Lauryna Bendziunaite is a Lithuanian soprano, whose performances are enchanting and committed. She has an in depth knowledge of both opera and musical theatre and has a broad range that spans from Puccini to Sondheim.
Ms Bendziunaite is currently a member of the Lithuanian State Orchestra Opera Company. She studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (with prof. R. Maciute) and the Royal Academy of Music, London (with Prof. Joy Mammen). Since she left the Academy in 2010, she has studied with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Dennis O’Neill.
During 2011/12 Ms Bendziunaite made her debut at the Royal Swedish Opera as Musette in La Bohème and was immediately invited back again to sing the same part this season. She then went on to perform with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in a Gala Concert in Dublin, has gone on to sing Lisette in La Rondine in Lithuania and had the honour of singing in Andrew Lloyd Webbers Requiem with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. Her European success has also taken her to London where she recently was offered to cover the role of Ascagne in Les Troyens at the Royal Opera House.
Current season Ms Bendziunaite sings Musette at NorrlandsOperan in Sweden. She also performs in Carl Orff´s Carmina Burana, Catulli Carmina, Trionfo di Afrodite and in concert ” La bella voce III ” with Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. Future season will include a tour with NorrlandsOperan’s La Bohème, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte at Vilnius City Opera and a concert at Concertgebouw where she will sing First Nymph in Dvorák’s Rusalka with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by James Gaffigan. In 2014/15 Lauryna Bendziunaite joins the ensemble at Stuttgart Opera, engaged to sing several roles; among them Musette, Karolka in Jenufa and Ännchen in Der Freischütz.
Concert appearances have included singing with Lithuanian National Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Musica Humana, Lithuanian National Opera Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburgische Staats Sinfonie Orchester, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta under the baton of the conductors such as Lawrence Renes, Vizgirda, Servenikas, Rinkvicius, Kutson, Pinnock, Ringborg, Stapleton and Sir Charles Mackerras. Lauryna has been awarded many awards during her career, including, winning first prize in the International XXI Century Art Contest, the Pavarotti Prize from the Royal Academy of Music, London and also had the honour of being crowned Lithuanian Discovery of the Year in 2011.
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