Kostas Smoriginas sings Escamillo in Carmen at the Bregenzer Festpiele
Kostas Smoriginas returns to the role of Escamillo in Bizet Carmen this month, starring in Kaspar Holten's production at the Bregenzer Festspiele from 19 July 2018. Smoriginas sings opposite Gaëlle Arquez as Carmen and Daniel Johansson as Don José.
Escamillo is one of Smoriginas' signature roles. He sang it most recently in Barrie Kosky's new production of Carmen for the Royal Opera, for which he received critical acclaim:
"He makes an attractive, silky voiced Escamillo."
Guardian, February 2018
"Kostas Smoriginas is a smouldering, god’s-gift Escamillo, impressively taking on the convulsively staged bullring crowds of Act Four."
Classical Source, February 2018
Carmen runs until 20 August.
David Alden's new production of Lohengrin opens at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
David Alden's new production of Wagner Lohengrin opens at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 7 June 2018. Conducted by Andris Nelsons, the production features Klaus Florian Vogt and Christine Goerke in the lead roles.
The production is Alden's second for the Royal Opera this season. His first, of Semirimade with Joyce DiDonato, premiered in November 2017 and won the Olivier Award for Best Opera Production.
Alden's other highlights this season include Maria Stuarda for Opernhaus Zurich and a revival of his acclaimed production of Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro Real, Madrid.
The Lohengrin cast also includes Thomas Atkins, Simon Shibambu and Kostas Smoriginas, in the role of Herald, who returns to the Royal Opera House after singing Escamillo in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Carmen earlier this year. Atkins and Shibambu are currently members of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.
Kostas Smoriginas & Susanna Hurrell return to the Royal Opera House for Carmen
Kostas Smoriginas and Susanna Hurrell return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, this month for Barrie Kosky’s new production of Bizet Carmen, which opens on 6 February 2018 with musical direction from Jakub Hrůša.
Smoriginas is a former member of the ROH's Jette Parker Young Artist Programme and returns as Escamillo, one of his signature roles. He makes a further return to Covent Garden later this season as the Herald in David Alden’s new production of Wagner Lohengrin.
Hurrell made her Covent Garden debut in 2016 as Lauretta in Puccini Gianni Schicchi, and returns this year making her role debut as Micaela. In April she can be seen in the Royal Opera House’s revival of Phillip Venables 4.48 Psychosis at the Lyric Hammersmith, and this summer returns to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
Carmen runs until 16 March at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Kostas Smoriginas joins Intermusica for worldwide representation
Intermusica is delighted to announce the signing of Lithuanian bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas for worldwide representation.
Smoriginas made his debut as Escamillo Carmen at the Berliner Staatsoper. He has since performed the role at the Salzburg Easter Festival, Santa Fe Music Festival, Dresden Semperoper and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and recorded with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle. Smoriginas has performed at Teatro alla Scala, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, and at La Monnaie, Brussels, among others. Recent successes include Count Le Nozze di Figaro in Malmö and Tchelakov in the new production of Boris Godunov at Covent Garden.
Forthcoming engagements include the title role in Don Giovanni at the Opera de Lausanne; his return to Covent Garden for two new productions, and Escamillo in Kasper Holten’s new production of Carmen at the Bregenzer Festspiele, as well as returning in title roles to Lithuanian National Opera and Semperoper Dresden.
Smoriginas won rave reviews for his BBC Proms debut in Stravinsky’s Les Noces and has performed Dvorak’s Te Deum with the Orchestre de Paris; The Bells with Boston Symphony Orchestra; Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater with Edward Gardner and the CBSO, and with the LSO and Valery Gergiev. He will perform Shostakovich Symphony No.13 at the Prague Spring Festival with Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic this spring.