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Kostas Smoriginas


Kostas Smoriginas returns to the Bolshoi as Escamillo

10 November 2018

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Kostas sings his renowned interpretation of Escamillo at the Bolshoi this month in performances of Carmen conducted by the Bolshoi’s music director Tugan Sokhiev on 17 and 18 November 2018.

Last season Smoriginas performed Escamillo in Barrie Kosky’s Carmen production at Covent Garden and in Kasper Holten’s production on the floating stage at the Bregenz Festival. In the last 10 years Smoriginas has performed Escamillo all over the world, including at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Salzburg Easter Festival, Santa Fe Festival, Dresden Semperoper, Beijing NCPA, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and with the Berlin Philharmonic in a recording for EMI Classics conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

"Kostas Smoriginas is a smouldering, god’s-gift Escamillo, impressively taking on the convulsively staged bullring crowds of Act Four."
Classical Source, February 2018

At the start of this season Smoriginas sang his first Jochanaan in the new Ted Huffman production of Salome for Cologne Opera, and next Spring returns to the Bolshoi for performances of Tomsky in Pique Dame. Smoriginas also performed concerts of Rachmaninov’s The Bells with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko earlier this month. Last season he impressed as Heerrufer in David Alden’s new production of Lohengrin at Covent Garden, and further ahead returns to several major opera houses to sing his first Scarpia in Tosca, first Verdi roles and in new productions as the title role Eugene Onegin and as Jochanaan in Salome.

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Kostas Smoriginas debuts as Jochanaan in Salome at Oper Köln

30 September 2018

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Kostas Smoriginas makes his role debut as Jochanaan in Ted Huffman’s new production of Salome, which opens at Oper Köln on 14 October. He stars alongside Ingela Brimberg in the title role.

The Lithuanian bass-baritone, who last season enjoyed success as Escamillo in Barrie Kosky’s Carmen at Covent Garden and in Kasper Holten’s Carmen production on the floating stage in Bregenz, develops his already impressive early reputation in German repertoire. Kostas impressed as Heerrufer in David Alden’s celebrated new production of Lohengrin at Covent Garden earlier this year, and continues to add some exciting new roles to his repertoire in the coming seasons. Later this season he sings the title role in Bluebeard’s Castle at the Teatro Nacional del Sao Carlos, and further ahead portrays his first Scarpia in Tosca for a new production at Opera de Rouen as well as returning to Russian repertoire with Eugene Onegin in several important houses. Other upcoming engagements include Rachmaninov’s The Bells with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, his celebrated Escamillo at the Bolshoi and several other prestigious opera houses, and his returns to Covent Garden and the Bregenz Festival.

Salome runs at Oper Köln until 10 November 2018.

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Kostas Smoriginas sings Escamillo in Carmen at the Bregenzer Festpiele

05 July 2018

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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.

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David Alden's new production of Lohengrin opens at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

24 May 2018

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David Alden
Thomas Atkins
Simon Shibambu

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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.

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Kostas Smoriginas & Susanna Hurrell return to the Royal Opera House for Carmen

23 January 2018

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Susanna Hurrell

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Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

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.

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Kostas Smoriginas joins Intermusica for worldwide representation

14 March 2017

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.

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Intermusica represents Kostas Smoriginas worldwide

Maria Mot
Associate Director, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9904

Rozemarijn Tiben
Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9921

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