Jurate Svedaite (Lithuania/USA)
Possesssing a vocal artistry and stage presence capable of “transfixing audiences with moments of opera magic,” Lithuanian soprano, Jurate Švedaite, has performed throughout Europe and the United States with the Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra, the European Baroque Festival Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Kaunas Chamber Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Ensemble “Lietuva,” and Mystic River Chorale, among others, in venues as varied as Carnegie Hall, the Lithuanian Philharmonic, and Foxwood’s Resort and Casino.
Highlights of Ms. Švedaite’s 2011-2012 season include starring as Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Desdemona (Otello) with Connecticut Lyric Opera, a recital of Szymanowski songs and Mozart arias with the Classical Orchestra of Pila (Poland), a solo concert with the New Britain Symphony, soprano soloist in Rutter’s Magnificat with Monadnock Chorus (New Hampshire) and premiering a song cycle by American composer Richard Schenk written specifally for her. Her previous roles include the diva Tosca, Violetta in La Traviata, Mimi in La Bohème, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Marguerite in Faust, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Nedda in Pagliacci, Micaela in Carmen, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, the title role in Floyd’s Susanhah and Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. An active perfomer of sacred works and oratorios as well, her credits include Monteverdi’s and Vivaldi’s Magnificats; Bach’s Mass in B minor, Christmas Oratorio, Coffe and Peasant Cantatas as well as numerous sacred cantatas; Mozart’s Requiem, Exsultate Jubilate, Solemn Vespers and Missa Brevis; Pergolessi’s Stabat Mater, Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem and Faure’s Requiem.
The granddaughter of one of Lithuania’s most revered composers and arrangers of traditional music, Jonas Švedas, she began performing at an early age and made her recording debut at the age of twelve; also at that time, she hosted several programs for children on national television. Ms. Švedaite later attended the Lithuanian Music Academy where she earned Bachelors and Masters and Degrees in Opera Performance and Vocal Instruction. She now resides in SE Connecticut where she an Assistant Professor at Connecticut College as well as voice instructor at Thames Valley Music School.
Ms. Švedaite is exclusively represented by George Martynuk Artists Management.