Giedrė Kaukaitė (soprano)

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Giedrė Kaukaitė, soprano, graduated from the Lithuanian State Conservatoire where she studied with Elena Dirsienė (1963−68). She later attended a training programme at La Scala, Milan, with Prof. Gennaro Barra, Enrico Piazza and Arturo Merlini (1968−70). The singer attended the Salzburg Summer Academy with Prof. Paul von Schilawsky (1988).
She is a laureate of Lithuanian and international competitions (1st prize at the Lithuanian Singers Competition (1968), 2nd prize at the Baltic Singers Competition (1968), 1st prize at the M. Glinka Vocal Competition (1971)).
Having started her creative career on the opera stage (she sang Marguerite in Faust in 1968−78; Mimi, Madame Butterfly, Desdemona, Tatyana, Halka, Shirin and others); later G. Kaukaitė chose a concert soloist‘s career. She is remarkable for her remarkable unique singing manner exemplifying a colourful ‘vocal theatre’.

During her 35 year career Giedrė Kaukaitė has given over a 1000 solo concerts and participated in productions of cantatas and oratories with theLithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Television and Radio Great Symphony Orchestra and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, ensembles Musica Humana and Vilniaus Arsenalas, Vilnius Quartet and Vilnius String Quartet. She has sung many concerts of sacral music with Lithuanian organists.

The singer is an excellent interpreter of contemporary music. She was the first to perform opuses by many Lithuanian composers, her contemporaries (J. Nabažas, E. Balsys, J. Juzeliūnas, J. Bašinskas, F. Bajoras, A. Martinaitis, B. Kutavičius, V. Kairiūkštis), which were often dedicated to her.

The soloist has sung in prestigious international halls: Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, the Great and Small Halls of the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, St. Petersburg Small Opera Theatre and The State Academic Capella, Carnegie Recital Hall (New York), City Hall (New York), London Hall (Boston), UN Concert Hall, Hartford University Hall (Connecticut), Stockholm Royal Green Hall, Kristiansand Cathedral (Norway), Riga andPrague National Opera Theatres. She has toured many European countries, USA (Carnegie Recital Hall) and Latin America.

Giedrė Kaukaitė has participated in prestigious international music festivals:  Prinzregentheater (Munich, Germany), Sandomierz Castle, Wavell Palace (Poland), Grunewaldsalen (Sweden), Kristiansand Cathedral (Norway) and Centre culturel de Toulouse (France).

Jūratė Vyliūtė writes about the soloist’s repertoire: “…roles in operas, parts in oratories, vocal cycles, songs, baroque, neo-classical, romanticist epochs, modern 20th century literature. And nearly all most significant new vocal music by Lithuanian composers of the last two decades: not only its first performance or resurrection from depreciation, but also creation of a style of interpretation.”

G. Kaukaitė has been teaching at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre since 1977: she leads the chamber singing discipline and has been teaching solo singing since 1993. Laureates of international competitions are among her students: Judita Leitaitė, the winner of the 2nd prize at the XII M. Glinka Vocal Competition in 1987 and a laureate of J. Sibelius Vocal Competition in Helsinki 1991; Ligita Račkauskaitė, diploma at the 1st International Competition of Chamber Singing in Kaliningrad.

G. Kaukaitė has recorded 11 records; many of her performances have been recorded at the Lithuanian Television and Radio. G. Kaukaitė has starred in 18 Lithuanian Television films. Two films, Crazy May (Pašėlęs gegužis, directed by J. Janulevičiūtė, 1978) and F. Poulenc’s mono-opera The Human Voice were awarded first prizes at international television film competitions. The singer has also been publishing articles and books. She has published two methodical works: Apie dainuojančius and Dainininkui apie baroką. She has been awarded honorary titles by the Soviet Government: honourable artist and people’s artist. On the 30th anniversary of her creative career she was awarded the State Art Award (1997).

Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, 17-23 03 1995


Wie Melodien zicht es mir, w. K.Groth

Dein blaues Auge, w. K.Groth

Am Sonntag Morgen, w. J.Heyse's

Regenlied, w. K.Groth

Liebestreu, w. R.Reinicke's

Dort in den Weiden (Folk song)

Madchenlied, w. J.Heyse's

Verblishes Standchen (Folk song)

S.Barber The daisies, w. I.Stephens

Sure on this shining night , w. J.Agee

The secrets of the old, w. B.Yeats

O.Respighi La notte, w. A.Negri

La pioggia, w. A.Negri

Le nebbie, w. A.Negri


Songs, w. folk

Suite of Stories, w. folk

Giedrė Kaukaitė and Gražina Ručytė


Divorces, w. S.Geda

G.Kaukaitė, P.Vyšniauskas, S.Šiaučiulis

Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, 29 03 1985


Intermezzo for 4 cellos and piano

F.Garcia Lorca

8 Spanish folk songs for voice and piano


Three songs for voice and piano

Part II

E.Villa Lobos

Bachianas brasileiras no.1 for 8 cellos

Bachianas brasileiras no.5

Giedrė Kaukaitė (soprano), Povilas Stravinskas (piano), cellists: Augustinas Vasiliauskas, Rimantas Armonas, Irena Čepulkovska, Violeta Klimavičiūtė, Arvydas Malcys, Virgilijus Vasiliauskas, Jurgis Banevičius, Dainius Palšauskas

Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, 25-28 05 1982


Chamber trio No. 6 in G minor, op. 2


10 pieces


Sonata for flute and harpsichord No. 1, in E minor, op. 1


Meditations (I perf.)


Variations for flute and harpsichord (I perf.)


Cantus ad futurum for two sopranos, chamber ensemble and organ (I perf.)

Ensemble Musica Humana, Giedrė Kaukaitė (soprano), Regina Maciūtė (soprano), Gediminas Kviklys (harpsichord)

Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, 14 03 1982


Symphony for chamber orchestra


Three arias from oratorio "Judas Maccabaeus "

soloist Giedrė Kaukaitė


Auki, auki žalias beržas, Grow, Grow, Green Birch (War Songs), for voice and chamber orchestra

soloist Giedrė Kaukaitė


Symphony No. 10, in B minor

Saulius Sondeckis (conductor), Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra

Concert at Palau de la Musica Catalana, 12 12 1980

Weber Overture Oberon

Tchaikovsky Concerto for violin and orchestra op. 35

Andrei Korsakov, violin

Mahler Symphony No. 4

Giedrė Kaukaitė, soprano

Conductor Vladimir Fedosiev

Concert at Moscow National Philharmonic Hall, 07 10 1980


Passacaglia in C minor

Two Chorales

L.Digrys (organ)


6 songs for voice and harpsichord

Soloist G.Kaukaitė

Part II


Pieta Signore


Le Nebbie

Soloist G.Kaukaitė


Fantasy in A major

Chorale in A minor

L.Digrys (organ)

Concert at Moscow Concervatory Big Hall, 03 05 1980


ConcertoNo. 2 for violin and orchestra op. 23


Concerto No. 1 for violin and orchestra op. 35

Part II


Symphony No. 4

Big Symphony Orchestra of Radio and Television, Vladimiras Fedosejevas (conductor), Igoris Oistrachas (violin), Giedrė Kaukaitė (soprano)

Concert at Moscow Concervatory Big Hall, 02 04 1980

G.F.Handel Oratorio "Judas Maccabaeus"

Chamber ensemble of Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, "Ąžuoliukas" choir, Juozas Domarkas (conductor), Giedrė Kaukaitė, Aušra Stasiūnaitė, Algis Čiplys, Vladimiras Prudnikovas

Concert at Latvian National Philharmonic Hall, 23 01 1980


Le violette





D. Daulend

Three songs from vocal cycle "The Piligrime Solace"


Three worldly songs


Three arias from oratorio "Judas Maccabaeus"

Three Lithuanian Folk Songs


Two Laments


Two songs from vocal cycle "Brazilian songs"

H.Villa Lobos

Modinhas e canções




Three antiquity Spanish songs

Eugenijus Ginis (piano)

Concert at Georgian National Philharmonic Hall, 09 12 1979

W.A.Mozart Requiem

Georgian Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas Choir, Juozas Domarkas (conductor), Giedrė Kaukaitė (soprano), Vitalija Šiškutė (mezzosoprano), Algis Čiplys (tenor), Vladimiras Prudnikovas (bass)

Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, 31 05 1978


To bïlo ranneyu vesnoy / It was in the early spring

Uzh gasli v komnatakh ogni / The fires in the rooms were already out

Ni slova, o drug moy / Not a word, O my friend, op. 6

Na nivï zhyoltïye / On the golden cornfields, op. 57

Ya li v pole da ne travushka bïla? / Was I not a little blade of grass? op. 47

Kabï znala ya / If only I had known, op. 47


Na kholmakh Gruzii / On the hills of Georgia, w. Pushkin

Part II


7 songs from cycle "Russkaya tetrad"

Povilas Stravinskas (piano)

Concert at the Carnegie Recital Hall, 04 06 1977

G.F.HANDEL - "Pastorella Vagha Bella"

— Judas Maccabaeus — Part II"Du sinkst, ach armes Israel..."

— Judas Maccabaeus — Part III

"Dann tont der laut 'und harte klang ..."

G.VERDI - Othello - Act IV

"Ave Maria"

Ch.GOUNOD - Faust - Act III

"The Jewel Song"

G.PUCCINI - La Bohème - Act III

"Donde lieta usci al tuo grido d'amore

— Madame Butterfly — Act II

"Che tua madre dovrà prenderti in braccio ...”


Songs from the Dzūkija region of Lithuania "Oi, dievuliau" "Vai, žydėk, žydėk"

Songs from the Žemaitija region Voi, Jozi Jozieli

Voi, Vuolunge, Vuolungele

Wedding Songs From Dzūkija Sėjau Rūta

Dainuok, Sesula

Oi, Tu, Kasela

Neduok, Motula

Aš Kelaliu Važiavau

R.Žigaitis "Eina Bernelis"

F.Bajoras (American Premiere) "Tu Vyšnela"



"Kur Tėvulio Klėtelė"

K.Brundzaitė "Dvi Raudos" (Songs of Lament)

(Variations on an old Lithuanian Folk Song)

F.Bajoras "Ugdė Motutė"

Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, 27 10 1976


Symphony No. 39, in E flat major


Ave Maria from opera "Otello" Part IV


Butterfly aria from opera "Madame Butterfly" Part III

Giedrė Kaukaitė

Part II


Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, op. 70

Margarita Dvarionaitė (conductor), Lithuanian National Orchestra

Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, 11 05 1975


Le Violette


Norma's cavatina from opera "Norma"


Elisa's dream from opera "Lohengrin"


Was I not a little blade of grass? op. 47

If only I had known, A.K. Tolstoy


Elvira's cavatina from opera "Ernani"

Part II


Vocal cycle "Suite of Stories" Falla

7 canciones populares españolas

Gražina Ručytė (piano)

Concert at Tallinn National Philharmonic Hall, 12 1973

A.Scarlatti Le Violette

Sento nel core



G.Verdi Desdemona's song and Ave Maria from opera Otello

Elvira'os cavatina from opera Ernani

P.Tchaikovsky Ya li v pole da ne travushka bila?

To bïlo ranneyu vesnoy

Kabï znala ya

V.Tormis 4 sketches

F.Bajoras Variations on a theme Lithuanian song "Augino mane motutė"

N.Fraser Two songs from cycle "Brazilian songs"

M.Sandoval Two songs from cycle "Spanish songs"

Gražina Ručytė, piano

Concert programme No. 1


Giedre Kaukaite - soprano Gražina Ručyte - piano

G.F. Haendel Cantata "Pastorella vagha bella"




G.B. Pergolesi Cantata "Dal Sigre, ahi mia dal sigre"





J. Haydn Cantata "Arianna a Naxos" HOB.XXVIb:2





F. Bajoras Songs to folk lyrics

Jojau dienely (1977)

Malda (1968)

Oi, dievuliau (1969)

Ritauja, sesute (1979)

Variations on the folk song "Ugde matute" (1969)

Series of songs to folk lyrics "Sakmių siuita" (1969)

Triptych to the lyrics by M. Martinaitis (1981) (dedicated to K. Penderecki)


W.A. Mozart An Chloe KV 524 (Johann Georg Jacobi)

Als Luise die Briefe ihres ungetreuen Liebhabers verbrante KV 520 (Gabriele von Baumberg) Abendempfindung KV 523 (J. H. Campe)

F. Schubert Wohin? (aus Zyklus von Liedern "Die schöne Müllerin" von Wilhelm Müller) D. 911 No. 2 Der Atlas (aus Zyklus von Liedern "Schwanengesang" von L. Reilstab) D.911 No.8

J. Brahms Dein blaues Augen op. 59 No. 8 (Klaus Groth)

Regenlied op. 59 No. 3 (Klaus Groth)

Am Sonntag Morgen op. 49 No. 1 (Paul Heyse)

Liebestreu op. 3 No. 1 (Robert Reinick)

G. Mahler Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?! (1892)

Verlorne Müh! (1892)

Aus! Aus! (1887)

Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz (1887)

Nicht Wiedersehen! (1887) (Lyrics from "Des Knaben Wunderhorn")


Wedding songs from Dzūkija region - Sejau ruta

Dainuok, sesula

Aš kelaliu vaziavau

Christmas songs from Dzūkija region - Sedzi vyrai užu stalo

Sodzino brolis

Atbėga elnias devyniaragis

Harvest songs from Žemaitija region - Voi vuolunge, vuolungele

lek' gervele

Žysta žuolele

Ancient war songs from Aukštaitija region – Oi, ant kalno

Užaugino motka suny

Raibi gaideliai giedojo

Auki, Auki žalias beržas

”...with an ample-sized voice of considerable force and range as well as exeptional physical attractiveness, Miss Kaukaite no dobt creates a striking presence on the operatic stage. Her renditions of familiar arias by Handel, Verdi, Gounod and Puccini displayed a solid idiomatic grasp of stylistic essentials and a quik response to dramatic situations.”

Peter G.Davis, New York Times, 1977

”...Giedre kaukaite for me is a phenomenon in vocal art. In her finale, the very strains which are not always possessed by the most famous stars: a complete harmony of singing and phrasing, diction and voice, physical appearance and grace, culture and self-command, as well as a rare subtlety of interpretation and, of course, the most catching charm...”

Bohdan Pociej, Ruch Muzyczny, 1979 (Poland)

”Listening to Giedre Kaukaite one could think he was feeling her voice and warmth resonating in his heart...”

Frank Hogberg, Sorlandet, 1983 (Norway)

”Perfectly refined phrasing, the play of black and white shades in A.Caldara, A.Scarlatti, M.A.Cesti arias, particoloured folk character in F.Bajoras ”Legends”. In the first case, bel canto prefected at La Scala, in the second folk intonation peculiar only to authentic folk performers. This kind of vocal theater is rare among our singers...”

Irena Miksyte, from record comments, 1985 (Lithuania)

”...Giedre Kaukaite's outstanding voice enchants the audience from the first with power, color and presence.”

B.M. Grand Toulouse, 1992 (France)