Opera Soloists / Tenors
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.
In 2002 – 2010 Tomas Pavilionis studied vocal performance at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (class of prof. Vytautas Juozapaitis). In 2009 and 2010 he became a laureate of the Stasys Baras singing competition and in 2014 was bestowed the Opera Hope of the Year award for his roles of Cornet, Count Almaviva and Alfredo.
In 2006 T. Pavilionis went on tour in the USA, performed at the Lithuanian Opera Company of Chicago. In 2008 he performed with the symphony orchestra of Kaunas, participated in the musical project “The Arc of Triumph” (Lithuanian National Television). In 2008 and 2010 he prepared roles for the New Opera Festival NOA, Baltic Chamber Opera Theatre, participated in an international project dedicated to the anniversary of G. Puccini, performed Gherardo in “Gianni Schicchi”. T. Pavilionis is the member of the crossover music band “El Fuego”, is actively giving concerts in Lithuania and abroad. From 2009 to 2014 Tomas Pavilionis was a soloist with the Klaipėda State Musical Theatre, since 2014 he has been a soloist with the LNOBT.
Cornet (O. Narbutaitė “Cornet”)
Count Almaviva (G. Rossini “Il barbiere di Siviglia”)
Alfredo (G. Verdi “La traviata”)
Nemorino (G. Donizetti “L’elisir d’amore”)
Alfred (J. Strauss “Die Fledermaus”)
Lenksy (P. Tchaikovsky “Eugene Onegin”)
Rodolfo (G. Puccini “La boheme”)
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.