Mondrusa returns for 15-city Latvian tour

Larisa Mondrusa, a popular singer who left Latvia during the 1970s to live in exile in West Germany, will return for a 15-city tour of Latvia beginning Oct. 29 in Cēsis, Baltic Records Group has announced.

BRG in December 2003 released Kā senās dienās, a collection of Mondrusa’s most popular songs. Mondrusa at that time returned to Latvia to perform a number of concerts in Rīga and Jūrmala, the recording company said in a press release.

Two albums of her old hits in Russian were released in 2002 and 2003 in Moscow. The singer now is at work on more albums.

Mondrusa became popular as a jazz and schlager singer in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Soviet-occupied Latvia and in Moscow, according to her official Web site. But the lack of “patriotic” material in her songs caused her to fall from grace and Mondrusa decided to emigrate in 1973. In Germany she became popular using the stage name Larissa.

The concert in Cēsis is scheduled at 19.00 hours Oct. 29 in the city’s cultural center.

More information about Mondrusa is available on her Web site,

Larisa Mondrusa

Larisa Mondrusa in concert. (Photo by Vilmārs Bērziņš, courtesy of Baltic Records Group)

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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