Opera Soloists / Tenors

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Rafailas Karpis

Rafailas Karpis started his musical activities in the boys’ and youth choir “Ąžuoliukas“, studied at the “Ąžuoliukas“ School of Music. In 2007 he received an MA Diploma of Vocal Performance studies and graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (prof. Virgilijus Noreika‘s class). In 1999 he won 1st Prize and Grand Prix at the Young Singers of the Baltic Region competition held inTartu(Estonia). In 2003 R. Karpis made his debut at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre as Njegus in F. Lehar’s operetta “Die lustige Witwe” and has been a soloist with the LNOBT since 2007. In 2008 he won a “Švyturiai“ Award as Opera Hope of the Year and in 2010 received another Award as the best performer of supporting roles.

Rafailas Karpis is often collaborating with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (L. Bernstein’s “Mass”, A. Honegger’s “Joan of Arc at the Stake“, etc.), performing together with the “Bohemians” troupe and at the Music Festival in Tytuvėnai, Festival of Music and Ecology “Land of the Disobedient” in Neringa. He also participated in a unique project of music and cinema “Cinemusique: Charlie Chaplin XXI”. The soloist performed in Finland,Sweden, USA, France, Slovenia, etc.


Njegus (F. Lehar “Die lustige Witwe“)
Gastone (G. Verdi “La Traviata“), 
Remendado (G. Bizet “Carmen“), 
Don Basilio (W. A. Mozart “Le nozze di Figaro“), 
Roderigo (G. Verdi “Otello“), 
Goro (G. Puccini “Madam Butterfly“), 
Josef (J. Strauss “Wiener Blut“), 
Jingle the Dwarf and Blowie the Wing (J. Tamulionis “The Tiny Lingonberry“), 
Misail and the Boyar (M. Mussorgsky “Boris Godunovas“), 
Guschia, Barnab (B. Dvarionas “Dalia“), 
Triquet (P. Tchaikovsky “Eugene Onegin“), 
Monostatos (W. A. Mozart “Die Zauberflöte“), 
Vain Man and Snake (R. Portman “The Little Prince“),
Tobias (S. Sondheim “Sweeney Todd“), 
Sundshtein (M. Petrauskas “Birutė“), 
Prosecutor Corn (J. Juzeliūnas “The Game“), 
The Drunkard (C. W. Gluck “The Reformed Drunkard“)
Cosmetic Merchant, Alchemist, Inquisitor, Judge, Achmet, Captain, the Crook, Senor (L. Bernstein "Candide")
Blind (J. Strauss „Die Fledermaus"),
Nobleman of Brabant (R. Wagner "Lohengrin") etc.


Vytautas Kurnickas

A soloist of Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, a member of Lithuanian Theatre Union and Lithuanian Union of Musicians – was born on July 23, 1955 in the region of Panevėžys.

From 1969 till 1973 he studied at the Conservatory in Panevėžys, from 1974 till 1978 at J. Gruodis conservatory in Kaunas under lecturer A.Barniškis. From 1978 till 1984 he studied singing at the Lithuanian Aacdemy of Music and Theatre under professor V. Daunoras.

Vytautas Kurnickas is the 3rd prize-winner of the Republican Competition of Young Conductors, 3rd prize-winner of the Competition of Young Performers (1973, 1978), diploma holder of Inter – republican Competition of Young Performers in Tallinn(1982).

From 1984 till 1985 he was a soloist of Kaunas Musical Theatre, from 1994 the soloist of the People’s opera in Klaipėda, from 1998 till 1996 the soloist of Klaipėda Musical Theatre, and from 1994 he has been a soloist of Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. On the stages of Vilnius and Klaipėda he has created more than 20 roles.

His solo concerts are known for the performed tenor roles of oratories and cantatas by W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven A. Caldaro, as well as Lithuanian composers, such as Br. Budriūnas, J. Kačinskas, St. Šimkus, J. Žilevičius and others. On his own initiative V. Kurnickas organized evenings in honour of Lithuanian poets V. Bložė, V. Onaitis, J. Lapašinkas, V. Kazokas, Pr. Lembertas, J. Aistis, J. A .Jūragis, L. Šimkutė, Lithuanian composers V. Klova, V. Kairiūkštis, A. Belazaras, J. Stankūnas, G. Gudauskienė, Br. Budriūnas, O. Metrikienė, and others.

There are quite a few CD and tape records of the singer made in Lithuania, Germany, France, and USA. Lithuanian emigrant composers G.Nasvytytė – Gudauskienė (USA) and J.Stankūnas (USA) have published their authors’ music albums, where many vocal works were performed by opera soloist V.Kurnickas. The singer had his singing of more than 200 different vocal works of different authors recorded for Lithuanian radio music funds, has organized several recitals in Lithuanian Television. He has frequently guest performed abroad with various musical groups. In Lithuania V.Kurnickas’ organized music and poetry evenings, devoted to the ecology “Man and Nature”, have become particularly popular. For each evening Vytautas has written one or more songs. He has published collections of songs “The Birch Groves of Native Land”, “Songs about Nature” (1996), “White Fairytale” (1998), “To Mother”, “To Father” (1999). Vytautas Kurnickas has published an audiocassette “Songs and Romances of Lithuanian Composers inAmerica”. Together with the opera soloist J.Čiurilaitė he has published two audiocassettes and CD “Songs, Arias, and Duets”. V. Kurnickas has exhibited his works of art (painting and carving) in Lithuanian National Philharmonic, Lithuanian Cultural Fund, The House of Artists inKaunas, in Vilnius Town Hall, Teachers’ House in Vilnius, etc.


Pedro  (G. Bizet "Doctor Miracle“) 
Eduardo (G. Rossini "La cambiale di matrimonio“)
Don Jose  (G. Bizet "Carmen“) 
Nemorino (G. Donizetti "L'elisir d'amore“)
Guest (G. Kuprevičius "There, Inside“)
Doctor (A. Remesa "To Exchange Hear for Heart“)
Herald (A. Zhurbin „Penelope“)
Arlekino (R. Leoncavallo "Pagliacci“)
Rūtenis (V. Klova "Pilėnai“)
Rene (F. Lehar "Count Luxemburg“) 
Turidu (P. Mascagni "Cavaleria Rusticana“) 
Hoffmann (J. Offenbach "Tales of Hoffmann“)
Cavaradossi (G. Puccini "Tosca“) 
Calaf (G. Puccini "Turandot“) 
Lindoro (G. Rossini "L'italiana in Algeri“)  
Barinkay (J. Strauss "Der Zigeunerbaron"
Lensky, Trike (P. Tchaikovsky "Eugene Onegin“) 
German (P. Tchaikovsky "The Queen of Spades“)  
Alfredo (G. Verdi "La Traviata“)  
Radames (G. Verdi "Aida“) 
Makduff (G. Verdi "Macbeth“)
Ricardo (G. Verdi "Un ballo in maschera“) 
Erik (R. Wagner "Der fliegende Hollander“) 
Max (C. M. von Weber "Der Freischütz“) 
Alvaro (G. Verdi "La forza del destino“)
Skudutis (B. Dvarionas "Dalia“)
Kristupas (A. Žigaitytė "Mažvydas“)
Roderigo (G. Verdi „Otello”)
Blind (J. Strauss „Die Fledermaus"),
Nobleman of Brabant (R. Wagner "Lohengrin") etc. 


Tomas Pavilionis

Edmundas Seilius


Edmundas Seilius is a graduate of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Music and a Master’s degree in Voice. His other European study has included master classes in Germany, Poland, and Italy. He is currently a member of the Opéra national du Rhin’s young artist program (Les Jeunes Voix du Rhin) and was in residence in France for the 2007-2008 operatic season. His assignment included leading roles, supporting roles, covers, and numerous concerts and recitals.

His Italian operatic debut was as Rodolfo (Puccini’s La Boheme) while a member of the Professional Study program ofOperaIschia in Italy (2007). During 2006-2007 he completed a year of post-graduate study at the New England Conservatory (Boston, MA) as a student of tenor Vinson Cole. While there, he made his Boston operatic debut as Rinuccio (Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi) at the Majestic Theatre. As a Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist in March 2007, he made his Chicago debut as Eurimaco in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, working with conductor Jane Glover and stage director Diane Paulus.

His United States operatic debut was in April 2006 as Alfredo (Verdi’s La Traviata) for the gala opening of the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts in Amarillo, Texas. In 2006, Seilius was in the Dallas Opera’s Emerging Artists program, singing The Boy in Baska’s Red Carnations, as well as concerts of Mozart arias with Maestro Graeme Jenkins and the DallasOpera Theater.

Edmundas Seilius is a soloist with the Lithuanian National Operain Vilnius, and guest soloist at the Kaunas Music Theatre. His roles include Roméo, Nemorino, Camille de Rousillon (Die lustige Witve), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), and Pang (Turandot). In 2004, he sang the role of Léopold in Günther Krämer’s production of Halévy’s La Juive, filmed for Lithuanian National television. His recording credits include the role of Anna’s brother in Weill’s Die sieben Todsünden for the Lithuanian National Opera. He also sang Narraboth (Strauss’s Salome) with the Polish National Opera on tour in Japan, including the Narita Music Festival.

On the concert stage, Mr. Seilius has been featured in works of Mozart, Monteverdi, Rossini, Dvorak, Donizetti, Schütz and Saint-Saëns. He has been featured in solo recitals in the United States (New York, Boston and Chicago) and Lithuania.


Leopold (J. F. Halévy "La Juive“)
Nemorino (G. Donizetti "L'elisir d'amore“)
Romeo (Ch. Gounod "Romeo and Juliet“)
Pang  (G. Puccini "Turandot“)
Jurgelis (B. Dvarionas "Dalia“)
Rinucci (G. Puccini "Gianni Schicchi“)
Camille (F. Lehar "Die lustige Witwe“)
Alfredo (G. Verdi "La traviata“)
Duke (G. Verdi "Rigoletto“)
Pirelli (S. Sondheim "Sweeney Todd“)
Count Almaviva (G. Rossini "Il barbiere di Siviglia“)
Rudolfo (G. Puccini "La Boheme“)
Don Ottavio (W. A. Mozart "Don Giovanni“)    
Jingle the Dward (J. Tamulionis "The Tiny Lingonberry“) 
Edgardo (G. Donizetti "Liucia di Lammermoor“)
Count Cedlau (J.Strauss"Wiener Blut“)
Cassio (G. Verdi "Otello“) 
Lensky (P. Tchaikovsky "Eugene Onegin“)
Alfred (J. Strauss „Die Fledermaus"), etc.