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Kostas Smoriginas

Bass-baritone

  • Kostas Smoriginas is one of the most promising bass-baritones of today. He made his debut at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin as Escamillo Carmen and has since performed the role with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle (recorded for EMI Classics), the Salzburg Easter Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Santa Fe Music Festival, Dresden Semperoper, and with Beijing’s National Centre for Performing Arts.

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  • Highlights of the 2017/18 season include Escamillo in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Carmen and Heerrufer in Lohengrin, both for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. For Lithuanian National Opera he will sing Escamillo as well as the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Le nozze di Figaro. Recent successes include the title role in Don Giovanni at Opera de Lausanne; Figaro Le nozze di Figaro in Dresden; Escamillo in Kasper Holten’s new production of Carmen at the Bregenz Festival; the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Le nozze di Figaro for Lithuanian National Opera, as well as Count Le nozze di Figaro in Malmo, title roles in Aleko and The Demon at La Monnaie and Tchelakov in the new production of Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.


    Smoriginas made his US opera debut in 2010 as Figaro Le nozze di Figaro at Washington National Opera, a role he later repeated at San Francisco Opera. He has recorded the role of Pietro Simon Boccanegra alongside Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ildar Abdrazakov and Barbara Frittoli. In addition to Escamillo and Tchelakov and various other roles, Smoriginas has performed Colline La bohème at Covent Garden. Other operatic engagements have included title role Don Giovanni at Teatro Municipal Santiago, Chile and in Toulouse; Leporello Don Giovanni at Opera de Bordeaux; Tomsky Pique Dame with the New Israeli Opera; title role Eugene Onegin, Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte and Scarpia Tosca at Vilnius City Opera; and Masetto Don Giovanni for his Teatro alla Scala, Milan debut and in a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov conducted by Marc Minkowski at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.


    Smoriginas is in high demand on the concert platform. His repertoire includes Verdi, Mozart and Faure’s Requiems, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, Dvořák's Te Deum and Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater, which he sang with Edward Gardner and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev. He won rave reviews for his BBC Proms debut in Stravinsky’s Les Noces at the Royal Albert Hall. Recent concert engagements include Dvořák’s Te Deum with the Orchestre de Paris and Rachmaninov’s The Bells with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons. At the 2017 Prague Spring Festival, he performs Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 with Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.


    Smoriginas studied at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy before representing his country at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He spent two years at the Royal College of Music and was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House for two years.

    2017-2018 season / 499 words. Not to be altered without permission.

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Opera repertoire

Bartók
Title role Bluebeard's Castle


Bellini
Riccardo I puritani


Bizet
Escamillo Carmen


Donizetti
Malatesta Don Pasquale
Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor


Leoncavallo
Tonio Pagliacci


Massenet
Albert Werther


Mozart
Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte
Title role Don Giovanni
Figaro / Il Conte Le nozze di Figaro


Puccini
Scarpia Tosca
Sharpless Madama Butterfly
Lescaut Manon Lescaut


Rachmaninov
Title role Aleko


Rubinstein
Title role The Demon


R. Strauss
Oreste Elektra
Jochanaan Salome


Saint-Saëns
Samson et Dalila High Priest


Tchaikovsky
Title role Eugene Onegin
Tomsky Pique Dame


Verdi
Rodrigo / Posa Don Carlo
Ford Falstaff
Renato Un ballo in maschera


Wagner
Herrufer Lohengrin
Kurwenal Tristan und Isolde 

Concert repertoire

Beethoven
Symphony No.9


Dvořák
Te Deum


Rachmaninov
The Bells


Shostakovich
Symphony No.13


Stravinsky
Les noces


Szymanowski
Stabat Mater


Verdi
Requiem 

Smoriginas swaggered into Lillas Pastia's café as the reigning bullfighter and sang his 'Toreador Song' with resonant, robust sounds. He seemed to be having fun with the role and the part fit him perfectly.

Opera Today

As Figaro, bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas sang with power and clarity, at his best when venting righteous anger on learning of Almaviva's designs on Susanna the night before her scheduled marriage to Figaro.

New Orleans Advocate

The real revelation of the evening is the young Lithuanian bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas... The voice is splendid, powerful and rich in a great variety of colours. But Smoriginas is also a fine musician who manages to give a lot of humanity to his character, and to make him almost sympathetic despite his dark designs.

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Rachel Walters
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+44 20 7608 9903
rwalters@intermusica.co.uk

Martha Hartman
Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9921
mhartman@intermusica.co.uk

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