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Jovita Vaska, Mezzo-Soprano / Contralto

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the Lithuanian mezzo-soprano / contralto Jovita Vaska (born Jovita Vaskeviciute), completed a Master in opera studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (prof. Sigutė Stonytė’s class) and was subsequently trained at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Opera studio by with prof. V. Noreika and V. Viržonis. In 1998 she was a participant of the Zenonas Paulauskas’ Young Singers Competition, in 2000 she won 2nd place at the same competition. In 2003 she also took part in the V. Januškaitė-Zaunienė’s Competition.

Jovita Vaska made her debut at the LNOBT in 2006 as Ulrica in Verdi's “Un ballo in maschera”. The same year Jovita Vaska was awarded an “Operos Švyturiai” Award in the category “Opera Hope of the Year", for her role of Suzuki in G. Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”, directed by Anthony Minghella.

She has frequently sung at the Vanemuine Theatre in Estonia, various Latvian theatres, Klaipėda Musical Theatre, collaborating with Lithuanian National Symphony and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestras. She sung mezzo-soprano parts in G. Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, G. Verdi’s “Requiem”, M. Durufle’s “Requiem”, A. Dvorak "Requiem" and other works. The soloist participated in many events organized by the Lithuanian Musicians Aid Foundation, also in festival “Gaida”.

From Giuseppe Verdi to Peter Eötvös and John Adams

The character of Dominga in P. Eötvös’ opera “Love and Other Demons” was the role that brought incredible success to Jovita Vaska and launched her successful career in Europe.

In 2010 “Love and Other Demons” was presented in Cologne, and the soloist was invited by the composer herself to sing the role of Dominga in the premiere performances. In the autumn of that same year Jovita Vaska made her debut as Dominga in Strasbourg (France).

The first two premieres were conducted by Peter Eötvös himself, who claimed that Jovita Vaska “the best Dominga I know”. She was invited to Strasbourg again in 2014, to perform the role of Pasqualita in J. Adams‘ opera “Doctor Atomic”. In that same year, she participated in the Macao Festival (China) on tour with the Latvian National Opera.

Subsequently she was invited to sing six performances of Amneris in “Aida” at the Cologne Opera and to take part in a series of eight performances of Verdi's “Requiem”.

In 2015 Jovita Vaska made her debut at the “Teatro de la Maestranza” (Spain) with the role of Pasqualita in J. Adams‘ opera “Doctor Atomic”. In that same year she was nominated for the “Golden Cross of the Stage” awards for her depictions of Azucena in G. Verdi’s “Il trovatore”, Countess / Marquis in O. Narbutaite’s “Cornet” and Die Mutter in E. Humperdinck’s “Hansel und Gretel”.

Meanwhile Jovita Vaska has sung under the baton of conductors such as Patrick Davin, Francis Bollon, Will Humburg, Ralf Sochaczewsky, Liü Jia, Peter Eötvös, and Paul Mägi.

She was directed by Arnaud Bernard, Lucinda Childs, Antony Minghella , Mara Kimele, Silviu Purcarete, Mariusz Trelinsky, Vasily Barkhatov, Dmitiry Bertman, Dalia Ibelhauptaite, Johannes Ehrath, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Virgilius Noreika, Clemens Bechtel ...

 

 

 

 

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