Kristine Opolais, Gaston Rivero, & Justina Gringytė Lead Lithuanian National Opera’s 2023-24 Season

The Lithuanian National Opera has announced its 2023-24 season. The season opens with Verdi’s “Aida” conducted by Sesto Quatrini and starring Kristīne Opolais, Kseniya Bakhritdinova, and Viktorija Miškūnaitė sharing the title role. They will be joined by Gaston Rivero, Liudas Norvaisas, Justina Gringytė, Tadas Girininkas, Liudas Mikalauskas, Arūnas Malikėnas, and Kostas Smoriginas.  Performance Dates: Nov. 10-18, 2023 Vladimiras Prudnikovas will {…}

Kristian Benedikt Apologizes for Performing in Belarus Following Criticism From Lithuanian Government

Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt is apologizing for his recent performance in Belarus. The tenor, who was criticized for performing in Minsk, said he went to Belarus at the invitation of an evangelical bishop and took part in pre-Christmas events to support his friends suffering repressions of the Minsk regime. He said, “I performed at a concert organized and directed by {…}

Kristian Benedikt, Viktorija Miškūnaitė & Mickael Spadaccini Lead Lithuanian National Opera’s 2021-22 Season

The Lithuanian National Opera has announced its 2021-22 season featuring a variety of repertoire for the whole family. Here is a look at the opera and operetta to be performed. Viktorija Miškūnaitė headlines Massenet’s “Manon“ with Mickael Spadaccini and Eugenijus Chrebtovas. The production will be conducted by Julius Geniušas. Performance Dates: Sept. 30 -Oct. 2, 2021 Verdi’s “La Traviata“ will return {…}

Q & A: Francesca Sassu & Raffaella Lupinacci on Getting COVID-19, ‘Anna Bolena,’ & Returning to the Stage

Francesca Sassu and Raffaella Lupinacci’s long-awaited debuts at the Lithuanian Opera in “Anna Bolena” proved quite a unique experience for both artists. Namely due to COVID-19. The Italian singers were set to perform the work for the first time in August until they tested positive for the virus. As a result, the company postponed the opening of the production while {…}

Lithuanian National Opera’s New Normal Looks Somewhat Familiar

It was a hot summer afternoon and the journalists gathered in the shadow of Lithuanian National Opera’s massive building. Here, LNOBT art-director Sesto Quatrini, general manager Jonas Sakalauskas, principal conductor Ričardas Šumila, and choreographer Martynas Rimeikis are preparing to reveal a new season’s program. Everything gets off to a great start. Nothing reminds us of the global crisis still raging {…}