It was not until the third year of conducting studies at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy that I suddenly realised that singing could actually become the centre point of my professional life. I enrolled for opera singing studies and almost immediately found myself rewarded with engagements from the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and National Opera House. I also entered the XXI Century Music competition and gained 1st prize. Now I was on my path! At last I had rediscovered my magic world which takes full commitment and all my heart."
"Singing has always been part of my life. I have a vivid memory of sitting on a swing and creating a song which carried me into a magic world. In fact singing was such fun that I never thought it could be real work. Studies in dancing and as an artist seemed something more serious until I could no longer hold back from music."
Lauryna Bendžiūnaitė studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and the Royal Academy
of Music and was awarded the first prize in the International Festival and Competition “21 st
Century Art” (Kiev) and the Pavarotti Prize of the RAM. She continued her studies with Dame Kiri te Kanawa, with whom she appeared in gala concerts in London and Dublin.
Following her studies, Lauryna was a guest artist with the Royal Swedish Opera before
joining the ensemble of the Stuttgart State Opera, where her roles between 2014 and 2018
included Musetta, Ännchen, Susanna, Zerlina, Dalinda (Ariodante), Karolka and Die Dirne
(Reigen) under Sylvain Cambreling, Daniele Rustioni, Kyrill Karabits, Ben Gernon and
Christian Curnyn. She gained early experience as a member of the Vilnius City Opera, where her next appearance will be as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier.
Having previously sung Susanna at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg, she will return there this season to sing Despina. At the Elbphilharmonie, she sang the soprano roles in Debussy’s Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien with Sylvain Cambreling and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. She will return to Hamburg next season for Fauré’s Requiem in the Laeiszhalle. This season, she sang Pamina at the Opera på Skäret festival and will sing Jemina in Frederic Wake Walker’s production of Schubert’s Lazarus at the Potsdamer Winteroper.
She appeared with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra under Marcus Stenz as the
Jungfrau in Das Paradies und die Peri and in Rusalka with James Gaffigan. In the Lucerne
Festival and on tour, she sang in Purcell’s Fairy Queen and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer
Night’s Dream with the Basel Chamber Orchestra under Trevor Pinnock, with whom she also appeared in the chamber version of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in Wigmore Hall.
Lauryna made her debut this season with the Warsaw Philharmonic and Jacek Kaspszyk in
Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien and returned for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. She will sing
Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder; the New Year’s Concert, as well as; Lutosławski's Silesian Tryptique & Britten's Quatre Chansons Françaises with
the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. In March 2020, she also join the Stravinsky Rite of Spring Festival at Malmö Live Concert Hall for Les Noces.