Opera Soloists / Baritones
Arūnas Malikėnas (b. 1958) started his early singing career at the famous “Ąžuoliukas” boys choire. In 1985 he graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (prof. V. Noreika‘s class) and immediately became a soloist with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Mr. Malikėnas also performs in many symphonies and oratorios, including G. F. Handel’s “Samson” (1985 in Saint Petersburg), C. Orff “Carmina Burana”, J. Brahms “A German Requiem“, L. van Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 9, G. Puccini‘s “Messa di Gloria”, G. Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, D. Kablevsky‘s “Requiem” and others.
In 2010 he received an “Operos Švyturiai“ Award for his masterly performances of secondary roles in different operas.
Together with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Mr. Malikėnas performed at the G. Verdi Festival in Le Roncole, Italy (1992), in Holland (1993, 1994, 1995) and at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland (1993; the role of Enrico in G. Donizetti‘s “Lucia di Lammermoor”). The soloist also gave concerts in Austria, South America and the USA, Canada, Russia, Italy and elsewhere.
Since 1992 Mr. Malikėnas has been teaching at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
Caspar (G. Donizetti "Rita“)
Germont, Barone Douphol (G. Verdi „Traviata“)
Silvano (G. Verdi "Un ballo in maschera“),
Melitone (G. Verdi "La forza del destino“),
Gianni Schicchi (G. Puccini "Gianni Schicchi“),
Yamadori (G. Puccini "Madama Butterfly“),
Ping (G. Puccini "Turandot“)
Tobias Mill (G. Rossini "La cambiale di matrimonio“),
Figaro (G. Rossini "Il barbiere di Siviglia“)
Enrico (G. Donizetti "Lucia di Lammermoor“)
Dulcamara (G.Donizetti "L'elisir d'amore“)
Vitoldo (A. Ponchielli "I Lituani“)
Valentin (Ch. Gounod "Faust“)
Ruggero (F. Halevy "La Juive“)
Dancairo, Morales (G. Bizet "Carmen“)
Count Almaviva (W. A. Mozart "Le nozze di Figaro“)
Monostatos (W. A. Mozart "The Magic Flute“)
Kagler (J. Strauss "Wiener Blut“)
Maršalka (B. Kutavičius "The Bear“)
Drunkard (B. Dvarionas "Dalia“)
The Cat (J. Gaižauskas "Burattino“)
Priest (M. Petrauskas „Birutė“)
Citizen of Pilėnai (V. Klova "Pilėnai“)
Businessman (R. Portman "The Little Prince“)
Shchelkalov, Varlaam (M. Mussorgsky "Boris Godunov“)
Beadle Bamford (S.Sondheim "Sweeney Todd“)
Maximilian (L. Bernstein "Candide")
Falke (J. Strauss „Die Fledermaus"),
Nobleman of Brabant (R. Wagner "Lohengrin") etc.
Arvydas Markauskas came to Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in 1980 after the graduation from the Lithuanian State Conservatory, the class of Virgilijus Noreika. Soon after, he consolidated himself among the main baritones and created parts like Onegin, Iago, Escamillo, Marcello, Count in "Der Wildschutz", Smirnov, etc. Later, in 1988 A. Markauskas performed his favorite part of Rigoletto, which he considers being the king of baritone parts. Last decade in the creative biography of the singer is marked by other three roles in G.Verdi's operas: together with the part of Germont he performed Count di Luna, Macbeth and Nabucco. Parts like Scarpia, Erdvili, Zurga, Cuno and others have also supplemented the repertory of the soloist.
The singer has won laurels of many different competitions. During his study years in 1976 in Riga, the soloist was granted the 2nd Prize at the Singers Competition. He became a laureate of the international competition in 1980 and of M. Glinka's Competition in 1981 (the chairman of jury I. Archipova). In 1986 A. Markauskas was conferred the name of the Honoured Artist for his merits to the art of music theatre in Lithuania.
After Lithuania gained its independence and the borders were opened, A. Markauskas became a frequent visitor and assistant to the Lithuanian Opera in Chicago. He has performed in opera productions of "La Traviata", "Les Pecheurs de Perles", "L'elisir d'amore". Together with the troupe of the theatre A. Markauskas has taken part in the Splitt Opera Festival in Yugoslavia, where he appeared as Amonasro and Iago, awarded with the special prize, and in the Savonlinna Festival in Finland as Nabucco. He performed in "Don Carlos" in Germany, in "Otello" in Poland, also on stage of the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, toured in St. Petersburg, Riga, and others.
A. Markauskas gives concerts, too. Together with his wife pianist Irena Čiurilaitė he has given a lot of evenings of chamber music. Together with Sigutė Stonytė soloist went on concert tour to seven cities of USA. A. Markauskas has taken part in two productions of C. Orff s scenic cantata "Carmina burana" under the conducting of professor J. Domarkas and maestro G. Rinkevičius. It was also performed in Italy. The soloist appeared in J. Brahms' "Ein deutsches Requiem". Dagon's prophet in C. Saint - Saens opera "Samson et Dalila" peformed by the singer under the conductor J.Domarkas is also noteworthy.
Margiris, Ūdrys (V. Klova "Pilėnai")
Karlsson (V. Telksnys "The Little One")
Rodrigo (G. Verdi "Don Carlos")
Amonasro (G. Verdi "Aida"),
Maršalka (B. Kutavičius "The Bear"),
Drunkard (B. Dvarionas "Dalia")
Registrar (G. Puccini "Madama Butterfly")
Eskamillo (G. Bizet "Carmen")
Zurga (G. Bizet "Pearl Fishers")
Belcore (G. Donizetti "L'elisir d'amore")
The Count (A. Lortzing "The Poacher")
Mazetto (W. A. Mozart "Don Giovanni")
Luther, Crespel (J. Offenbach "The Tales of Hoffmann")
Erdvilis (A. Ponchielli "I Lituani")
Scarpia (G. Puccini "Tosca")
Marcello (G. Puccini "La Bohene")
Prosdocimo (G. Rossini "Il Turco in Italia")
Priest (C. Saint-Saens "Samson et Dalila")
Frank (J. Strauss "Die Fledermaus")
Onegin (P. Čaikovskij "Eugene Onegin")
Nabucco (G. Verdi "Nabucco")
Macbeth (G. Verdi "Macbeth")
Iago (G. Verdi "Otello")
Conte di Luna „G. Verdi "Il Trovatore")
Germont (G. Verdi "La Traviata")
Smirnov (W. Walton "The Bear")
Kuno (C. M. von Weber "Der Freischutz“) ir kt.
In 1989-1994 Mr. Stumbras studied Chorus Conducting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, in 2000 received his MA Diploma in Vocal Performance (class of prof. Vytautas Juozapaitis). In 1989 he won 1st Pize at the Republican Competition of Conductors. As an opera soloist, he made his debut at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in 2000 with the role of Giorgio Germont in G. Verdi's "La Traviata".
In 2002 Mr. Stumbras received an "Operos Švyturiai" Award as Opera Hope of the Year, three years later was awarded an "Operos Švyturiai" Award as Male Opera Soloist of the Year.
In 2002 he made his debut at Latvian National Opera, 2003 – Estonian National Opera, 2004 – 2005 – Lithuanian Opera Company inChicago, 2004 Krakow’s Opera, 2005 – The Bolshoi Theatre inMoscow, Tbilisi Opera, Macedonian National Opera. Dainius Stumbras has collaborated with such conductors as G. Rinkevičius, J. Domarkas, S. Sondeckis, J. Aleksa, A.Vedernikov, V.Viržonis, M. Staškus, D. Katkus, J. Geniušas, V.Lukočius, V.Gionenvein, J. Alperten, A. Nelsons, A. Kanonici, A. Strasinsky, K. Zender, K. Rici Brinjoli, etc.
Mr. Stumbras has toured Sweden, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Belarus, Russia, Slovenia, Estonia, USA, Macedonia, Georgia, Latvia and elsewhere.
Giorgio Germont (G. Verdi "La Traviata“)
Conte di Luna (G. Verdi "Il trovatore“)
Nabucco (G. Verdi "Nabucco“ )
Renato (G. Verdi "Un ballo in maschera“)
Amonasro (G. Verdi "Aida”)
Don Carlo di Vargas (G. Verdi "La forza del destino“)
Rigoletto (G. Verdi "Rigoletto“)
Enrico (G. Donizetti "Lucia di Lammermoor”)
Alfio (P. Mascagni "Cavaleria rusticana“)
Tomsky, Jeletsky (P. Čaikovskis "The Queen of Spades“)
Eskamillo (G. Bizet "Carmen“)
Radvila (B. Dvarionas „Dalia“)
Ford (G. Verdi "Falstaff“)
Tonio (R. Leoncavallo "Pagliacci“)
Sharpless (G. Puccini "Madama Butterfly“)
Sweeney Todd (S. Sondheim "Sweeney Todd“)
Marcello (G. Puccini "La Boheme")
Pappageno (W. A. Mozart "The Magic Flute“)
Ruprecht (S. Prokofjev "Fiery Angel“)
Lescaut (G. Puccini "Manon Lescaut")
Ezio (G. Verdi "Attila“)
Belcore (G. Donizetti "L'Elisir d'amore“)
Arnoldo (A. Ponchielli "I Lituani“)
Count Almaviva (W. A. Mozart "Le nozze di Figaro“)
Iago (G. Verdi "Otello”),
Onegin (P. Tchaikovsky „Eugene Onegin")
Friedrich of Telramund (R. Wagner "Lohengrin") etc.