2015 International Opera Awards Young Singer of the Year, Lithuanian mezzo soprano Justina Gringytė, is hailed for her “knockout technique” (The Times). She captivated the classical press in the title role of Carmen for both English National Opera and Scottish Opera. With a voice that is; “Steel clad, hotly phrased, superbly controlled” (The Guardian), she “commands the stage, alternately spitting out or sliding deliciously around in her vocal lines, imperious one minute and fragile the next.” (The Scotsman).
The 2018/19 season will see Justina Gringytė make some important role and house debuts, including her house debut at Korean National Opera in Seoul as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, her role and house debut as Suzuki in Madame Butterfly at Gran Teatre del Liceu, and her role debut as Tigrana in Scottish Opera’s production of Edgar. Ms Gringytė will also return to Welsh National Opera for her role debut as Sara in Roberto Devereux, and to Lithuanian National Opera to reprise her role as Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Other engagements will include Boulanger’s Psalm 130 at the BBC Proms with the CBSO and Ludovic Morlot, a concert at Wigmore Hall as a part of their Russian Series, and an open air concert with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony under the baton of Oroszo Estrada.
Highlights from the 2017/18 season included a return to Welsh National Opera for her role debuts as Preziosilla and Curra in a new David Poutney production of La forza del destino, and to Lithuanian National Opera as the title role in Carmen and in her role debut as Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Ms. Gringytė also made her role debut as Dalila in Samson et Dalila for Vilnius City Opera. Other engagements included Beethoven’ Symphony No. 9 at the Royal Albert Hall with Andrew Nethsingha and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and a series of recitals with Petras Geniušas.
Other roles have included Fenena in Nabucco with Welsh National Opera; Maddalena in Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at Teatro Real, Madrid and at English National Opera; Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel for Vilnius City Opera; and Maddalena in Rigoletto and Marguerite in La damnation de Faust for the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. She has performed the role of Carmen to critical acclaim at several opera houses including English National Opera; Scottish Opera; Teatro Massimo, Palermo; Sao Carlo, Lisbon and the Lithuanian National and Novosibirsk’s Opera and Ballet Theatres.
On the concert platform most recent highlights are semi-staged performances of Carmen in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and Olga in Eugene Onegin conducted by Mikhail Simonyan; Meg Page in a concert performance of Falstaff with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner; a recital of Rachmaninov songs with Julius Drake in Antwerp; a Wigmore Hall recital with Iain Burnside; Kaled in Le Roi de Lahore and Dulcinee in Don Quichotte with Chelsea Opera Group under the baton of Renato Balsadonna; Verdi’s Requiem with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra; Beethoven Symphony No.9 at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Kazushi Ono; and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra under Gintaras Rinkevicius at the Pažaislis Music Festival.
Ms Gringytė’s debut recording; ‘The Complete Rachmaninov Songs’, with pianist Iain Burnside on Delphian, was shortlisted for the 2014 Gramophone Awards, and a second disc of Medtner songs with Iain Burnside was released in 2018 to great acclaim, with Gramophone praising the disc’s ‘fresh new perspective’.
Following her initial voice studies at Lithuania’s Academy of Music and Theatre, Ms Gringytė joined the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and London’s National Opera Studio. She studies with Buddug Verona James. Ms Gringytė is a former Samling and Jette Parker Young Artist.