Classical Music for the New Year
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About the Event
In opera, the aria plays an essential role. While recitative tends to drive forward the storyline, the aria is an opportunity to linger on emotional drama - and showcase a vocalist's talent and range. The transcendent beauty or powerful outburst of an aria is often the central feature of an opera, and many of the legendary performers became so because of their mastery of these epic moments. An excuse to showcase the technical skill and range of the performer, arias are notoriously difficult, and - often as a result - exceedingly beautiful.
An aria is particularly suited to expressing subtle layers in a seemingly straightforward storyline - particularly when it comes to arias for the soprano. In the opera, the soprano is traditionally a tragic or heroic figure, prone to heartbreak and abandonment and thus bursts of emotional energy. The selection of arias in this program range from the multi-layered and complicated - like Zerlina’s cloying lament in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, to the ethereal and romantic - like Rusalka’s plea to the moon to reveal her unrequited love in Dvorak’s opera Rusalka, to the somewhat insane - like Elvira recalling a lover’s voice in Bellini’s I Puritani. Join us in an evening of exploration of the role of the aria in opera - and bask in the beauty of pure emotional expression.
Edita Biliūtė (soprano)
Edita Biliūtė (soprano) was born in 1986 in Kaunas, Lithuania. Edita began her career as a concert soloist in 2009, and participated as a soloist in many concerts with Alytus Music School Youth Symphony Orchestra “The Dream”. Edita studied Performance Art (Singing of Concert Genres) at the Vytautas Magnus University Music Academy as a student of lecturer Raminta Vaicekauskaitė, and earned her Master’s Degree in 2015. In the same year she performed as a soloist in the Fourteen International Dainava Country Classical Music Festival. In 2018 she participated in International Belvedere Singing Competition as well as the International Rhodope Summer Music Academy in Bulgaria and a masterclass with Prof. Dr. Alexander Mayr (Austria). Edita has performed throughout Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria, France, UK, Cyprus.
Linas Dužinskas (piano)
Linas Dužinskas (piano) was born in Telsiai in 1968. Linas graduated from the Academy of Theatre and Music in 1993, studying under professor Birute Vainiunaite, followed by an assistantship in the Academy of Theatre and Music under professor Birute Vainiunaite and professor Audrone Kisieliute. Linas has performed at the National Philharmonic, Moscow Conservatory Rachmaninov Hall, Lithuanian Artists House, Vilnius Town Hall etc., and Usedomer (Germany) and Suggia (Portugal) festivals. With Nijole Kniūkštaitė gave a recital in Warsaw, with Nomeda Kazlauskaite concerts in Germany, Italy, Latvia, Russia, Poland, with Laimonas Masevičiaus - in France, Germany, Latvia, with Gleb Pyšniak - in Latvia, Portugal, Russia, in 2006 with Gleb Pysniak played the final XXXVI Festival Porec (Croatia) closing concert.
1. Mozart, Don Giovanni, Zerlina‘s aria “Vendrai, carino”
2. Rimsky, The Snow Maiden, The Snow Maiden’s aria
3. Dvorak, Rusalka, Rusalka’s aria “Mesičku na nebi chlubokem”
4. Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro, Susanna’s recitative and aria “Giunse alfin il momento”
5. Mozart, La finta semplice, Ninetta‘s aria “Un marito donne care”
6. Puccini, La Rondine, Magda’s aria “Chi bel sogno di doretta”
7. Bellini, I Puritani, Elvira’s aria “Qui la voce sua soave”
8. Puccini, La Boheme, Musetta’s aria “Quando men vo”
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