Inga Kalna studied singing and musicology at the Latvian Music Academy. Her debut as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) led to an engagement as a soloist at the Latvian National Opera. After local successes she went abroad to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Inga Kalna has won the Latvian Theatre Award twice and is one of the very few singers to have been awarded the Great Music Award of Latvia three times.
From 2001 to 2007, Inga Kalna joined the soloists of the Hamburg Staatsoper. Guest appearances brought her to the Netherlands Opera Amsterdam, the Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels, the Tampere Opera in Finland, the festivals of Salzburg (First Lady in Die Zauberflöte under Riccardo Muti) and Aix-en-Provence, and (as Alcina) the Opéra National de Paris and La Scala in Milan. She regularly appears in Riga where she sings new roles such as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Desdemona in Otello. She made her Moscow debut as Elettra in Idomeneo.
Inga Kalna’s cooperation with René Jacobs has seen her appear as Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo (also released on CD by harmonia mundi), Dorotea in Conti’s Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena, Xantippe in Telemann’s Der geduldige Sokrates (Innsbruck and Berlin Staatsoper), and at the Dresden Festival.
In concert, Inga Kalna has worked with Gerd Albrecht, Sir Colin Davis, Ingo Metzmacher, Stefan Soltesz, Marc Soustrot, and Simone Young, among others.