Seminar of Opera Critics "The Great Verdi in Lithuania"

On 10 October Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre shall hold the VIII International Seminar of Opera Critics titled “The Great Verdi in Lithuania”.

In order to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi, LNOBT decided to present a whole week of special events dedicated to this composer. The stage of the LNOBT was never short of Verdi opera productions – it is enough to mention the unique tradition of “La TRAVIATA” that’s been going on for many decades… And now, our newest premiere is Verdi’s early work “ERNANI”. How could we compare the Verdi tradition in Lithuania to the traditions that surround Verdi’s legacy abroad?

These questions inspired to invite critics for a collective conversation about Verdi’s operas in Lithuania and abroad. The Seminar is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

10 October, Thursday
Red  Foyer of the LNOBT
9:30 – 10:00 Registration of the participants
10:00 – 10:15 Opening of the Seminar

Giuseppe Verdi Today

10:15 – 10:45 Giulia Vannoni (Italy). Who is Verdi in Italy Today?

10:45 – 11:30 Boris Kehrmann (Germany). Eimuntas Nekrošius’s Production of Verdi’s "Otello" (LNOBT, March 2011) Seen from a Non-Lithuanian Perspective

11:30 – 12:00 Paolo Patrizi (Italy). The Risk of Memory: Few Unusual Interpretations of “Rigoletto”

12:00–12:30 Coffee Break

Giuseppe Verdi in Lithuania and around

12:30 – 13:00 Edmundas Gedgaudas (Lithuania). Pre-War Verdi Productions in the Post-War City of Kaunas

13:00 – 13:30 Laima Vilimienė (Lithuania). Giuseppe Verdi as a brand

13:30 – 14:00 Mikus Čeže (Latvia). On a changeable attidude towards "La TRAVIATA" in Latvia

14:00 – 15:00 Discussion The Great Verdi in Lithuania: Giulia Vannoni, Paolo Patrizi, Boris Kehrmann, Edmundas Gedgaudas, Laima Vilimienė, Mikus Čeže, as well as all those who wish to express their opinions.

If you are interested in participation, please inform us until 8 October 2013 by sending an e-mail to or calling +370 5 261 0493.


Giuseppe Verdi Week at LNOBT:

17:30 – Meeting with the director of “Rigoletto“ Gintaras Varnas.

18:30 – LNOBT’s “Rigoletto”. Final performance of a production directed in 2003 by Gintaras Varnas. Set designer Jūratė Paulėkaitė, costume designer Juozas Statkevičius. Cast: Anna Siminska (Poland), Dainius Stumbras, Emundas Seilius, Tadas Girininkas, Inesa Linaburgytė, Liudas Norvaišas, Ramūnas Urbietis, etc. Conductor Martynas Staškus. 

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