“The Heavenly Life”

2017 April 19 Past event
1 h. 50 min.
18 €, 24 €

Event start: 6:30 pm

Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius

Soloists: Lina Dambrauskaitė (soprano), Kostas Smoriginas (bass)

Programme: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gustav Mahler

Lithuanian bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas Jr. currently enjoys a successful international career as an opera singer and soloist, making frequent appearances at the Royal Opera House at Convent Garden in London and other major opera venues in Great Britain, Italy, France, Germany, and the U. S. He might be considered a true expert of bass-baritone roles in Mozart operas. His engagements in the productions of Mozart operas have thus far included Leporello (Don Giovanni) at La Scala, Milan, at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and in Bordeaux; Don Giovanni in Santiago and Toulouse; Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) for San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, and Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre; and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) for Vilnius City Opera.

Celebrated arias selected from these operas make the core of his programme to be presented by Kostas Smoriginas at the Klaipėda Concert Hall together with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra under its chief conductor and artistic director, Gintaras Rinkevičius. In addition to accompanying the operatic arias, the Orchestra will also perform Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. Several decades ago Gintaras Rinkevičius and his newly founded orchestra embarked on a series of concerts featuring complete Mahler symphonies, which resulted in critically acclaimed recordings and instigated a new wave of interest in Mahler’s music in Lithuania. Soprano Lina Dambrauskaitė will perform solo in Mahler’s Fourth and add some stunning coloraturas in the excerpts from Mozart operas.