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Lithuanian soprano Vida Miknevičiūtė will make her role debut in the current 2023/24 season as the Countess in Richard Strauss’ Capriccio at Victorian Opera Melbourne under the baton of Simone Young. She can also be seen as Lisa (Pique Dame) at the Semperoper Dresden, Jenůfa, Chrysothemis (Elektra) and Elsa (Lohengrin) at the Staatsoper unter den Linden, Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Chrysothemis at the Munich Opera Festival. She will make her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the New Year’s Eve concerts as Sieglinde (Die Walküre) under the baton of Kirill Petrenko and will also sing this role in the Ring at the Staatsoper unter den Linden as well as at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.
In the 2022/23 season she made her role debut as Sieglinde in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production of the Ring at the Staatsoper unter den Linden and sang this role as well at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. She also made her acclaimed debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Salome and debuted as well with this role at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In addition, she was once again a guest at the Bavarian State Opera (Chrysothemis, Giuditta, Salome), made her debut at the Semperoper Dresden as Lisa in the new production of Pique Dame and, in addition to Sieglinde, also appeared as Jenůfa and Senta at the Berlin State Opera. With the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, she made her role debut as Brünnhilde in a concert performance of Richard Wagner’s Siegfried.
Vida Miknevičiūtė made her highly acclaimed debut at the 2021 Salzburg Festival as Chrysothemis (Elektra) under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst. In the 2021/22 season, she made her successful house debut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as Giuditta in the new production of Lehár’s operetta of the same name, returned to the Vienna State Opera as Marietta (Die Tote Stadt), to the Hamburg State Opera as Chrysothemis, and to the Berlin State Opera as Elsa and Chrysothemis. She also made her debut at the Bolshoi in Moscow as Salome in October 2021 and sang this role in Christoph Loy’s new production at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki.
In the 2019/20 season she made her role debut as Elsa in Calixto Bieto’s new production of Lohengrin at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, where she made her brilliant debut as Chrysothemis under the baton of Daniel Barenboim in the 2018/19 season and returned in the 2019/20 season as Helmwige (Die Walküre). At the Victorian Opera in Melbourne she made her critically and publicly acclaimed debut as Salome and won the Green Room Award as Best Leading Singer for her outstanding interpretation of this role. She subsequently also made her debut as Salome at the Vienna State Opera. Further guest engagements took her as the Empress (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Chrysothemis, Maddalena di Coigny (Andrea Chénier) and Elettra (Idomeneo) to the Staatstheater Kassel, as Natalie Princess of Orange (Der Prinz von Homburg) to the Stuttgart State Opera, to Frankfurt Opera as Sylva Varescú (Die Csárdásfürstin) and to the Leipzig Opera as Irene (Rienzi). At the Latvian National Opera in Riga she made her debut as Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) and was heard there as well as Marguerite (Faust), Senta and Lisa as well as Senta at the State Theater in Wiesbaden.
Between 2011 and 2020, Vida Miknevičiūtė was a member of the ensemble of the Staatstheater Mainz, where she sang Elettra (Idomeneo), Princess Natalie of Orange (Der Prinz von Homburg), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Margherita (Mefistofele), Violetta Valéry (La traviata), Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Marguerite (Faust), Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites), Mimì (La bohème), Ursula (Mathis der Maler), Elisabeth (Don Carlo), Sieglinde in R. Wagner/Loriot (The Ring in One Evening) and Maria Boccanegra (Simon Boccanegra) and others.
Vida Miknevičiūtė received important musical influences and worked with renowned conductors such as Simone Young, Daniel Barenboim, Adam Fischer, Valery Gergiev, Alexander Joel, Eun Sun Kim, Franz Welser-Möst, Peter Schneider, Kent Nagano, Gintaras Rinkevicius and Hermann Bäumer. To date, Vida Mikneviciute has appeared in productions by directors such as Lorenzo Fioroni, Katharina Thalbach, Johannes Schütz, Tilman Knabe, Harry Kupfer, Christof Nel, Christoph Loy, Tom Ryser and Vera Nemirova.
Concert appearances have taken the singer to the Tonhalle Zurich, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Mikkeli Music Festival, the Teatro di San Carlo Napoli, the Bratislava Festival, the L’Auditori de Barcelona and the Auditorio Nacional Madrid as well as to her native Lithuania. She has performed the soprano parts of Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Verdi’s Requiem.
After attending a music high school, she did her master’s degree in singing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Kaunas. An Erasmus scholarship took the young soprano to the Leipzig University of Music “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in 2003. Between 2005 and 2007, Vida Miknevičiūtė was a member of the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera House. At the same time, she received guest contracts with the Festival Aix-en-Provence and the Theater Basel. From 2008 to 2010, the soprano was engaged at the International Opera Studio of the Hamburg State Opera, where her roles included Hébé and Phani (Les Indes galantes), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Micaëla (Carmen), Wellgunde and Freia (Rheingold) and Helmwige (Walküre). She was guest as well as Freia (Rheingold) with the Hamburg State Opera in Brisbane, Australia, under the baton of Simone Young.
The singer has successfully participated in various competitions. Among others, she is the winner of the 1st Prize and 1st Audience Prize of the Robert Stolz Singing Competition “Viennese Operetta” in Hamburg and other competitions in Lithuania and Russia. She is also a fellow of the Barenberg-Bank scholarship for artistic development in Hamburg, and of the Concorso Riccardo Zandonai in Riva del Garda.
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