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.
Opera La lointaine
"Requiem in memoriam S.Lozoraitis"
Song cycle "Many Open Wels"
"Three Threnodies" (J. Degutyte words)
Ulijona (Lithuanian folk song)
"3 chants "
A Lamb’s Footprints
Concerto grosso for voice, trombone and organ
Poem by V.Mykolaitis-Putinas
Two Songs of Shulamith with percussion ensemble
Der tiefe Brunnen with percussion ensemble
Four poems by S.Geda with string quartet
Orfeo et Euridice / Orfeo
Mariza in operetta "Grafin Mariza"
Werther / Charlote
Samson et Dalila / Dalila
Oedipus REX / Jikaste
Arias from Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Magnificat, BWV 243
Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Dramatic cantata Phaedra op. 93
Aria "Judas Maccabaeus", HG XX, HHA [i/24], from "Messiah", HHA i/17
Cantata with basso continuo O numi eterni La Lucrezia
Cantata Arianna a Naxos, H XXVIb:2 No. 1
Recitative and Aria from Oratorio Paulus
Aria from Oratorio Elias
Motet Exsultate, jubilate, K165 in F major
Motet Invicti bellate
Les nuits d’ete, op. 7
Ch’io mi scordi di te, K505
Arias Sextus from Titus
Vier Lieder Op. 27
"Dover Beach", op. 3
Chanson perpetuelle Op.37
Poema lirica Il tremonto
"Four Scottish songs", WoO 156
Beau soir (P. Bourget), 1880
Cantate da camera op. 2; Lontananza Dalsigre, ahi mia Dalsigre
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
Cantata O weh, mein Canarienvogel ist tot
"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)
Aria Bist du bei mir, BWV 508
"The Daisies", op. 2
"The Secrets of the Old", op. 13
"Sure on This Shining Night", op. 13
"Hermit Songs", op. 29
"Four serious songs" / Vier ernste Gesange Op. 121
Gestillte Sehnsucht, op.91
Ave Maria, Amarilli
Le temps des lilas
Les papillons from Sept melodies op. 2
Romance „I Still Love Him“ (text by I. Zhadovska)
Nuit d’etoiles (Banville), 1880
Mandoline (Verlaine), 1882
Noel des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons
Siete canciones populares espanolas
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
Vocal cycle “Pages of an Old Album”
"The Man I Love", 1924
"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
Lola (text by Robert Leibmann)
Dreams No 42, 1897
There is a Lane, No. 46b, 1902
Kesäyo (V.A.Koskenniemi), Summer night
Rannalta (V.A.Koskenniemi), On the shore
Hanna's song from the operetta Die lustige Witwe
Eliza's song from the musical My Fair Lady
Arias from the opera Thésée and Alceste
Songs from Vierzehn Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit
Als Luise for voice and piano, KV 520
Cherubino's arietta from the opera Le nozze di Figaro, KV 492
Solnedgang (J.P.Jacobsen), "Sunrise", from "Five songs" op. 4
Saenk kun dit hoved, du blomst (J.Jørgensen) / "Lulaby" from "Strophic songs" op. 21
La Périchole's song from the opera La Périchole
Ciaccona in F minor
Fiancailles pour rire, 1939: Fleurs, Violon
Cé doux petit visage , 1939
Les chemins de l’amour, 1940
Song cycle Le travail du peintre, 1956
Music For a While
Arias from the opera Dido and Aeneas, Z 626
Arias from the opera "The Fairy Queen”, Z 629
Song cycle La regata Veneziana
Vocalise-etude en forme de Habanera
Deux mélodies hébraiques
Chants populaires, 1910
“On Georgian Hills”
“The Cloud are Thinning Out”
“It is not the Wind Blowing from the Hills”
Song cycle La regata Veneziana
Die Forelle, D 550
Du bist die Ruh, D 776
Ständchen, D 920
An die Musik, D 547
Der Tod und das Mädchen, D 531
Die junge Nonne, D 828
Lili Marleen (Lithuanian text by Ramutė Skučaitė)
Frauenliebe und Leben Op.42
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
Marie's song from the operetta Der Vogelhändler
Panis Angelicus op. 12
Dixit Dominus in G minor, HG XXXViii, 53, HHA iii/1
Motet Longue mala umbrae terrores
Motet Invicti bellate