A. Dvořák. "Biblical Songs" for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
G. Donizetti. Linda’s aria from opera “Linda di Chamounix”
J. Offenbach. Barcarolle from opera “The Tales of Hoffmann”
L. Delibes. Flower Duet from opera “Lakmé”
L. Bernstein. Cunegonde’s aria from operetta “Candide”
A. Dvořák. Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88
Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra will dedicate this evening to the art of voice: the highly talented young opera soloist Lina Dambrauskaitė and one of the most prominent Lithuanian mezzo-sopranos Ieva Prudnikovaitė will perform on the stage of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.
Lina Dambrauskaitė is one of the most prominent young Lithuanian sopranos. After graduating with a master's degree in classical vocal studies from prof. Sigutė Stonytė’s class at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, she went on an internship at the Opera Studio of the Royal Academy of London. In 2015 L. Dambrauskaitė made her debut at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, in 2017 – with the ensemble of Vilnius City Opera. In that same year she won an internship at the Opera Studio of the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2019 L. Dambrauskaitė joined the Young Performers program in Zurich, Switzerland, where she has recently been living and working. She has already given concerts in Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, South Korea, China and elsewhere.
Ieva Prudnikovaitė graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with a master’s degree in 2008, and became the laureate of the International Singers' Competition in Cologne (Germany) in 2006. In 2008-2014 I. Prudnikovaitė was a soloist with the Aalto Opera House in Essen (Germany). One of the singer's most prominent roles is Carmen in G. Bizet’s opera “Carmen”, performed by the soloist at the German Aalto and Braunschweig Opera Theatres, the Latvian National Opera and the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. For the latter role I. Prudnikovaitė was awarded the "Opera Lighthouse" as the Opera Soloist of the Year 2009. The singer is regularly collaborating with Vilnius City Opera, in 2019 she also created roles for the Opera House in St. Gallen (Switzerland). Tonight, I. Prudnikovaitė will sing “Biblical Songs” for mezzo-soprano and orchestra by the Czech composer Antonin Dvořák (1841–1904), based on the lyrics of the Book of Psalms selected by the author. This impressive vocal piece was written by the composer while he was living in New York, after two years in America, madly longing for his native Bohemia.
The second part of the concert will feature A. Dvořák's Symphony No. 8. In 1889 A. Dvořák was elected as the member of the Bohemian Academy of Sciences, Literature and Art, so he expressed his gratitude through the composition of this particular piece. His creative process went well – in two and a half months the symphony was completed, and its premiere took place in Prague early next year, conducted by the composer himself. A. Dvořák tried to make the symphony different from previous ones, and documented the expression of thoughts in it in a "new way". The Eighth really stood out not only among all of Dvořák's symphonies, but also among other works of the period: it was bright, lively, inspired by Dvořák's much-loved Bohemian folk music.
This concert for the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by one of the most famous Latvian conductors, chief conductor of the Latvian National Opera Mārtiņš Ozoliņš. Since 2010 the conductor has been the Head of the Department of Orchestral Conducting at the Latvian Academy of Music.