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.
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.
The soloist of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Audrius Rubežius is the principal tenor among the young Lithuanian singers. Besides opera roles, he usually sings all tenor parts of symphonic oratorio genre. He performs with leading Lithuanian ensembles: Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (artistic director and chief conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (artistic. director and chief conductor Juozas Domarkas), Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (artistic director and chief conductor Saulius Sondeckis). Irena Milkevičiūtė, Sigutė Stonytė, Inesa Linaburgytė, Asta Krikščiūnaitė, Vytautas Juozapaitis, and Vladimiras Prudnikovas are not only the names, printed out together in the concert posters - they are creative partners and brilliant voices. It is impossible to imagine Lithuanian musical life without these excellent singers and artists.
The music career of Audrius Rubežius began inKlaipeda. From the age of 8 Audrius performed solo with the boys'choir "Gintarėlis". At this time the young singer won his first laurels in the popular children singing competition "Dainų dainele" ("Song of songs"). Audrius Rubežius received versatile and broad music education, which is very important for every singer. He studied piano, singing, and conducting in a children music school. Later graduated fromKlaipėdaS. Šimkus conservatory, where he studied theory of music and composition. Here he got the first lessons of professional singing with Prof O. Totorienė. In 1984 he won a second prize in the National Young Singers Competition. After the conservatory continued his vocal studies at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with Prof. Virgilijus Noreika, prominent Lithuanian tenor. At first he graduated from the Academy of music as a choir conductor, later as an opera soloist. In 1996 he won two first prizes in two national competitions — K. Banaitis Singers'Competition and B. Grincevičiūtė Chamber Singing Competition. In 1997 A. Rubežius received "Christopher" (a prestigious prize established by the Lithuanian Theatre and Cinema Association) for the Belmonte's role in W.A. Mozart's "Die Entführung aus dem Serail".
In 1995 Audrius Rubežius made his debut in the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre as Max in C. M.. von Weber's "Freischütz". Afterwards he prepared the role of Belmonte. In 1997 he won a competition for Alfredo's role in "Traviata", which was going to be staged at the Estonian National Opera, and since then he is regularly re-invited to sing various roles in this theatre.
A. Rubežius also has a wide concert repertoire. It includes various cantatas by J. S. Bach, his Mass in B minor, Johannespassion and Marcuspassionen, G.F. Handel's "Acis and Galatea", J. Haydn's "Die Jahreszeiten" and "Die Schofing", G. Rossini's "Petit mess", "Requiem" by W. A. Mozart, G. Verdi, and A. Dvorak, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, A. Honegger "Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher" (all tenor parts), F. Liszt's oratorio "Christus", "Elias" by F. Mendelsson-Bartholdy, C. Orff s "Carmina burana" and Triumpho di Afrodite", A.Sddermann's "Catholic mass", T. Nilson's "Balthasar", Masses in E-flat major and G major and "Stabat Mater", by F. Schubert, as well as many other classical and contemporary works.
Audrius Rubežius actively performs in Lithuania and abroad. He sang in Heillbron Theatre (Germany), Vaasa Opera (Finland), Estonian National Opera Theatre. In 1995 he gave concerts in Nazareth, Tel-Aviv and other cities of Israel. In 1996 and 1998 he toured Germany (concerts in Dortmund, Essen, Witten, Dusseldorf, Koln, etc). In 1996 he was touring Spain, in 1997 France with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. In the same year he gave concert in Chicago. In 1999 together with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra he toured Japan and gave concerts with St Petersburg Camerata in St. Petersburg Philarmony and Hermitage halls. At the end of 1999 the soloist performed in St. Petersburg together with Y. Temirkanov and his orchestra. In 2001 he made his debut at the Helikon Opera Theatre in Moscow, performing G. Verdi’s “La Traviata”. Later Audrius Rubežius toured the USA together with this theatre.
Soloist Audrius Rubežius collaborated with conductors Gintaras Rinkevičius, Juozas Domarkas, Saulius Sondeckis, Jonas Aleksa, Modestas Pitrėnas, Robertas Šervenikas (Lithuania), Yuri Temirkanov (Russia), Paul Magi (Estonia), Ingo Ernst Reihl (Germany), Olga Getzy (USA), Hannu Norjonen (Finland), Tomasz Bugay (Poland), Jacek Kaspszyk (Poland), Rolf Beck (Germany). He worked with stage directors Jonas Vaitkus, Eligijus Domarkas, Jonas Jurašas, Dalia Ibelhauptaitė, Eimuntas Nekrošius (Lithuania), Neeme Kunning (Estonia) Monika Wisler (Austria), Dima Bertman (Russia), David Alden (USA), Robert Wilson (USA), Francesca Zambello (USA), Mariusz Trelinski (Poland). He also takes part in principal Lithuanian music festivals — Vilnius Festival, Trakai festival, Pazaislis Festival. He sang in Schrunz Muzikfest (Austria) and Siauliai Sacred Music Festival. Besides, he gave concerts with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (Estonia), Belarussian State Symphony Orchestra and Minsk Chamber Orchestra (Belarus), Witten University Orchestra and Choir (Germany). In 1999 the soloist perfonned Argirio in G. Rossini's "Tancredo", which was perfonned in Vilnius Festival together with the Jury Bashmet orchestra. At the beginning of 2001 Audrius Rubezius, together with Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich, perform IX Symphony of L. Beethoven at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris. In the same year, Audrius Rubezius sang W. A Mozart’s Requiem in Germany, dedicated to the victims of terrorism in USA and conducted by Justus Franz. In 2002 he participated in the performance of Beethoven’s IX Symphony in Bologna (Italy), conducted by K. Penderetsky. In 2003 he sang K. Penderstsky’s and A. Bruckner’s Te Deums at the Penderetsky festival which took place in Colmar (France). In 2005 Audrius Rubežius sang Beethoven’s IX Symphony in G. Verdi Conservatory’s Big Hall in Milan (conducted by Danielle Ferrari) as well as together with Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (conductor Robertas Servenikas) in Northern Countries Music Festival at Bodø. With the LNOBT opera company, he toured the Ravenna Festival (Siegmund in Die Walkűre) and the Ljubljana Festival (Naraboth in Salome) in 2007. On November 30 of the same year he sang the role of Sailor inKaunas in a newly presented opera by J. Kačinskas “The Black Ship”. In 2008 he created the roles of Shuisky in M. Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” (directed byMariush Trelinski,Poland), Don. Ygnacio in P. Eötvös’ “Love and Other Demons” and Nemorino in Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore”.
Belmonte (W. A. Mozart "Die Entführung aus dem Serail")
Don Ottavio (W. A. Mozart "Don Giovanni")
Ferando (W. A. Mozart "Cosi fan tutte")
Argirio (G. Rossini "Tancredi")
Edgardo (G. Donizetti "Lucia di Lammermoor")
Baron of Gypsies (J. Strauss "Der Zigeunerbaron")
Hoffmann (J. Offenbach "Les contes d’Hoffmann")
Max (C. M. vom Weber "Freischütz")
Alfredo (G. Verdi "La traviata")
Trabucco (G. Verdi "La forza del destino")
Faust (Ch. Gounod 'Faust")
Naraboth, I Jude (R. Strauss "Salome")
Jontek (S. Moniuszko "Halka")
Pong (G. Puccini "Turandot")
Dom José (G. Bizet "Carmen")
German, Chekalinsky (P. Tchaikovsky "The Queen of Spades")
Don Carlos (G. Verdi "Don Carlos")
Duca (G. Verdi "Rigoletto")
Rinuccio (G. Puccini "Gianni Schicchi")
Siegmund (R. Wagner "Die Walküre")
Andrea Chènier (U. Giordano "Andrea Chènier")
Steuermann (R. Wagner "Der fliegende Holländer")
Rūtenis (V. Klova "Pilėnai")
Jurgelis (B. Dvarionas "Dalia")
Brother (M. Petrauskas "Birutė")
Bakfarkas (G. Kuprevičius "Queen Bona")
Shuisky (M. Mussorgsky "Boris Godunov")
Konrad Wallenrod (A. Ponchielli "I Lituani")
Sailor (J. Kačinskas "The Black Ship”)
Cassio (G. Verdi "Otello”)
Pirelli (S. Sondheim "Sweeney Todd")
Governor, Vanderdendur, Charles Edward (L Bernstein "Candide")
Eisenstein (J. Strauss " Die Fledermaus"), etc.
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.
Jonas Valuckas (1950) joined the Lithuanian Opera and Ballet Theatre as a soloist in 1977 (in 1978 he graduated from the Lithuanian Music Academy under Doc. V. Česas) and created over 100 tenor parts in different musical works. Together with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre he has performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, G. Verdi Opera music Festival in Busseto (Italy), Savonlinna opera music Festival (Finland),Heilbronn(Germany), etc. There are a lot of records by Jonas Valuckas accumulated in the Lithuanian Radio and TV foundation.
Ernesto (G. Donizetti "Don Paquale“)
Almaviva (G. Rossini "Il barbiere di Siviglia“)
Žemynėlis (J. Juozapaitis "Bird of the Seas“)
Burattino, Pier (J. Gaižauskas "Burattino”)
Steuerman (R. Wagner "Der fliegende Hollander“)
Marshalka (B. Kutavičius "The Bear“)
Ovlur (A. Borodin "Prince Igor“)
Misail (M. Mussorgsky "Boris Godunov“)
Triquet (P. Tchaikovsky "Eugene Onegin“)
Dr. Blind (J. Strauss "Die Fledermaus“)
Klem (B. Britten "Let's Make an Opera“)
Soldier (V. Kolva "Pilėnai“)
Ismail, Abdal (G. Verdi "Nabucco“),
Gastone, Josef (G. Verdi "La Traviata“),
Herald (G. Verdi "Aida“),
Spoletta (G. Puccini "Tosca“),
Andres, Cochenille, Franz, Pitichinaccio (J. Offenbach "Tales of Hoffmann“),
Lerma (G. Verdi "Don Carlos“),
Gerard (G. Verdi "Gianni Schicchi“),
Chaplitsky (P. Tchaikovsky "The Queen of Spades“),
Judge, Servant (G. Verdi "Un ballo in maschera“),
Remendado (G. Bizet "Carmen“),
Pong (G. Verdi "Turandot“),
Barnab, Gushcha (B. Dvarionas "Dalia”)
Borsa (G. Verdi "Rigoletto“)
Don Curzio (W. A. Mozart "Le nozze di Figaro”)
Blowie the Wind (J. Tamulionis "The Tiny Lingonberry"), etc.