"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. 

The Snow Maiden - Rimsky Korsakov - Lauryna Bendžiūnaitė
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BIOGRAPHY

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 and the New Year’s Concert with
the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra.

 
Norina's Aria (Don Pasquale) Donizetti - Lauryna Bendziūnaité
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