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Kostas Smoriginas

  • Bass-Baritone

Biography

Kostas Smoriginas's recent successes include his appearance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for the role of Colline La Bohème, at the Staatsoper unter den Linden, Berlin, for his role debut as Escamillo, and with The Israeli Opera in the role of Tomsky Pique Dame. He made his US debut with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta and at Carnegie Hall, and appeared in the title role Le Nozze di Figaro at Washington National Opera.

Mr Smoriginas studied at the Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy from an early age.After moving to London in 2005 and representing his country in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, he spent two years at the Royal College of Music before joining the Jette Parker young artist programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at the beginning of the 2007/08 Season.

At RCM, Mr Smoriginas appeared as Araspe Tolemeo and Seneca L'incoronazione di Poppea; as Dandini La Cenerentola and Pizzaro Fidelio with the National Latvian Symphony Orchestra; Tomsky Pique Dame at Latvian National Opera; other early appearances include Masetto Don Giovanni and Melitone La Forza del Destino.

Completely at ease on the concert platform, his repertoire includes the Requiems of Verdi, Mozart and Faure, Händel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Janacek’s Gagolitic Mass, and much more, including standard Russian repertoire.

Recent Royal Opera House engagements while a Jette Parker young artist include his unexpected mainstage debut as Alidoro La Cenerentola, the Marquis d'Obigny La Traviata, Angelotti Tosca, Zuniga Carmen, Flemish Deputy Don Carlo, Bello La Fanciulla del West, Smirnov The Bear, Schlemil Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Mandarin Turandot, Third Elder Lohengrin, Journalist Lulu; additionally he covered the roles of Escamillo Carmen and Mozart’s Figaro, andpresented the title role Don Giovanni at the JPYAP end-of-season concert.

Past successes include his BBC Proms debut in Stravinsky’s Les Noce under the baton of Ed Gardner at the Royal Albert Hall; he recently won Third Place in Placido Domingo’s prestigious international vocal competition, Operalia.