Lauryna Bendziunaite is a Lithuanian soprano who joined the ensemble of Staatsoper Stuttgart in 2014 following her studies with Joy Mammen at the Royal Academy of Music where she won the Pavarotti prize, and further studies with Kiri te Kanawa and Dennis O’Neill.
Ms Bendziunaite’s roles in Stuttgart have included Musetta, Änchen and Karolka and she has also appeared in Bieito’s new production of Purcell’s Fairy Queen under conductor Christian Curnyn and in Boesman’s Reigen. In 2015 she sang a Liederabend celebrating the 300th year of Jommelli’s birth. In the season 2016/17 her roles include Susanna and Zerlina.
Prior to attending the Royal Academy of Music Ms Bendziunaite studied with Prof. R. Maciute at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre gaining the first prize in the International XXI Century Art Contes (Ukraine). As a member of Vilnius City Opera her roles included Pamina, Despina, Musetta, Sophie (Werther) and 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 Ms Bendziunaite sang Musetta at the Royal Swedish Opera where she was invited to repeat the role in 2013.
Ms Bendziunaite’s concert performances include many with Lithuanian orchestras. In 2014 she premiered Loreta Narvilaite’s “Miestas” with the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra. She also appears with the State Symphony Orchestra with whom she will perform Mahler’s 4th Symphony during 2017, with the National Chamber Orchestra and Musica Humana. With Kiri Te Kanawa she performed in gala concerts in London and Dublin. In summer 2015 she toured with the Kammerorchester Basel under Trevor Pinnock, making her debut at the Lucerne Festival in music from Purcell’s Fairy Queen and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Nights Dream. She will repeat the Mendelssohn at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo in February 2017. In 2016 she also returned to the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra under Marcus Stenz singing the Jungfrau in Das Paradis und die Peri, following an earlier appearance with the orchestra in Rusalka conducted by James Gaffigan.
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