Judita Leitaitė (Mezzo-soprano)

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Mezzo-soprano Judita Leitaitė is among the most exciting, creative, and widely recognized soloists of the National Philharmonic Society of Lithuania. Her concert career started when she was still a student. Success at international competitions – M.Glinka Vocal Competition in Baku (1987) and the International Vocal Competition in Finland in 1991 – prompted her further career.

After graduating from the Lithuanian Academy of Music with honors, Judita Leitaite began to work at the National Philharmonic Society of Lithuania.

Judita Leitaitė studied with renowned masters such as E.Schwarzkopf and T.Kraus (Germany), C.Bergonzi (Italy), and J.Goldberg (USA).

Judita Leitaitė performs regularly throughout her native Lithuania. She is on demand not only on the main concert stages, but also various radio and TV programs, schools, orphanages, churches, benefit concerts, as well, as jazz concerts and religious events.

In 1996 she participated in concerts for children-victims of Chernobyl as part of a Swedich program “Star of Hope”. In 1996 in Finland and in 1998 in Germany joined by pianist Gražina Ručytė-Landsbergienė Judita Leitaitė participated in the lectures on Lithuanian music culture presented by Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis.

She has made successful appearances in festivals such as "Wratislavia Cantans" (1995, Wroclaw, Poland); Artgenda (1996, Copenhagen, Denmark); "Baltic Music Fest" (1997, Norrtälje, Sweeden); the festival of contemporary music, Gaida (1998, Vilnius, Lithuania); Vilnius Festival' 99 (Lithuania); and "The International Festival of Jewish Music" (2000, London, UK). Her performance at the "Baltic Music Fest" in Sweden was a true sensation. Svenska Sanomat wrote: “The audience was charmed not only by the beauty of the voice of the fabulous vocalist Judita Leitaite, but also by her compelling musical rendering”. In 1997 she  participated at the celebration at the Palace of the King of Sweden, “Music on the water” (1997, Stockholm, Sweden).

In 1998 she became the "Summer Star" of the "Newport Music Festival" in the USA. “The audience received the Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Judita Leitaitė with standing ovations”, wrote the Newport press. “The North American debut of the Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Judita Leitaite was greeted by thunderous ovations”, wrote the Newport festival newspaper "Newport This Week".

Judita Leitaitė has toured Scandinavia and the former Soviet Union, Germany, France, Holland, Poland, Israel, Great Britain, USA, and the South African Republic. Among Leitaite’s concert partners are the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Vilnius String Quartet, Čiurlionis String Quartet, and Lithuanian and international pianists and organists. She has studied and collaborated with renowned musicians – Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Carlo Bergonzi, Tom Kraus, Jeffrey Goldberg; conductors such as Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Saulius Sondeckis, conducting Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Juozas Domarkas, and Leo Botstein (USA) conducting the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, and Caren Orbelian conducting the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. In 1997 she appeared as Jocasta in Igor Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex in Klaipeda‘s Musical Theatre.

The music press has described Judita Leitaite as an exceptionally creative and productive musician. Constantly renewing her repertoire, she explores and introduces new and seldom performed music. Her concert programs feature works for voice and piano, voice and orchestra, and voice and string quartet - spanning from the Baroque epoch to opuses of contemporary composers. She has designed and performed programs of art songs:  Lithuanian, Italian, Scandinavian, and Jewish. Also Russian romances, French chansons, as well as sacred music, and music of women composers (concert programs “Women composers”, “Musica sacra”, “Portraits of Famous Singers”, “Times of Marlen Dietrich”). She has taken part in performances of the Mass in b minor by J.S.Bach; “Judas Maccabeus” and the “Messiah” by Händel; “Samson and Dalila” by Saint –Säens; Kindertotenlieder by G.Mahler; “Carmen” by G.Bizet; "Phaedra" by B.Britten; and Requiem by O. Balakauskas. Judita Leitaite is rated as one of the most exciting and creative interpreters of Lithuanian contemporary music. She has premiered works by O. Balakauskas, V.Laurušas, A.Šenderovas and M.Urbaitis.

Judita Leitaitė has made over 200 recordings for Lithuanian and Finish Radio, and has released four CDs. In 1995 in Finland she  recorded the CD “My Most Favorite Scandinavian Songs”, sung in original languages, which was praised by Scandinavian critics (with the participation of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Caren Orbelian, and pianist Marianna Slobodeniuk). Leitaite‘s second CD - “Lithuanian Art Music” - features works by V.Laurusas, O.Balakauskas, J.Juzeliunas, and B.Kutavicius. On a CD, “ Judita Leitaite Singing”, recorded with the Vilnius String Quartet and pianist Grazina Rucyte-Landsbergiene, she performs works by E.Chausson, F.Schubert, M.Ravel, J.Gruodis and, A.Senderovas. With Eduardas Kaniava and the Gintautas Abarius Jazz Trio she recorded an audio tape “Only for You” - excerpts from operettas. An audio tape, “I Would Like to Meet You Again”, was recorded with the Lithuanian Radio and Television Orchestra.

Her creativity regularly harvests new programs "Women composers", evenings of French, Russian, Jewish music, "Musica sacra", "Portraits of famous singers", "Times of Marlen Dietrich".

In 2015 Judita was awarded the plague of honour "Sarry Your Light and Believe" of the Ministry of Culture.

Lithuanian Composers

Osvaldas Balakauskas

Opera La lointaine

"Requiem in memoriam S.Lozoraitis"

Song cycle "Many Open Wels"

Konstancija Bundzaitė

"Three Threnodies" (J. Degutyte words)

Balys Dvarionas


Juozas Gruodis

Ulijona (Lithuanian folk song)

Julius Juzeliūnas


Algirdas Klova

"3 chants "

Bronius Kutavičius

A Lamb’s Footprints

Vytautas Laurušas

Concerto grosso for voice, trombone and organ

Onutė Narbutaitė

Poem by V.Mykolaitis-Putinas

Galina Savinienė

Three Songs

Anatolijus Šenderovas

Two Songs of Shulamith with percussion ensemble

Der tiefe Brunnen with percussion ensemble

Four poems by S.Geda with string quartet

Opera and Ballet

Georges Bizet


Christoph Willibald Gluck

Orfeo et Euridice / Orfeo

Imre Kalman

Mariza in operetta "Grafin Mariza"

Jules Massenet

Werther / Charlote

Camille Saint-Saens

Samson et Dalila / Dalila

Igor Stravinsky

Oedipus REX / Jikaste

Oratorios Cantatas Mass

Johann Sebastian Bach

Arias from Mass in B minor, BWV 232

Magnificat, BWV 243

Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Benjamin Britten

Dramatic cantata Phaedra op. 93

George Frideric Händel

Aria "Judas Maccabaeus", HG XX, HHA [i/24], from "Messiah", HHA i/17

Cantata with basso continuo O numi eterni La Lucrezia

Joseph Haydn

Cantata Arianna a Naxos, H XXVIb:2 No. 1

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Recitative and Aria from Oratorio Paulus

 Aria from Oratorio Elias

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Motet Exsultate, jubilate, K165 in F major

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Stabat Mater

Alessandro Scarlatti

Stabat Mater

Antonio Vivaldi

Motet Invicti bellate


Voice and Symphony Orchestra

Hector Berlioz

Les nuits d’ete, op. 7

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No.4


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Ch’io mi scordi di te, K505

Arias Sextus from Titus

Maurice Ravel


Richard Strauss

Vier Lieder Op. 27

Voice and Strings

Samuel Barber

"Dover Beach", op. 3

Ernest Chausson

Chanson perpetuelle Op.37

Ildebrando Pizetti

Tre canzoni

Ottorino Respighi

Poema lirica Il tremonto

Franz Schubert

Salve Regina

Voice and Trio

Ludwig van Beethoven

"Four Scottish songs", WoO 156

Claude Debussy

Beau soir (P. Bourget), 1880

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Cantate da camera op. 2; Lontananza  Dalsigre, ahi mia Dalsigre

Sergei Rachmaninov

Prokhodid vsyo / “All things pass by” op. 26

Ostrovok / "The isle" op. 14

Ne poi, krasavitsa, pri mne / "Sing not to me, beautiful maiden”, op. 4

U moyevo okna / “Before my Window” op. 26

Maurice Ravel

Chansons Madecasses

Georg Philipp Telemann

Cantata O weh, mein Canarienvogel ist tot

Voice and Piano

Hugo Alfven

"You are my peace“ / Du är stilla ro (E.Thiel)

"Sleeping forest" / Skogen sover (E.Thiel)

“I am waiting for you” / Jag längtar dig (E.Thiel)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Aria Bist du bei mir, BWV 508

Samuel Barber

"The Daisies", op. 2

"The Secrets of the Old", op. 13

"Sure on This Shining Night", op. 13

"Hermit Songs", op. 29

Johannes Brahms

"Four serious songs" / Vier ernste Gesange Op. 121

Gestillte Sehnsucht,  op.91

Giulio Cacini

Ave Maria, Amarilli

Ernest Chausson

Le temps des lilas

Les papillons from Sept melodies op. 2


Alexander Dargomyszski

Romance „I Still Love Him“ (text by I. Zhadovska)

Claude Debussy

Nuit d’etoiles (Banville), 1880

Mandoline (Verlaine), 1882

Noel des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons

Manuel de Falla

Siete canciones populares espanolas

Gabriel Fauré

Au bord de l’eau in C charp minor, op. 8/1

Chanson d’amour in F major, op. 27/1

Le papillon et la fleur in C major, op. 1/1

Apres un reve in C minor, op. 7/1

Valery Gavrilin

Vocal cycle “Pages of an Old Album”

George Gershwin


"The Man I Love", 1924

"It’s Wonderful"

Charles Gounod



Edvard Grieg

"I love thee” / Jag elsker dig (H.C.Andersen), op. 5, Hjertets

“With a waterlilly” / Med en Vandlilje (I.Paulsen) op. 25, Sex digte

“Season of roses” / Zur Rosenzeit (J.W.Goethe) op. 48, Sechs Lieder

“For you” / Du er den Unge Var (I.Paulsen)

Solveig lullaby and song from music to H.Ibsen’s drama “Peer Gynt”, Op. 23 No 18, 22 / Solvejgs Sang (H.Ibsen)

“Dream” op. 48 / Ein Traum (F.Bodenstedt), Sechs lieder

“Swan” Op. 25 No 2

“You as a Spring”, Op. 58 No. 3

F. Hollander

Lola (text by Robert Leibmann)

Charles Ives

Dreams No 42, 1897

There is a Lane, No. 46b, 1902

Yrjö  Kilpinen

Kesäyo (V.A.Koskenniemi), Summer night

Rannalta (V.A.Koskenniemi), On the shore

Franz Lehar

Hanna's song from the operetta Die lustige Witwe

Frederick Loewe

Eliza's song from the musical My Fair Lady

Jean-Baptiste Lully

Arias from the opera Thésée and Alceste

Gustav Mahler

Songs from Vierzehn Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit

Oskar Merikanto

Ave Maria

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Als Luise for voice and piano, KV 520

Cherubino's arietta from the opera Le nozze di Figaro, KV 492

Carl Nielsen

Solnedgang (J.P.Jacobsen), "Sunrise", from "Five songs" op. 4

Saenk kun dit hoved, du blomst (J.Jørgensen) / "Lulaby" from "Strophic songs" op. 21

Jacques Offenbach

La Périchole's song from the opera La Périchole

Johann Pachelbel

Ciaccona in F minor

Francis Poulenc

Fiancailles pour rire, 1939: Fleurs, Violon

Cé doux petit visage , 1939

Les chemins de l’amour, 1940

Song cycle Le travail du peintre, 1956

Henry Purcell

Music For a While

Arias from the opera Dido and Aeneas, Z 626

Arias from the opera "The Fairy Queen”, Z 629

Sergei Rachmaninov

Song cycle La regata Veneziana

Maurice Ravel


Vocalise-etude en forme de Habanera

Deux mélodies hébraiques

Chants populaires, 1910

Ottorino Respighi





Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov

“On Georgian Hills”

“The Cloud are Thinning Out”

“It is not the Wind Blowing from the Hills”


Gioachino Rossini

Tarantella Napoletana

Song cycle La regata Veneziana

Franz Schubert


Die Forelle, D 550

Du bist die Ruh, D 776

Ständchen, D 920

Ave Maria

An die Musik, D 547

Der Tod und das Mädchen, D 531

Der Zwerg

Die junge Nonne, D 828

Norbert Schultze

Lili Marleen (Lithuanian text by Ramutė Skučaitė)

Robert Schumann

Frauenliebe und Leben Op.42

Jean Sibelius

Demanten på marssnön (J.J.Weck) / Diamonds in the snow op. 36 from "Six songs", 1899

Säf, säf, susa (G.Fröding) / "Blow, wind blow"

Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte (J.L.Runeberg) / "The Girl Returned from the Forest“ op. 37 No. 5, 1901, from "Five songs"

“Black Roses”, op. 36 No. 1

Richard Strauss



Igor Stravinsky


P. Viardot-Garcia

Chant d'mour

Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin


C. Zeller

Marie's song from the operetta Der Vogelhändler

Sacred Music

Maxwell Davies

Missa super

Cesar Franck

Panis Angelicus op. 12

George Frideric Händel

Dixit Dominus in G minor, HG XXXViii, 53, HHA iii/1

Giuseppe Verdi

Ave Maria

Antonio Vivaldi

Motet Longue mala umbrae terrores

Motet Invicti bellate