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LNOBT Announces its Repertoire for the 2008/09 Season

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Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre announced its repertoire for the coming 2008/09 theatre season - take a look, choose your favourite performances.

On 2 October 2008 Ramón Vargas will launch the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre’s 89th Season in a special gala concert.

If we were to compile a top ten list of today’s most prominent opera stars, the Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas’ name would definitely be somewhere at the top of the list. While unfolding the mystery of his singing the listener is submerged into an even bigger secret. Ramón Vargas’ enchanting voice - velvety and shimmering like gold - is floating in world’s most famous opera houses. The soloist is worshiped by millions of devoted fans around the world and is currently one of the most popular and sought-after tenors.

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This is today. However, the beginning of soloist’s career was not quite that successful. Many years ago he was going to sing in a celebration of his school and all the teachers and parents of the students were gathered in the patio. Little boy Ramón Vargas who was often called Pedro Infante at the school (Pedro Infante was an extremely popular Mexican singer and movie star) was supposed to sing a solo episode. When the conductor signalled him to begin to sing alone he was paralyzed by fear, mouth wide open, unable to draw a single note out of his throat. “Sing, Vargas! Sing!” the Father Xavier González urged him, but nothing. The other boys continued singing his part together as well as they could, and the carol ended.

The singers went out of the patio and little Ramón ran away to take refuge in a corner, crying bitterly. Passing, his companions tapped him on the shoulder without a word, as if they were expressing their condolences to the unfortunate colleague; everybody thought that his career as a soloist had ended there. But the choirmaster, a clever psychologist, took the boy aside: “Don’t worry, Vargas, this happens to singers frequently; it was very cold in the patio and you were blown by an “air stroke” that completely closed your throat; that is why you stood mute like that. So, since we have got to sing again tomorrow, from now until the concert you must keep yourself warm and well away from any drafts, and everything will go fine, you’ll see.” These words turned out to be fatal. Ramón trusted him and the next day sang very confidently. “I had beaten stage fright!” - still remembers the singer.


October 2, Thursday, 7:00 PM
LNOBT OPENING NIGHT GALA CONCERT
Soloists Ramón Vargas (Mexico), Sigute Stonyte (Lithuania)
Conductor Angelo Cavallaro
LNOBT Simphony Orchestra
Standby tickets are available at 50 Litas..
50,70,110,150,190,230,500 Lt.
October 3, Friday, 6:30 PM
Modest Musorgskij
an opera in 2 parts
Conductor Robertas Servenikas
Cast: Edem Umerov (Russia), Viktorija Stanelyte (house debut as Xenia), Audrius Rubezius, Arunas Malikenas (house debut as Shchelkalov), Vytautas Bakula, Sergej Grankvist (Russia), Egidijus Dauskurdis (house debut as Varlaam)
20,30,40,50,60,120 Lt.

October 4, Saturday, 6:30 PM
Modest Musorgskij
an opera in 2 parts
Conductor Robertas Servenikas
Cast: Edem Umerov (Russia), Viktorija Stanelyte, Audrius Rubezius, Arunas Malikenas, Vytautas Bakula, Sergej Grankvist (Russia), Egidijus Dauskurdis, Rafailas Karpis, Tomas Vaitkus
20,30,40,50,60,120 Lt.

October 5, Sunday, 12:00 PM
Mikis Theodorakis
a ballet in 2 acts
Conductor Modestas Pitrenas
Cast: Aleksandras Molodovas, Nerijus Juska, Zivile Baikstyte, Martynas Rimeikis, opera soloist Laima Jonutyte
Standby tickets are available at 10 Litas.

10,15,15,20,30,40,50,90 Lt.

October 8, Wednesday, 6:30 PM
Sergei Prokofiev
ROMEO AND JULIET*
a ballet in 3 acts
National Academic Bolshoi Ballet theatre of the Republic of Belarus
Choreographer Valentin Jelizariev
Conductor
Andrei Golanov
30,40,50,60,80,200 Lt.

October 9, Thursday, 6:30 PM
Ludwig Aloisius Minkus
LA BAYADERE
a ballet in 3 acts
Conductor Martynas Staskus
Cast: Miki Hamanaka, Olga Konosenko, Aurimas Paulauskas, Vytautas Kudzma, Aleksandras Molodovas
Standby tickets are available at 15 Litas.
15,25,25,35,45,55,75,180 Lt.
October 10, Friday, 6:30 PM
Johann Strauss
an operetta in 3 acts sung in Lithuanian
Conductor VytautasVirzonis
Cast: Vytautas Juozapaitis, Audrius Rubezius (house debut as Count Zedlau), Vilhelma  Moncyte, Regina Silinskaite, Irena Zelenkauskaite, Kestutis Alcauskis, Arunas Malikenas,  Eugenija Klivickaite
Standby tickets are available at 10 Litas.

10,20,20,30,40,50,60,120 Lt.

October 11, Saturday, 6:30 PM
I. Stravinskij / O. Respighi, G. Rossini, S. Rachmaninov
one-act ballets
Conductor Martynas Staskus
L’Oiseau de feu. Cast: Aurimas Paulauskas, Olga Konosenko, Eligijus Butkus, Aurelijus Daraskevicius
Diaghilev. Fantasies. Cast: Aleksandras Molodiovas, Andrius Zuzzalkinas
25,35,45,55,75,180 Lt.

October 12, Sunday, 12:00 PM
Igor Morozov
a ballet for children in 3 acts
Conductor Alvydas Sulcys
Cast: Aleksandras Molodovas, Tomas Ceizaris (house debut as Vanya), Inga Augutyte (house debut as Tanya)
Standby tickets are available at 6 Litas.
6,10,10,15,20,25,35,40 Lt.
October 15, Wednesday, 6:30 PM
to the music by P. Tchaikovsky, G. Bizet, A. Adam and A. Schnittke.
a ballet in 2 acts
Conductor Modestas Pitrenas
Cast: Olga Konosenko, Aleksandras Molodovas, Aurimas Paulauskas, Eligijus Butkus, Igoris Zaripovas
20,30,40,50,60,120 Lt.
October 16, Thursday, 6:30 PM
Christoph Willibald Gluck
an opera in 2 parts
Conductor Martynas Staskus
Cast: Yaniv D’Or (Israel), Regina Silinskaite, Jurgita Lopetaite, ballerina Egle Spokaite
20,30,40,50,60,120 Lt.

October 17, Friday, 6:30 PM
Sergei Prokofiev
a ballet in 3 acts
Conductor Robertas Servenikas
Cast: Egle Spokaite, Nerijus Juska, Romas Ceizaris, Valerijus Fadejevas, Aleksandras Molodovas, Zivile Baikstyte,Eligijus Butkus, Jolanta Davolyte
20,30,40,50,60,120 Lt.

October 18, Saturday, 6:30 PM
Giuseppe Verdi
an opera in 3 acts
Conductor Gintaras Rinkevicius
Cast: Viktor Afanasenko (Austria), Dainius Stumbras, Sigute Stonyte, Jovita Vaskeviciute, Irena Zelenkauskaite
Standby tickets are available at 15 Litas.
15,25,25,35,45,55,75,180 Lt.
October 19, Sunday, 12:00 PM
Piotr Tchaikovski
a ballet in 2 acts
Conductor Martynas Staskus
Cast: Miki Hamanaka, Aurimas Paulauskas, Miki Hamanaka, Aurimas Paulauskas, Olga Konosenko, Voldemaras Chlebinskas, Eligijus Butkus, Nailia Adigamova
Standby tickets are available at 10 Litas.
10,15,15,20,30,40,50,90 Lt.

October 22, Wednesday, 6:30 PM
Anatolijus Senderovas
a ballet in 2 acts
Conductor Robertas Servenikas
Cast: Egle Spokaite, Martynas Rimeikis (house debut as Otello), Eligijus Butkus, Olga Konosenko (house debut as Emilia)
20,30,40,50,60,120 Lt.

October 23, Thursday, 6:30 PM
Giuseppe Verdi
an opera in 3 acts
Conductor Martynas Staskus
Cast: Eduardas Kaniava, Audrius Rubezius, Joana Gedmintaite, Eugenija Klivickaite, Egidijus Dauskurdis, Inesa Linaburgyte, Eugenijus Vasilevskis, Deividas Staponkus, Jonas Valuckas, Vladas Bagdonas, Jurate Rudzianskaite, Alfredas Celiesius, Dominykas Kovaliovas
20,30,40,50,60,120 Lt.

October 24, Friday, 6:30 PM
Piotr Tchaikovsky
a ballet in 2 acts
Conductor Vytautas Virzonis
Cast: Nailia Adigamova, Nerijus Juska, Aurelijus Daraskevicius, Andrius Zuzzalkinas, Romas Ceizaris, Olga Konosenko, Jekaterina Romankova
25,35,45,55,75,180 Lt.
October 25, Saturday, 6:30 PM
Jacques Framental Halevy
an opera in 2 parts
Conductor Martynas Staskus
Cast: Julija Stupnianek, Joana Gedmintaite, Viktor Aleskov, Vytautas Bakula, Edmundas Seilius, Arunas Malikenas, Deividas Staponkus
20,30,40,50,60,120 Lt.

October 26, Sunday, 12:00 PM
Bogdan Pawlowski
a ballet for children in 3 acts
Conductor Alvydas Sulcys
Cast: Olga Konosenko, Eligijus Butkus, Rasa Tauciute, Valerijus Fadejevas
10,15,20,25,35,40 Lt.


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  1. Ella Wijsman on June 16, 2010 10:14 pm

    Please, do you have information about opera in Traika on sunday July4 ?
    We will arrive in Kaunas sat. July 3 and leave July 10. We like to visit Vilnius too.
    Can you recommend concerts (classical music or opera)for us? How to arrange tickets?

    Thanks, the best regards,
    Ella and Wouter from the Netherlands

 
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