mozart's loveable comic opera
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
A Kenneth More Theatre Production in association with Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) Music Academy, Lithuania present The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart.
Over the course of one mad day the count's manservant Figaro must try to marry his beloved Susanna before the count can seduce her himself. Plotting together with the help of the countess, Figaro and Susanna plan to teach the count a lesson, which only leads to confusion once the love struck teenager Cherubino gets involved.
Love, disguise, passion, intrigue and mayhem in Mozart's most lovable and comic opera The Marriage of Figaro'. A fund raising performance for the Kenneth More Theatre sung by the Kaunas Music Academy, Lithuania, appearing in London for the first time.
A cast of singing professionals who are at the beginning of their international opera careers perform some of the most sublime music ever written. This full length production will be conducted by Mozart expert Josef Wallnig with piano accompaniment.
A semi-professional full production sung in the original Italian
Ticket InfoTickets: £15.00 Adult, £12.00 Concessions
Cast & Credits
Dramatic roles include: Don Alfonso Cosi fan Tutte; Tobias Mill Rossini’s opera La Cambiale di matrimonio; Rombaldo Fernandez La Rondine; Betto di Sinja in Gianni Schicchi; Marquis in G. Verdi La Traviata; Albero Mondego in F. Wilhorn’s The Count of Monte Cristo; Envoy of Žemaitija Crown Road; Count Peter Homonai Der Zigeunerbaron; Falke Die Fledermaus; Tasilo in I. Kalman operetta Grafin Mariza; King of Rhythm The Opera in Stripes; Raich Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor; Mister X Mister X.
Lithuanian and international concerts: Czech Republic; Slovakia; Estonia; Kharkov, Kiev, Ivano - Frankivsk (Ukraine); Hamburg, Görlitz (Germany); St. Petersburg, Moscow's Great Hall of Columns (Russia); Katowice, Wroclaw, Warsaw, Krakow (Poland); Postavy (Belarus). TV project Arc de Triomphe II (Lithuania); Operetta in Kaunas Castle; Musical Spring (Kaliningrad, Russia); Stars of Romansiada (Moscow, Russia); Ball Faberge (Parnu, Estonia); Also performed with Kaunas Symphony, Kaunas State Musical Theatre, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Moscow State Academic National Orchestra.
International singing competitions include: Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Ukraine, Russia and Portugal.
CD recordings: Rigoletto Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra. Conductor K. Orbelian. Delos Productions record label
Andrius Apšega is an honorary fellow of Vytautas Magnus University. Awarded Certificates of Honour from the President of Lithuanian Republic, Prime Minister and Culture Minister.
In 2014 Rapolas started vocal studies at the Academy of Music (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas) in the class of prof. Sabina Martinaitytė and prof. Audronė Eitmanavičiūtė. In 2018, he completed a bachelor degree of Performance Art (Singing).
Dramatic roles include: Korifėjas in the Giedrius Kuprevičius musical Ugnies medžioklė su varovais. In 2016, he performed the role of Camille de Rosillon in the Franz Lehar operetta The Merry Widow. Since 2017 Rapolas has been performing at the Kaunas National Musical Theatre where he is currently performing the role of Tony Bonneville in the Emmerich Kalman operetta Mister X, the role of Albert in the Frank Wildhorn musical The Count of Monte Cristo, and the role of Inmar in the Frank Wildhorn musical Carmen.
International singing competitions include: 1st prize (Lempaala, Finland), 2nd prize (Lonigo, Italy), 2nd prize (Klaipėda, Lithuania).
Daura has been studying at Vytautas Magnus University music academy in the class of prof. Sabina Martinaitytė and prof. Audronė Eitmanavičiutė.
Dramatic roles include: Zemfyra in Rachmaninov’s opera Aleko performed at Latvian Cultural Center and State Academic Capella, St. Petersburg, Russia as part of the Baltic Music Academy; Hana Glavari F. Lehar’s operetta The Merry Widow. Miss Ford in O.Nicola’s opera Windsor Swindlers.
Lithuanian and international concerts include: Daura has performed in over sixty concerts and recitals in the main cities of Lithuania including Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda and in other countries such as Finland, Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, Portugal and Italy.
International singing competitions include: Pearls of Music (Ukraine) – 1st Prize; Art and Pedagogy of the 21st Century (Finland) - 1st Prize; Art of the 21st Century (Portugal, Madeira) - 1st prize; Klaipeda - 1st prize; Art of the 21st Century (Italy) - 2nd prize; Aleksotas talent - 2nd prize.
Rytis has performed roles for the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Kaunas State Musical Theatre and Panevėžys Musical Theatre.
Dramatic roles include: Vienožinskis in Giedrius Kuprevičius’ operetta Kipras, Fiodoras ir kiti; Donkey in Genadijus Gladkovas’ musical Town Musicians of Bremen; Celestin in Paul Abraham’s operetta Ball At The Savoy; Barone Douphol in Verdi’s La Traviata; Barone Populesku in Robert Stolz’s operetta Dream Island; Gianni Schicchi in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi; Sepronio (Joseph Haydn’s The Apothecary; Ford in Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor; Belcore in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love.
International singing competitions: In 2006, Rytis won the Grand Prix prize at the international vocal competition Art and Education in the XXI Century in Kiev and 2nd prize at the B. Grincevičiūtės chamber music competition in Vilnius.
In 2014, graduated Juozas Gruodis Conservatory and started studies at Academy of Music of Vytautas Magnus University under prof. Sabina Martinaitytė and prof. Audronė Eitmanavičiūtė class.
Dramatic roles include: Hanna Glawari and Sylviane in The Merry Widow by F. Lehar; Solo part in Messa in G by W.A. Mozart; Solo part in St. John Passion by J. S. Bach; Mirta in Pilėnai by V. Klova; Zita in Gianni Schicchi by G. Puccini.
Lithuanian and international concerts: Gabrielė has performed concerts in the main cities of Lithuania such as Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda and Šiauliai and also in countries such as Portugal, Latvia and Poland.
International singing competitions include: Kaunas Sonorum (Lithuania, Kaunas) – Grand Prix; Art of XXI century (Lithuania, Kaunas) – Grand Prix; Musical Performance and Pedagogy (Lithuania, Klaipėda) – Grand Prix; Tasi Children and Youth Academic Singing Competition (Latvia, Talsu) – First Prize; Art of XXI century (Portugal, Madeira) – First Prize. In 2014 and 2016, Gabrielė was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation from the President of the Republic of Lithuania ‘For achievements in international competitions’; In 2017, Member of the Republic of Lithuania Seimas Vytautas Juozapaitis Certificate of Appreciation ‘Three Kingdoms Gift’ concert with Kaunas Philharmonic.
Ugnė is a student of the Academy of Music of Vytautas Magnus University. From 2016 attended preliminary courses at VMU MA and in 2017 continued studying at VMU MA for a bachelor degree under prof. Sabina Martinaitytė and prof. Audronė Eitmanavičiūtė class. In these years, Ugnė Matukaitytė has participated international projects and masterclasses.
Monika started vocal studies at the Academy of Music (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas) in 2014 in the class of prof. Sabina Martinaitytė and prof. Audronė Eitmanavičiūtė.
Dramatic roles include: Valencienne in the F. Lehar operetta The Merry Widow; In 2016, she performed a soprano part in Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D major and in 2017 performed a soprano part in Bach’s Johannes Passion BWV 245; Currently Monika can be seen performing the role of Mabel Gibson in the Emmerich Kalman operetta Mister X in Kaunas National Musical Theatre which has been in the repertoire since 2017.
Lithuanian and international concerts: Monika has performed in generous number of different concerts (classical, music festivals and projects, ect.) on a variety of stages in Lithuania and in countries such as Poland, Latvia, Ukraine, Slovakia.
International singing competitions include: The Pearls of Art – Grand Prix (Kiev, Ukraine); Art and Education in the XXI Century – Grand Prix (Klaipėda, Lithuania); Art and Education in the XXI Century – 1st prize (Klaipėda, Lithuania); Art and Education in the XXI Century – 1st prize (Kaunas, Lithuania); 22nd Mikulaš Schneider – Trnavsky International Vocal Competition – 3rd prize (Trnava, Slovakia); International vocal competition for children and youth – 3rd prize (Talsi, Latvia).
In 2016 and in 2018, the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė honoured Monika for international accomplishments in music. In 2018, Vytautas Magnus University rewarded Monika with a Scholarship of Honour for her international musical achievements.
In 2015 started singing studies at the Academy of Music in Vytautas Magnus University in the class of prof. Sabina Martinaitytė and prof. Audronė Eitmanavičiūtė.
Lithuanian and international concerts: Gabrielė has performed a considerable number of concerts in the main cities of Lithuania such as Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda and also in other countries such as Finland, Poland, Germany, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
Dramatic roles include: Valencienne and Njegus in F. Lehar operetta The Merry Widow; In 2017 she performed a soprano part in F. Schubert mass Messa in G with VMU MA symphonic orchestra, conductor M.Radzevičius.
International singing competitions include: Musical Performance and Pedagogy (Lithuania, Klaipėda) – Grand Prix; Musical Performance and Pedagogy (Finland, Lempaala) – Grand Prix; The Art of XXI century (Lithuania, Kaunas) – Ist Prize; Pearls of Art (Ukraine, Kiev) – Ist Prize; Eurasian Music Games (Kazakhstan, Astana) – Finalist; Giulio Perotti competition (Germany) – Second round; Kaunas Sonorum (Lithuania, Kaunas) – 3rd Prize.
In 2018 Vytautas Magnus University rewarded Gabrielė with a Scholarship of Honour for her international musical achievements and in the same year the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė honoured her for international accomplishments in music.
In 2012 graduated Raseiniai school of art and started studies at Academy of Music of Vytautas Magnus University under prof. Sabina Martinaitytė and prof. Audronė Eitmanavičiūtė.
Dramatic roles include: Korifėjus in Ugnies medžioklė su varovais by G. Kuprevičius; Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor; Leporello in Don Giovanni; Zeta in The Merry Widow by F.Lehar; Old Man in Aleko; Ulrichas in the opera Pilėnai; In 2015 he performed solo part in Mozart’s Messa in G with VMU MA chamber orchestra, conductor M. Chmieliauskaitė; In 2017 he performed solo part in Shubert’s Messa in G with VMU MA chamber orchestra, conductor M.Radzevičius and a solo part in Bach’s St. John Passion with VMU MA symphony orchestra, conductor prof. R.B. Twardy.
Lithuanian and international concerts: Martynas has performed in concerts in all the main cities of Lithuania such as Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and also in other countries such as Finland, Latvia and poland.
International singing competitions include: 2013 International Singers Competition (Finland, Lempala) – Ist Prize; 2015 The Art of XXI century (Lithuania, Kaunas) – 2nd Prize.
In 2014 Martynas was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation from the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė ‘For achievements in international competitions’. In 2017 Member of the of the Republic of Lithuania Seimas Vytautas Juozapaitis awarded Martynas a Certificate of Appreciation for the "Three Kingdoms Gift" concert in Kaunas Philharmonic.
Kotryna is a Lithuanian pianist. In 2013, she graduated from the Music Academy of Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas. 2008-2009 she studied under the exchange programme of ERASMUS in Stuttgart, Germany and in 2009, won the Bruno Frey Music Prize in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Since 2011, she is working at the VMU Music Academy as accompanist in Singing and Strings departments and since 2013 as a assistant in Piano department.
Kotryna Kaklauskaitė has performed in Lithuania, Germany and Poland, has won prizes at international competitions in Lithuania, France, Italy and Ukraine. She is constantly improving her professional skills in various masterclasses of Jerome Lowenthal, Kiril Gerstein, Hans-Peter Stenzl, Valentina Berman, Fali Pavri , Povilas Stravinskis, Mūza Rubackytė, Petras Geniušas, Wolfgang Niessner and Josef Wallnig.
Josef was born in Salzburg, Austria. He studied piano, composition and conducting with Hans Swarowsky at the Academies of Music in Salzburg, Vienna and Rome. He worked as assistant of Karl Böhm at the Salzburg Festivals, where he later (in 2006) conducted the early operas of W.A.Mozart Apollo et Hyacinthus and Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots. Since 1980, Josef has been professor for opera interpretation at the University of Music Mozarteum Salzburg. He was Chair of the Opera department as well as Vice-rector of the Mozarteum. In 2006, he founded the Mozart Opera Institute MOI, which he developed to an international renowned institution. In 2009, he conducted Don Giovanni in Peking and in 2013, Bastien and Bastienne in Macao. He is also Artistic Director of Ensemble 17 which has performed concerts in Austria, Germany and Italy. Josef has taught and conducted masterclasses in the USA, Russia (at Bolshoi Theatre), China, Korea, Egypt as well as in many European countries. He gives lectures at the Salzburg Festivals every year.
In 2008, Josep received the doctorship of honour of the Academy of Music Vilnius/Lithuania and in 2010, he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class.
Michael trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art winning the Alec Clunes Award.
Directing: Bump (Buckle Up Theatre. Edinburgh, Manchester and Prague Fringe Festivals. Tristan Bates Theatre and Vault festival London. Winner ‘Best Comedy’ Manchester Fringe); Portmanteau (Arcati Productions, Sarwanam Theatre, Kathmandu, Nepal. 2018); Playing with Fire (TIE Tour); Pandora’s Box (NMT Automatics, Greenwich Playhouse and tour. 2018); Our Country’s Good (Identity School of Acting, Omnibus Theatre Clapham. 2017); Macbeth (Theatre Zamaites, Telsiai, Lithuania UK tour); Dido and Aeneas (No Man’s Time Automatics, Greenwich Theatre and tour 2017); Journeys (Tristan Bates and Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival and festivals in Belgium, Germany and Lithuania); A Doll’s House (UK Touring Theatre, National Tour); Love on the Tracks (Big Olive Productions at Watermill Newbury, Soho Theatre); Twelfth Night (GB Touring Theatre, UK tour and Dublin Shakespeare Festival); Therese Raquin (UK tour); Hidden Voices (Paradoxos, Oakengates Telford); Tricks of the Trade (Paradoxos, Northern Tour); A Difference Between Friends (Paradoxos, South Wales tour and Grand, Swansea); Unlocking the Pyramid (National tour and Lyceum, Sheffield); Victim (Shaw, London); The Hostage, The Treatment (LAMDA); Crossing the Line (Crucible, Sheffield); The Dumb Waiter and Extremities (Baron’s Court); Mata Hari (Lilian Baylis); Foundation Stone (Nottingham, Albert Hall).
Work as an actor: Title Role in Titus Andronicus (Mercury Colchester and Neuss Shakespeare Festival, Germany); Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor (Neuss Shakespeare Festival, Germany); Hamlet, The Devil’s Disciple, Toad of Toad Hall, Twelfth Night (Birmingham Rep); Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (Towngate Basildon, Mumford Cambridge and tour). Manoeuvres (Ware Arts Centre); Spring Awakening (Young Vic); The Country Wife (Basingstoke Rep); The Inimitable Dickens (South East Tour); Gosforth’s Fete (Monte Carlo Festival); A Change of Mind (Sadler’s Wells); Ghost Sonata (Hampstead); Measure for Measure (BAC); Macbeth, A Dream Play (Sturdy Beggars).
Michael regularly leads masterclasses on acting and stagecraft for actors and opera singers both in the UK and internationally including Germany, Czech Republic, Ireland, USA and for many years in Lithuania.
Sabina is a leading soloist of Kaunas State Musical Theater, member of Lithuanian musician union, member of the international association of pedagogues “Art of the XXI century”, member of international association of opera singers “Forgotten opera”, artistic supervisor of international opera studio. She has sung in all opera theatres of Lithuania and made guest performances at the Bolshoi Opera Theater of Minsk (Belarus), toured in theatres of Tartu, Tallinn (Estonia), Kazan (Tatarstan), Chicago (USA), Riga (Latvia), Slaska Opera (Poland).
Main roles performed in opera: Violetta (Verdi's La Traviata), Gilda (G. Verdi's Rigoletto), Butterfly (Puccini Madama Butterfly), Donna Anna (Mozart Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Mozart Cosi fan tutte), Martha (F. Flotov Martha), Leonore (Beethoven's Fidelio), Tatiana (P. I. Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin), Fanny (G. Rossini La Cambiale Di Matrimonio), Egle (V. Klova Pilėnai), Nedda (R. Leoncavallo Pagliacci), Marguerite (C. Gounod Faust), Jurate ( K. V. Banaitis, Jurate and Kastytis), Maddalena de Coigny (U. Giordano Andrea Chénier), Queen Bona (G. Kuprevicius Queen Bona), Girl (A. Schonberg monodrama Erwartung), Catherine (A.Zigaitite opera mystery Insight), Fairy (T.Kutavichyus Little Longnose), Serpina (G. B. Pergolesi La serva padrona), The Stranger (B. Kiselev monoopera Strangers letters), Girl (M. Tariverdiev monoopera Expectation), Faustina (opera pastiche Faustina), Princess Anne (V. Klova Zalgiris), Tosca (G. Puccini, Tosca).
Other vocal performances: W. A. Mozart's Requiem, the finale of the symphony Beethoven 9 (recording on European Radio), F. Poulenc Stabat Mater, Schubert Mass in G, G. Rossini Stabat Mater, A. Vivaldi Gloria, G. B. Pergolesi Stabat Mater, L. Cherubini Messe in C, C. Gounod Mass, D. Kairaityte, Cantata coasts, G. Kuprevicius Six metaphysical romances. Also performances with: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Estonia State Symphony Orchestra, Latvia State Symphony Orchestra, Liepaja (Latvia) Symphony Orchestra, Bergen (Norway) Symphony Orchestra.
Performances in international music and opera festivals include: Lithuania; Arkhangelsk (Russia), F. Chaliapin Kazan (Tatarstan), G. Otsa Tallin (Estonia), St. Brigit Liepaja (Latvia), Ostrowiec (Poland), mono play Wroclaw (Poland), Katowice (Poland), Kharkov ensemble Kharkov (Ukraine), Zizkovec Palace Prague (Czech Republic), International Opera Festival Cuuresaare (Estonia), S.Monyushko festival (Kudowa-Zdroj, Poland), Musical Spring (Kaliningrad, Russia), E. Grieg (Bergen, Norway), Baltic Countries Concerts (Boston, USA) Laureate of international competitions and festivals: competition of young performers laureate of first prize (Kishinev, Moldova); G. Otsa competition of young opera singers laureate of first prize (Tallin Estonia); laureate of M. Glinka singers competition IV prize; laureate of singers competition 2nd prize (Limoges, France); laureate of F. Chaliapin festival of opera (Kazan, Tatarstan); laureate of mono play festival (Wroclaw, Poland).
In 2000 Sabina was awarded "The most memorable artist of the year", for the role of Violeta in La Traviata and Madalena in Andrea Chénier. In 2002 she was awarded the "Fortune" prize for the role of Queen Bona Sforza in Queen Bona and became the laureate of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. She was recognized as the best opera singer of the 2001-2002 season and in 2008 as soloist won the prize "Real Music" for creative and educational success. In the same year Sabina became a winner of the "Golden Disc". In 2011 Sabina was awarded with the Honorary Order of the second degree "Merge".
Professor of music academy Vytautas Magnus University VMU and senior concertmaster. Member of Lithuanian musician union, member of the international association of pedagogues “Art of the XXI century”, member of international association of opera singers “Forgotten opera”, chief of international opera studio. 1983 graduated from Lithuanian State Conservatory (specialty piano), soloist, concertmaster. 1985 graduated assistantship – probation period N. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory St. Petersburg, Russia.
Laureate of international competitions: B. Dvarionas competition of pianists - 3rd place and special award for best B. Dvarionas composition performance (Vilnius, Lithuania); competition of young performers of chamber music – 2nd place (Riga, Latvia); G. Otsa competition of opera singers - 1st place. and the best concertmaster rank, Tallin Estonia); competition of chamber ensemble - diploma (Moscow, Russia); laureate of international F. Chaliapin festival of opera (Kazan, Tatarstan); M. K. Čiurlionis competition of pianist (diploma); competition Art of Accompaniment - 1st place (Kiev, Ukraine); A. Sary competition of singers (1st place and rank of the best concertmaster (Poland); laureate of music festival Kaliningrad Spring (Kaliningrad, Russia). Participant of international music festivals in Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Tatarstan, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Finland, Italy, Portugal, German, Czechia, Slovakia, USA.
Concerts: Lithuania, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Kaliningrad (Russia), Baku (Azerbaijan), Mantaa, Yuvyaskele, Lempaalaa, Tampere (Finland), Kiev, Kharkov (Ukraine), Yerevan (Armenia), Kishinev (Moldova), Cologne, Hamburg, Bon (Germany), Prague, Zdar over Sazovou (Czech Republic), Vrable, Nitra (Slovakia), Warsaw, Wroclaw, Bytom, Katowice, Lublin, Ostrovtsy, Brzeg, Krakow (Poland), Boston, Chicago (USA), Tallinn, Parnu, Kochtla-Jarve, Saaremaa (Estonia), Riga, Liepaja, Daugavpils, Talsi (Latvia), Minsk, Podstavy (Bellarusiya), Lonigo (Italy), Madeira (Portugal), (Astana) Kazahstan. Audronė has prepared over 90 various programs, theatrical concerts, opera pastiches. Including: Ave Maria, works of Lithuanian, Russian, Italian, French, German, American operas, operettas, musicals, romances, songs, etc. An opera pastiche Faustina; monoopera B. Kiseliova Letter from an Unknown Woman; G. B. Pergolezi opera La serva padrona; A. Gobernik musical Love is not joking; concert of operetta I. Kalman "Silva", opera V. Klova "Two swords"; musical G. Kuprevicius Fire Hunt and Beater, F.lahar The Merry Widow. Awarded four deeds of acknowledgment by Lithuanian presidents, Kaunas Municipality “Kindness Crystal”. Awarded bronze and silver medal of Kaunas Municipality for art and pedagogic achievements.