The official history of Latvian opera began in 1912, when the Latvian Opera was established in Riga by Pavuls Jurjans. Latvian National Opera (LNO) is a repertory Opera House in Riga, Latvia. Repertoire includes opera and ballet performances, which are displayed within the opera season (from mid-September until the end of May). During one opera season, Opera displays nearly 200 opera performances, and opera prepares an average of 6 new productions each year. Great Hall of Opera has 946 seats, the New Opera Hall - 250 to 300 seats. Opera employs over 600 opera staff members: 28 opera soloists, 105 opera orchestra musicians, 62 opera choir artists and 70 opera ballet troupe members. Opera is located in the city center canal green band. Riga`s Opera house was one of the first buildings to get full make-over after Soviet times.