Orchestra



Conductors:

Robertas Šervenikas, music director
Martynas Staškus
Alvydas Šulčys

Henrikas Tarvydas, Director of Orchestra
Vilius Masilionis, Inspector of Orchestra

Angelė Litvaitytė, Concertmaster

Since its very inception, the LNOBT Orchestra has been inseparable from the activities of the theatre. It was founded in 1920 when the Lithuanian Opera House opened with the production of Verdi's La traviata. Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa became the first conductor of the orchestra. From then on its repertoire has expanded enormously to include the masterpieces by Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Mozart, Gounod, Musorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Karnavicius, Raciunas, Klova and many other great composers. Over the years the LNOBT orchestra has collaborated with an outstanding roster of famous Lithuanian conductors, such as Mykolas Bukša, Leiba Hofmekleris, Vytautas Marijošius, Algimantas Kalinauskas, Isajus Altermanas, Rimas Geniušas, Vytautas Viržonis, Chaimas Potasinskas, Jonas Aleksa, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Juozas Domarkas, and many others. The orchestra currently performs under the music director Robertas Šervenikas, conductors Martynas Staškus and Alvydas Šulčys, guest conductors Gintaras Rinkevičius, Modestas Pitrėnas, Mantas Jauniškis. Lately the orchestra has also been collaborating closely with guest conductors Rolf Beck (Germany), Giorgio Croci (Italy), Daniele Rustioni (Italy), Domonkos Heja (Hungary), etc. The orchestra currently consists of 100 musicians.  
 

The LNOBT Orchestra has also appeared in solo concerts and with the LNOBT Chorus, performing various symphonic and choral compositions. On the occasion of the LNOBT's 80th anniversary in 2000, the orchestra performed and recorded Verdi's Requiem. 


The orchestra of the LNOBT is also performing as an independent ensemble, often collaborating with the chorus of the LNOBT. The orchestra has participated 8 times in the International Music Festival in Murten, Switzerland, in 2007 and 2009 it toured Santandero Festival, taking place in Spain.   


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