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LNOBT Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Robertas Šervenikas



World-famous for his intense and original interpretations of opera characters, as well as for his unconventional and innovative concert performances, José Cura is a familiar name atop the marquees of the most prestigious theaters. But Cura is much more than an operatic star: as a trained composer and conductor and as an established opera director and stage designer, José Cura is a multifaceted artist focused on using music to entertain and educate.

After studying composition and orchestra conducting in his home town, Rosario (Argentina), in 1984 José Cura moved to Buenos Aires. To gain insights into theater life, from 1984 to 1988 he worked in one of the professional choirs of the Teatro Colón. He stayed there until 1991, the year in which he moved to Europe to begin a singing career that would become legendary.

In 1999, José Cura resumed his conducting career, having worked since then with top orchestras like the London Philharmonia, the London Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Toscanini Orchestra, and the Hungarian Philharmonic, among others, in both operatic and symphonic works. José Cura has released several well-received recordings, including a powerful version of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2: “I have listened to several recordings of this work recently. Janssons with the St Petersburg sounds more natural but lacks the same impulse as Cura’s. Sanderling and the Philharmonia are so much broader, but are not remotely as exciting. Svetlanov's battered and cut 1960s recording is perhaps the closest in urgency to Cura's. A performance dreamt about, but which you never imagined you would experience” (Classical Music Editor).

2007 saw the world-premiere of La Commedia è finita — a re-imagining of Pagliacci coupled with dance and mime, designed and directed by José Cura — marked the beginning of his career as a stage director and designer. In 2010 Cura sets the scenery, directs and stars Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila at the Badisches Staatstheater, engraving a skillful and innovative take on the French classic: “The exceptional project lent wings to the ensemble and created an artistic result that would do credit to any international operatic stage” (Opernglas). The production is available on DVD. The unanimous plaudits of the audience and critics for his La Rondine (Opéra national de Lorraine), Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci (Opéra Royal de Wallonie), both in 2012, consolidated him as director of distinction. His production of Otello at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires was selected one of the most successful productions of 2013 by international voting.

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Jovita Vaškevičiūtė, mezzosoprano


In 2004 Jovita Vaškevičiūtė graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (class of prof. Sigutė Stonytė). Several times during her study years she became a laureate of the Zenonas Paulauskas’ competition of young opera singers. In 2004-2006 she was a trainee at the Opera Studio of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, supervised by professors Virgilijus Noreika and Vytautas Viržonis, and successfully participated in all concerts of the Studio. J. Vaškevičiūtė made her debut on the main stage of the LNOBT in 2006 as Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera, and in that same year received the Švyturys award as Opera Hope of the Year. Her repertoire includes Suzuki in G. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly directed by Anthony Minghella, Mirta in V. Klova’s Pilėnai, Nanny and Olga ir P. Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Amneris  in G. Verdi’s Aida, Maddalena in G. Verdi’s Rigoletto, Carmen in G. Bizet’s Carmen, Emilia in G. Verdi’s Otello, the Countess and Marquis in O. Narbutaitė’s Cornet, Orlovsky in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and other roles. She was especially successful as Dominga in Peter Eötvös’ opera Love and Other Demons – after its premiere in Vilnius the soloist was invited to recreate the role in Opera Cologne (Germany) and the opera theatre of Strasbourg (France).


J. Vaškevičiūtė is often performing at the Estonian National Opera, Vanemuine Theatre, Latvian National Opera, Opera National du Rhin (France), Opera Cologne and together with the Vilnius City Opera. She toured in Macao (China) with the theatre of Riga.


The soloist is often performing with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Musica Humana, her concert repertoire includes G. Verdi, M. Durufle and A. Dvorak’s Requiem, A. Honnegger’s Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher, G. Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, L van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Elijah, etc.


J. Vaškevičiūtė has toured in Russia, Poland, Belarus, Spain.

Tadas Girininkas, Bass

In 2009 Tadas Girininkas obtained the Master‘s Degree at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (class of prof. V. Prudnikovas).
 His recent remarkable debuts include Colline in La Boheme together with the Vilnius City Opera, Maliuta Skuratov in Tsar’s Bride at the Kaunas State Musical Theatre, De Silva in Ernani and Heinrich in Lohengrin at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. Other repertoire of T. Girininkas consists of the main roles written for a bass, such as Zuniga in Carmen, Sparafucile in Rigoletto (Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre), the second armoured man in The Magic Flute, Johann in Werther, Commander and Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Geronte di Revoir in Manon Lescaut, Don Alfonso in  Cosi fan tutte (Vilnius City Opera), Escamillo in Carmen, Tristan in Martha, Capuletti in Roméo et Juliette, Wagner in Faust, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Attila in Attila (Kaunas State Musical Theatre), Coronte in L’Orfeo by C. Monteverdi, Seneca in L'incoronazione di Poppea, Simone in Gianni Schicchi (Klaipėda State Musical Theatre).

As an oratorio performer T. Girininkas has sung Missa Brevis and Requiem by W. A. Mozart, Messa di Gloria by G. Puccini and War Requiem by B. Britten.

During his rapidly evolving career the soloist has worked with such conductors as M. Lutz, J. Wallnig, E. Pehk, G. Rinkevičius, M. Pitrėnas and others.
 In 2013 T. Girininkas was awarded the Švyturys award as the Best Opera Soloist of the Year and also received the Golden Stage Cross for the roles of Heinrich in Lohengrin and De Silva in Ernani.