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Justina Gringytė Steps In Last Minute as Carmen at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

Justina Gringytė Steps In Last Minute as Carmen at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

Justina Gringytė is returning to the stage as Carmen sooner than expected as she steps in as a last minute replacement at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon, which commences on Thursday 6th October 2016.

Justina will reprise the role for another production of Bizet’s Carmen at the Teatro Palermo, which begins on 26thNovember 2016. Ms. Gringytė has also recently debuted an electronic adaptation of Carmen in Vilnius, Lithuania, entitled e-Carmen, to which she and the production received critical acclaim.

For tickets and more information, please visit: http://tnsc.pt/

Click here to view Justina’s 2016/17 schedule

Photo credit: Charlotte van Berckel

Justina Debuts Innovative “e-Carmen” Production at Vilnius City Opera

Justina Debuts Innovative “e-Carmen” Production at Vilnius City Opera

On 17th September 2016, Vilnius City Opera staged a brand new, innovative electronic production entitled “e-Carmen”, of which Justina was cast in the title role. This ambitious new production, which was composed by Marijus Adomaitis and inspired by Bizet’s Carmen, has been praised by local press, with Asta Andrikonyte (Lietuvos rytas Culture Magazine) writing:

“Many people have been waiting for the new Vilnius City Opera project “e-Carmen” with anxiety, not expecting that you can squeeze the emotions of Carmen into an electronic cage. However, they achieved the impossible – the electronic version of Carmen at Compensa Hall, conducted by Richard Šumila, was as charming as the original with ever-growing curiosity throughout.

“Giancarlo Monsalve and Justina Gringyte perfectly embody the main characters as Don Jose and Carmen, and in the electronic music they are as comfortable as fish in water, even though they had to unlearn the original Bizet lines they have sung so many times before.”

Of the production, Justina said:

“It was amazing to be a part of something so new and innovative, especially because classical and electronic music are so contrasting. By synthesising these contrasting musical styles, Marijus Adomaitis (composer) and Dalia Ibelhauptaite (director/producer) have opened the door to new audiences – opera enthusiasts who would otherwise not consider listening to electronic music, and electronic music listeners who wouldn’t typically visit the opera.

It was obviously extremely challenging for all of us involved in the production. But personally for me it was also a very refreshing, rewarding and enriching experience. Portraying Carmen in these new colours has made me view the role in a new light, which I am excited bring to future productions of the opera.”

Justina is currently performing at The Bolshoi in Le Damnation de Faust (tickets and info), and she will be reprising the role of Carmen at Teatro Palermo in November (tickets and info).

Photo credit: Martynas Aleksa

Justina to return to The Bolshoi Theatre to debut the role of Marguerite in  “La Damnation de Faust”

Justina to return to The Bolshoi Theatre to debut the role of Marguerite in “La Damnation de Faust”

Justina Gringytė makes her role debut as Marguerite in Hector Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust at The Bolshoi Theatre this week. Ms. Gringytė, who appeared at the Bolshoi Theatre as Maddelena in Rigoletto in 2014, will return to the Bolshoi again early next season for a revival of La Damnation de Faust. These performances mark the end of a busy season for Ms. Gringyte where she has appeared as Maddelena in Rigoletto at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and as Carmen at the Scottish Opera, Lithuanian National and Novosibirsk’s Opera and Ballet Theatres, on top of semi-staged performances of Carmen in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

For ticket information please visit www.bolshoi.ru

See Ms Gringyte’s upcoming performances here.

 

Justina Gringytė’s Charity Foundation Launches Today with Inaugural Concert in Lithuania

Justina Gringytė’s Charity Foundation Launches Today with Inaugural Concert in Lithuania

On Wednesday 1st June 2016, Justina Gringytė will mark the launch of her charity foundation, The Justina Gringytė Foundation, with an opening concert at the Alytus Culture and Communication Centre in her home town of Alytus, Lithuania.

The 2015 International Opera Awards Young Singer of the Year, mezzo-soprano Justina Gringytė, has created the foundation to support young, aspiring musicians. Ms. Gringytė explains:

“The life of a musician is very difficult, especially the beginning of it. I started as a pianist and I vividly remember the difficult times at the beginning of my career. Since those early days I dreamt of being on the other side of the story, on the side where I will be giving instead of taking. And so finally this year I have created my own charity foundation in aid of young musicians, from as little as paying competition fees to bigger things like buying new instruments.
As a professional opera singer I want to make sure that the next generation of artists behind us have a chance to make it.”

The concert will feature performances by the Alytus Music School Youth Symphony Orchestra “Svajonė”, the Kaunsas Symphony Orchestra, conductor and violinist Mikhail Simonian, mezzo-soprano Aiste Miknyte and baritone Kostas Smoriginas in a programme that includes works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Dvarionas, Vivaldi, Mascagni, Massenet, Mozart, Bizet, and Saint-Saens.

The concert will be broadcast live on Lithuania’s LRT Kultūra channel at 6pm local time.

Ms. Gringytė writes in the concert’s programme:

“Lithuania’s most prominent composer, M.K. Čiurlionis, said: ‘Music – it is God’s messenger, sent to move the strings of our hearts, calm the griefs of life, and remove lies, wickedness, envy, and hatred.’

I’m very happy to be able to organize the first concert of my charity foundation in my home town. I have a strong inner connection with Lithuania, proud of our history, our language, and our traditions. Lithuania will always be my birthplace but the world is large and open. An artists’ home is where we feel most comfortable.

I am grateful for my first music school and its teachers – not only do they develop artistic skills and prepare cultured music listeners, they also develop personalities and help young talents to fulfil their potential.

Talent is like a bud which needs to be nurtured to blossom.

 

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Justina Gringytė Steps In Last Minute as Carmen at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

Justina Gringytė Steps In Last Minute as Carmen at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

Justina Gringytė is returning to the stage as Carmen sooner than expected as she steps in as a last minute replacement at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon, which commences on Thursday 6th October 2016.

Justina will reprise the role for another production of Bizet’s Carmen at the Teatro Palermo, which begins on 26thNovember 2016. Ms. Gringytė has also recently debuted an electronic adaptation of Carmen in Vilnius, Lithuania, entitled e-Carmen, to which she and the production received critical acclaim.

For tickets and more information, please visit: http://tnsc.pt/

Click here to view Justina’s 2016/17 schedule

Photo credit: Charlotte van Berckel

Justina Debuts Innovative “e-Carmen” Production at Vilnius City Opera

Justina Debuts Innovative “e-Carmen” Production at Vilnius City Opera

On 17th September 2016, Vilnius City Opera staged a brand new, innovative electronic production entitled “e-Carmen”, of which Justina was cast in the title role. This ambitious new production, which was composed by Marijus Adomaitis and inspired by Bizet’s Carmen, has been praised by local press, with Asta Andrikonyte (Lietuvos rytas Culture Magazine) writing:

“Many people have been waiting for the new Vilnius City Opera project “e-Carmen” with anxiety, not expecting that you can squeeze the emotions of Carmen into an electronic cage. However, they achieved the impossible – the electronic version of Carmen at Compensa Hall, conducted by Richard Šumila, was as charming as the original with ever-growing curiosity throughout.

“Giancarlo Monsalve and Justina Gringyte perfectly embody the main characters as Don Jose and Carmen, and in the electronic music they are as comfortable as fish in water, even though they had to unlearn the original Bizet lines they have sung so many times before.”

Of the production, Justina said:

“It was amazing to be a part of something so new and innovative, especially because classical and electronic music are so contrasting. By synthesising these contrasting musical styles, Marijus Adomaitis (composer) and Dalia Ibelhauptaite (director/producer) have opened the door to new audiences – opera enthusiasts who would otherwise not consider listening to electronic music, and electronic music listeners who wouldn’t typically visit the opera.

It was obviously extremely challenging for all of us involved in the production. But personally for me it was also a very refreshing, rewarding and enriching experience. Portraying Carmen in these new colours has made me view the role in a new light, which I am excited bring to future productions of the opera.”

Justina is currently performing at The Bolshoi in Le Damnation de Faust (tickets and info), and she will be reprising the role of Carmen at Teatro Palermo in November (tickets and info).

Photo credit: Martynas Aleksa

Justina to return to The Bolshoi Theatre to debut the role of Marguerite in  “La Damnation de Faust”

Justina to return to The Bolshoi Theatre to debut the role of Marguerite in “La Damnation de Faust”

Justina Gringytė makes her role debut as Marguerite in Hector Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust at The Bolshoi Theatre this week. Ms. Gringytė, who appeared at the Bolshoi Theatre as Maddelena in Rigoletto in 2014, will return to the Bolshoi again early next season for a revival of La Damnation de Faust. These performances mark the end of a busy season for Ms. Gringyte where she has appeared as Maddelena in Rigoletto at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and as Carmen at the Scottish Opera, Lithuanian National and Novosibirsk’s Opera and Ballet Theatres, on top of semi-staged performances of Carmen in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

For ticket information please visit www.bolshoi.ru

See Ms Gringyte’s upcoming performances here.

 

Justina Gringytė’s Charity Foundation Launches Today with Inaugural Concert in Lithuania

Justina Gringytė’s Charity Foundation Launches Today with Inaugural Concert in Lithuania

On Wednesday 1st June 2016, Justina Gringytė will mark the launch of her charity foundation, The Justina Gringytė Foundation, with an opening concert at the Alytus Culture and Communication Centre in her home town of Alytus, Lithuania.

The 2015 International Opera Awards Young Singer of the Year, mezzo-soprano Justina Gringytė, has created the foundation to support young, aspiring musicians. Ms. Gringytė explains:

“The life of a musician is very difficult, especially the beginning of it. I started as a pianist and I vividly remember the difficult times at the beginning of my career. Since those early days I dreamt of being on the other side of the story, on the side where I will be giving instead of taking. And so finally this year I have created my own charity foundation in aid of young musicians, from as little as paying competition fees to bigger things like buying new instruments.
As a professional opera singer I want to make sure that the next generation of artists behind us have a chance to make it.”

The concert will feature performances by the Alytus Music School Youth Symphony Orchestra “Svajonė”, the Kaunsas Symphony Orchestra, conductor and violinist Mikhail Simonian, mezzo-soprano Aiste Miknyte and baritone Kostas Smoriginas in a programme that includes works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Dvarionas, Vivaldi, Mascagni, Massenet, Mozart, Bizet, and Saint-Saens.

The concert will be broadcast live on Lithuania’s LRT Kultūra channel at 6pm local time.

Ms. Gringytė writes in the concert’s programme:

“Lithuania’s most prominent composer, M.K. Čiurlionis, said: ‘Music – it is God’s messenger, sent to move the strings of our hearts, calm the griefs of life, and remove lies, wickedness, envy, and hatred.’

I’m very happy to be able to organize the first concert of my charity foundation in my home town. I have a strong inner connection with Lithuania, proud of our history, our language, and our traditions. Lithuania will always be my birthplace but the world is large and open. An artists’ home is where we feel most comfortable.

I am grateful for my first music school and its teachers – not only do they develop artistic skills and prepare cultured music listeners, they also develop personalities and help young talents to fulfil their potential.

Talent is like a bud which needs to be nurtured to blossom.