Look at the Stars
Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director Mindaugas Bačkus
Soloists: Viktorija Miškūnaitė (soprano), Justina Auškelytė (violin).
Announcer of the concert actor Darius Meškauskas
Programme: Georges Bizet, Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Arditi, Ennio Morricone, Frederick Loewe, Johann Strauss, Franz Lehar, Agustin Lara, Emmerich Kalman.
On the last evening of the year we offer you to look at the stars and release your dreams into the universe. The Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra with two charming ladies in tow will set the effervescent mood for this festive occasion. The soloists will include soprano Viktorija Miškūnaitė, who enthrals her audiences with her spellbinding voice and refined vocal techniques, and violinist Justina Auškelytė, who is renowned for her unconditional love for music and masterful command of her instrument.
Having garnered enthusiastic acclaim through a number of brilliant appearances in major operatic roles, Viktorija Miškūnaitė has risen to stardom not only in Lithuania, but also internationally. She made her debut at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre seven years ago and soon joined the company as the leading soloist. In a few years’ time she earned two Golden Crosses of the Stage and twice won the nomination of the Best Opera Soloist of the Year in Lithuania. Last summer she achieved yet another success by performing the main role in the production of Saverio Mercadante’s opera Didone Abbandonata at the 2018 Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (Austria). After the premiere, the director of this production, Jürgen Flimm, did not spare praise for Miškūnaitė’s performance: “She is not a star. She is shiny diamond, which you can enjoy up close.” This past season the singer created a masterful impersonation of the brutal Princess Turandot in the LNOBT’s production of Puccini’s masterpiece directed by one of the greatest theatre maker of our time, Robert Wilson, which he commended in an open letter by pointing to the semblance of her voice to young Montserrat Caballé’s.
In one of her interviews, Miškūnaitė confessed that while performing abroad she feels “responsible for being an envoy not only for her own name, but also for her native country. It is a huge responsibility. I wish that people would understand that it is not enough to declare “We love our homeland in our hearts”; we should make an effort for its sake, to show the world how intelligent and talented Lithuanians are. We do have things to be proud of.”
Young violinist has garnered top prizes at a number of international competitions in Latvia, the Czech Republic, Romania and Lithuania. She gained her Master’s degree in music from the Juilliard School in New York. She has performed at all major venues in Lithuania with the country’s most distinguished orchestras and chamber ensembles. Justina currently lives in Malmö, Sweden, and pursues an active career by appearing in concerts around the world. She also runs a unique music project “Violinist on a Bike.”
In one of her interviews Auškelytė confessed: “The greatest award and inspiration for me is when you feel how the listeners’ hearts start trembling and they experience the great miracle of music together with you.”
We sincerely hope that the string of the most amazing gems of classical music, presented in this programme, will lead your way to the year 2020. We are very much obliged to you for being together with the everlasting classical music! May it stay with you on your happy paths in the New Year!