In 1998–2005 Milda Smalakytė studied solo singing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with Prof. Giedrė Kaukaitė. The years of studies have been rich for the singer in achievements and encounters with famous musicians. After hardly having started the singer’s career M.Smalakytė has participated several times in the Zenonas Paulauskas Young Singers’ competition and was awarded a diploma (2000, 2001) and the second prize (2002). In 2003–2004 the young singer attended master classes held by the renowned masters of vocal: professors Laura Sarti (London Guildhall School of Music and Drama), Harald Stamm (Hamburg State Opera) and Ricarda Merbeth (Vienna State Opera), and in 2003 she won Grand Prix at the International Singing Master Classes at The Berlin University of the Arts in Beskov (Germany, Prof. Jutta Schlegel). The same year the singer performed together with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Juozas Domarkas and Modestas Pitrėnas.
During the recent years, M.Smalakytė has been increasingly participating in significant musical events in Lithuania; her appearances with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra have been memorable. The 2004 and 2005 were very intensive and memorable to the singer. In 2004 she won the I prize at the Fifth Vincė Jonuškaitė-Zaunienė Singers’ Competition; she participated in the liturgical drama during the festival of Latin culture Fundamentum Collegium, Quem Queritis; together with Kaunas State Choir and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra the singer performed the soprano part in G. F. Händel’s oratory Messiah under the baton of Justus Frantz (Germany), and in 2005, she performed the soprano part under the baton of Rolf Beck (Germany), the soprano part in J. Haydn’s "Lord Nelson Mass" and appeared as Serpina in G. B. Pergolesi’s opera La serva padrona.
In 2005–2007 M. Smalakytė attended the opera programme at the prestigious London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She performed the following parts: Lauretta in G. Puccini’s opera Gianni Schicchi, Susanna in W. A. Mozart’s opera Le nozze di Figaro, Susan in L. Berkeley’s opera A Dinner Engagement and Italienische sängerin in R. Strauss’s opera Capriccio.
In 2008 she attended a one-year course at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice led by the world famous tenor Dennis O'Neill.
“Magnificat” BWV 243
C minor Mass
“Canciones de Maria Lejarraga”
“Quatro madrigales amatorios”
“Vier Letzte Lieder”
I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Gulietta)
“A Dinner Engagement” (Susan)
Don Giovanni, K.527 (Zerlina)
“Le nozze di Figaro” (Susanna)
Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta)
“Capriccio” (Italienische sängerin)
Participants of the concert: The Royal Breda Men's Choir (Art Director and Conductor Marcel Verhoff, the Netherlands), Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (LVSO, Art Director and Conductor, Prof. Gintaras Rinkevičius), Lithuanian Choir of the Blind Vilnius (Art Director and Conductor, Prof. Povilas Gylys).
Soloists: Guest of Honour Radoslaw Zhukowski (bass-baritone, PL), Milda Smalakytė (soprano, LT), Jurga Prakelytė (mezzo-soprano, LT), Audrius Rubežius (tenor, LT), Dainius Jozėnas (grand piano, LT) and Renata Marcinkutė -- Lesieur (organ, LT).
Conductor -- MARCEL VERHOEFF
Soprano -- Milda Smalakytė
Soprano -- Megan Rutherford
"Milda Smalkytė has perfectly mastered a difficult task. The light, soft and transparent sound of her voice has invested the grandiose opus (G. F. Händel’s oratory Messiah) with the lightest colours. The sound obtained gradually and subtly in all registers allowed admiring the most melodious and poetic places of the oratory."
"Milda Smalakytė has emerged like a meteor among the well known soloists and stands her ground with her talent. (She has a voice of luxurious sound, perfect technique and a creative temperament. And the most important thing is that she is an intellectual singer)."
…and the Lithuanian soprano Milda Smalakyte uncorked some rich tone and a busy personality as Susanna.
His daughter, Lauretta (Milda Smalakyte) looked charming and delivered the ever popular O mio babbino caro winningly.
Susanna of Milda Smalakyte - a musically enchanting portrayal.
Best of all was Milda Smalakyte’s crystal-voiced Susanna, running rings around both (Figaro and Count). These enjoyable comic turns reached a peak with the sublime conclusion to Act two, which was beautifully timed. (…) and Smalakyte sounded like a star in making.