In Germany, she was awarded the Wilhelm-Oberdörfer-Preis.
In 1999 Inga Kalna became a soloist at the International Opera Studio of the Hamburgische Staatsoper.
The audience came to appreciate her convincing performances as Barena in Janacek's Jenufa, as La Dama in Macbeth as well as Olympia, Antonia und Stella in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann.
During the following season she was admired as Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Xenia in Boris Godunow, Gilda in Rigoletto, Lucia in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and as a breathtaking Violetta in "La Traviata".
Inga Kalna has been a member of the Hamburg Opera ensemble since the season of 2001/2002. She enchanted the Hamburg audience in operas such as La Bohàme, Boris Godunow and Alcina among others. Moreover, she was brilliant in leading roles of the new productions of Hans Werner Henze's We Come to the River, Dialogues des Carmelites by Poulenc and Reinhard Keiser's Der lächerliche Prinz Jodelet (The Ridiculous Prince Jodelet).
Additionally, the soprano sang to great praise at the Dresden Music Festival in a concert version of Johann Gottlieb Naumann's opera Cora und Alonzo conducted by Rene Jacobs. She continued this successful cooperation with Rene Jacobs singing the part of Armida in Händel's Rinaldo, with performances in Montpellier and at the Innsbruck Festival Weeks of Ancient Music.
Moreover they made a CD- recording which aroused great attention. With her brilliant and exceptionally flexible voice as well as with an impressive way of performing she proved here to be one of the outstanding singers of baroque music.
Critics have been unanimous in their praise of her and this reputation precedes her. During the season of 2003/04 she gave a guest performance as Violetta Valéry at the National Reis Opera of the Netherlands where the audience awarded her a standing ovation. In addition, she made an appearance in a new production of Händel's Samson at the Dutch Opera in Amsterdam.
This season (2004/05) she is to appear at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerpen/Gent as Armida in Händel's Rinaldo as well as at the Innsbruck Festival Weeks as Dorotea in Conti's Don Chisciotte, Réne Jacobs conducting. Furthermore, in 2005, she will leave her visitor's card in the premières of Rossini's Il Turco in Italia and Hindemith's Mathis der Maler and in other principal parts at the Hamburg Opera.
In addition to her comprehensive opera repertoire, Inga Kalna has fascinated her audiences with Bach's Passion music and requiems and masses by Beethoven, Gounod, Mozart, Brahms, Verdi and Fauré.
She also has sung Vier Letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) by Richard Strauss and Mahler's 4th symphony. These productions were made under conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Réne Jacobs, Alfred Eschwe, Ingo Metzmacher, Stefan Soltesz, Gerd Albrecht and Marc Soustrot.
Her schedule permitting you will have a chance to enjoy this versatile artist at concerts and song evenings, too.