Inesa Linaburgytė (mezzo-soprano, soprano) is one of the best known Lithuanian opera singers. In 1992, she graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music, Prof. V. Daunoras and Assoc. Prof. N. Mameniškienė solo singing class, with distinction. The same year she became a solo singer at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. Here, in a short while, with the help of the theatre vocal teacher R. Pranskevičiūtė, she prepared several difficult parts. Inesa Linaburgytė has participated in several international vocal competitions, among them: Belvedere in Vienna, J. Vitol in Riga and Voci Verdiane Busseto in Italy. In the latter, she won a special prize and a concert tour in Japan. In 2005, the soloist attended traineeship courses in Bolshoi Theatre-Moscow with Makvala Kasrashvili who is currently opera art director at the Bolshoi Theatre. With her help and intensive collaboration, Inesa has prepared several soprano parts: Lisa, Turandot and Zenta. Encouraged by vocal authorities, the soloist has started preparing a new repertoire, changed her singing skills and is going to sing the parts of dramatic soprano. As soprano, the singer from LNOBT has successfully debuted as Turandot in G. Puccini’s opera "Turandot". Inesa Linaburgytė has already prepared around 30 parts at the LNOBT: Eboli ("Don Carlos"), Flora ("Traviata"), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Countess ("The Queen of Spades"), Ulrika ("The Masked Ball"), Countess ("Bear"), Madeleine ("Rigoletto"), Hana Glavari ("The Merry Widow") and others. Among he most recent works in theatre is Amneris in G. Verdi’s "Aida" and Erodiada in R. Strauss’s "Salome", Carmen and Mersedes in G. Bizet’s "Carmen", Fenena in G. Verdi’s "Nabucco" and Muse, Niklaus and Juliet in J. Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann.
The singer has worked together with the directors Jonas Jurašas ("Aida"), Gintaras Varnas (Lithuania) and Monika Wiesler (Austria) as well as with opera director from Moscow Dimitry Bertman who directed G. Puccini’s opera "Tosca" in Riga. She has prepared parts in Latvian National Opera Theatre, among them: Santuzza in P. Mascagni’s opera Cavalleria Rusticana. The part of Santuzza and the conductor A. Bozich have led Inesa from Riga to Graz Operhaus in Austria where she used to go to perform in this opera continuously for three years. I. Linaburgytė has toured Austria, Japan, Turkey, Taiwan, USA, United Kingdom and many countries of Europe.
The singer has been frequently performing in concerts. She has been working together with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra.
Next to chamber compositions, her repertoire includes also large concerto opuses.
In 2004, I. Linaburgytė was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great.
Opera ”Pilenai" (Mirta)
Opera "Lokys" (Countess)
„Bruknelė“ (Witch Azure)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
Symphony No. 2 in C minor
Requiem for Rossini
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 3
"Carmen" (Carmen, Mercedes)
“Love and Other Demons” (Josefa Miranda)
“Die lustige Witwe“ (Hanna Glawari)
Cavalleria rusticana (Santuca)
„Boris Godunov“ (Marina)
Les contes d'Hoffmann / The Tales of Hoffman (Giulietta, Niklausse, Muse)
“I Lituani“ (Aldona)
Suor Angelica (Angelica)
"Die Fledermaus" (Prince Orlovsky)
”The Queen of Spades” (Countess)
„Eugene Onegin" (Larina)
"Un ballo in maschera" (Ulrica)
"La Traviata" (Flora)
"Don Karlos" (Eboli)
"II trovatore" (Azucena)
"La forza del destino" (Preziosilla)
"Die Walkure" (Sieglinde)
CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK
Alceste's aria "Divinites du Styx“ from the opera Alceste
Norma's cavatina "Casta diva“ from the opera Norma
Overture to the opera I vespri siciliani; Aida's aria "Ritorna vincitor“ from the opera Aida; Lady Macbeth's cavatina "Nel di de la vittoria“ from the opera Macbeth
Margherita'saria "L’altra notte in fondo al mare“ from the opera Mefistofele
Gioconda's aria "Suicidio“ from the opera La Gioconda
Intermezzo (Act III) and Manon's arias "In quelle trine morbide“ and "Sola perduta, abbandonata“ from the opera Manon Lescaut; Tosca's aria "Vissi d’arte“ from the opera Tosca
Aria cantilena from the Bachiana brasileira No. 5
LITHUANIAN NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Soloist INESA LINABURGYTĖ (soprano)
Conductor MODESTAS PITRĖNAS
Concerto for cello and orchestra in A minor, Op. 129
Symphony No. 14, Op. 135
LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
MARK DROBINSKY (cello)
INESA LINABURGYTĖ (soprano)
VLADIMIRAS PRUDNIKOVAS (bass)
Conductor ROBERTAS ŠERVENIKAS
Edward Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas State Choir, soloists: Inesa Linaburgytė (mezzo-soprano), Ben Johnson (tenor, UK), Hakan Ekenas (bass, Sweden), conductor Neil Thomson (UK)
Pietro Mascagni Opera ”Cavalleria rusticana”
Santuzza - Inesa Linaburgytė, Turiddu - Aleksandrs Antonenko, Alfio - Vytautas Juozapaitis, Lola - Ieva Prudnikovaitė, Mamma Lucia - Laima Jonutytė, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas State Choir, Conductor - Juozas Domarkas
"I think the premiere cast of Tosca is ideal. Inesa has shocked and moved everybody with the interpretation of her part."
"Inesa Linaburgytė is a perfect Tosca, perfect soprano; she acted and conveyed Tosca’s feelings in a very moving manner, and simply shocked me to the bottom of my heart. The aria of the first act was sung gracefully and with a touch of flirt. The dialogue with Scarpia in the first act was full of character, hatred and at the same time – sympathy. Inesa Linaburgytė has given us such a colourful Tosca. She plays with her timbre wonderfully; she has a light, rich voice that sounded in all its beauty, romantically and passionately, in the famous aria Visi d‘arte thus revealing a divine vocal!"
"Hana is an unexpected part of Inesa Linaburgytė, especially if we remember the dramatic parts she has been singing: Santuzza, Amneris, Carmen, Ulrika, Erodiada, Eboli, etc. It seems that the soloist has decided to play and she succeeds. Her heroine is an impressive femme fatale who is aware of her worth; she has the sense of humour as well."