Lauryna Bendziunaite

Lauryna Bendziunaite is a Lithuanian soprano who joined the ensemble of Staatsoper Stuttgart in 2014. Her past and forthcoming roles include Musetta, Aennchen, Susanna and Zerlina.In the coming season she will also appear in Purcell’s Fairy Queen and Boesmans Reigen.

Ms Bendziunaite studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with Prof. R. Maciute gaining the first prize in the International XXI Century Art Contest. In 2008 she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, London studying with Prof. Joy Mammen and winning the Pavorotti Prize. After leaving the Academy in 2010, she studied with Dennis O’Neill and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa joining her on stage for a Gala concert in Dublin and the Tower Bridge Festival in London.

As a member of Vilnius City Opera Ms Bendiunzite’s roles included Pamina, Musetta, Sophie(Werther), Johanna (Sweeney Todd). With the Lithuanian National Opera she sang Xenia (Boris Godunov). In 2011 she was named Lithuanian discovery of the year. In 2012 she sang Musetta for the Royal Swedish Opera where she was invited to repeat the role in 2013. She also sang this role on tour in Sweden with the NorrlandsOperan.

In concert Lauryna Bendziunaite has appeared regularly with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 she sang the premiere of Loreta Narvilaite’s “Miestas” with the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra. Other orchestras and ensembles with whom she has appeared include the Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra, Musica Humana, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia under the batons of conductors such as Zanetti, Mackerras, Pinnock, Ringborg, Rinkevicius, Servenikas, Pitrenas.

Last season Ms Bendziunaite performed the First Nymph in Rusalka with the Nederlands Radio Philharmonic in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw under James Gaffigan and she will join them again in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri in the forthcoming year. She also toured with the Baseler Kammerorchester conducted by Trevor Pinnock in Mendelsson’s Midsummer night’s dream and music from Purcell’s Fairy Queen making her debut at the Lucerne festival.She will join Pinnock and the Royal Academy of Music Alumni at London’s Wigmore Hall in Mahler’s fourth symphony as arranged for Schoenberg’s Verein für musicalische Privataufführungen.

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