VIOLETA URMANA
Gala concert
07.17

We are starting this year’s Midsummer Vilnius’23 festival on a powerful note. On the first evening, the long-awaited performance of the world-famous opera soloist, Lithuanian opera prima donna Violeta Urmana will take place in the Great Courtyard of the Palace of the Dukes. She will perform a sophisticated and delicate evening program of classical music together with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Modestas Pitrėnas.

Violeta Urmana has been singing in the world’s most famous theaters for almost three decades and is a recognized concert and recital singer. She performs the music of G. Mahler, R. Strauss, A. Schoenberg, H. Berlioz, R. Wagner, and G. Verdi in the most famous European, United States, Israeli, and Japanese concert halls, collaborating with the most talented conductors and soloists.

Urmana has won many awards: the Royal Philharmonic Award for singers (London) and the Austrian “Kammersaengerin” title (Vienna). The President of Italy awarded her with the “Stella d’Italia” Order (2014). She was awarded the Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas of Lithuania and the Commander’s Grand Cross of the Order “For Merit to Lithuania” (2020), both in her native Lithuania.

Violeta Urmana is recognized worldwide as one of the most prominent singers of today, not only as a mezzo-soprano but also as a dramatic soprano. 2021 excerpt from critic Irma Foletti (Anaclase.com) writes: “R. Strauss’s “Klytämnestra”, played by Violeta Urmana, captivated the audience with her powerful embodiment. Having started her career as a mezzo-soprano, later moving to a soprano, and now returning to her original range, the Lithuanian singer has preserved her enormous resources, an equally high-quality instrument at total volume and expressiveness, which makes every viewer thrilled by her deep low register.”

Urmana is a regular at the world’s largest opera houses – the “Metropolitan Opera” in New York, the “Teatro Real” in Madrid, the “Gran Teatre del Liceu” in Barcelona, ​​the “Deutsche Oper” in Berlin, the “Deutsche Oper” in Vienna, and the “Teatro Alla Scala” in Milan. A guest at the “Royal Opera House” in London, Covent Garden, a guest at the festivals in Bayreuth, Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh, the “BBC Proms”, and a recognized UNESCO artist for peace.

Due to her busy concert schedule, Violeta Urmana appears on the Lithuanian stage quite rarely, so this performance at the festival is a unique opportunity to meet everyone’s beloved soloist live.

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