Nora Petročenko (mezzo-soprano)

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The Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Nora Petročenko is in a constant demand as a performer of baroque and classical music, and is equally active in the field of contemporary music in Lithuania and Europe. The artist is often invited to perform her classical music repertoire and various opera productions.

Nora Petročenko studied at the National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Arts in Vilnius, later  received her  M. A. from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. The singer attended masterclasses given by well-known opera singers Algirdas Janutas (tenor), Liubov Chuchrova (soprano) as well as such prominent figures as Kevin Smith , Helmuth Rilling, Herman Max, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Roberto Gini, Claudine Ansermet, David Gowland, Alessandro Pagliazzi, Roberto Balconi and others.

Nora Petročenko received considerable international success and recognition in the last few years while collaborating with french Theatre team "T&M"/Paris and creating  the roles of Catherine di Medici in W. Mitterer's opera "Massacre," (director L. Lagarde; conductor P. Rundel) ,Fricka and Helmwige in R. Wagner’s / J. Dove’s "Ring Saga” (director A. Gindt; conductor P. Rundel) , Margaret  Thatcher in  "Aliados” by Sebastian Rivas (director A. Gindt; conductor L.Warynski). New roles created by the singer in her homeland include – Thais friend  in a staged version of ”Alexander Feast” by G. F. Haendel, (Lithuanian National Opera and Balet theatre), Cornelia in “Julio Cesare” by G. F. Haendel (Baltic Chamber Opera Theatre), Juditha in a staged version of “Juditha Triumphans” by A. Vivaldi (Baroque Opera Theatre/Vilnius).
The singer has sung with SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg (Germany), Remix Ensemble (Portugal), Multilatérale Ensemble (France), „Spectra Ensemble“ (Belgium), Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia (Belgium) as well as with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony, Lithuanian State Symphony, Klaipeda Chamber, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestras and also with early music ensembles such as "Banchetto Musicale" „ Affectus Musicus“ Baltic States Baroque orchestra, „Brevis consort“ and many others.
Nora Petročenko has taken part in various prestigious international music festivals such as "Musica" (Strasbourg/France), Berliner Festspiele (Germany/Berlin)  "Gaida," Thomas Mann festival, PAŽAISLIS music festival, "Banchetto Musicale" and many others.

Among the most prominent of the singer’s performed pieces are baroque operas – “Dido and Aeneas” by H. Purcell, “Giulio Cesare” by G. F. Haendel ,“La liberatione di Ruggiero dall 'Isola d’Alcina" by Fr. Caccini, "Il ballo delle ingrate" by C. Monteverdi. Also important are oratorical genres - J. S. Bach Mass in b minor, "Magnificat", “La Ressurezione” by G. F.Haendel,  W.A. Mozart's "Requiem", "Gloria" and "Introduzione e Gloria" by A. Vivaldi, "Stabat Mater" by D. Scarlatti, A. Bononcini and G.P. Pergolesi, "Dixit Dominus" by G.F. Handel, “St. Casimiro- Re di Polonia“ by A. Scarlatti and many others. Nora Petročenko is often performing music written by leading Lithuanian composers of modern times - Onutė Narbutaitė, Mindaugas Urbaitis, Feliksas Bajoras, Marcelijus Martinaitis, Osvaldas Balakauskas, Vidmantas Bartulis, Raminta Šerkšnytė, Rita Mačiliūnaitė and others.


Francesca Caccini

“La Liberatione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina” –Oreste

„Euridice“ – Dafne

Jose de Sousa Carvalho

 Everardo II, re di Lituania, 1782 – Erenice

George Frideric Händel 

“Julio Cesare” – Cornelia

Wolfgang Mitterer 

“Massacre” – Queen of Navarre, Catherine de Medicis

Claudio Monteverdi

Opera “Ballo delle Ingrate” – Venus

Henry Purcell

“Dido and Aeneas” Didone; Second Women

Sebastian Rivas 

„Aliados“ – Margaret Thatcher

Alessandro Scarlatti

“St. Casimiro. Re di Polonia” - Castita

Arnold Schönberg 

“Moses und Aron” - Fourth naked virgin

Richard Wagner/Jonathan Dove

“Ring Saga” – Fricka/ Helmvige

Oratorias. Cantatas. Messes

Johann Sebastian Bach

«Magnificat» BWV 243

h-moll Messe BWV 232 

„Weihnachtsoratorium“ BWV 248

Antonio Bononcini

«Stabat Mater»

Max Bruch

«Das Lied von der Glocke» op.45

Dieterich Buxtehude

«Membra Jesu Nostri»

George Frideric Händel

«Dixit Dominus» HWV 232

„La Resurrezione“ HWV 47

„Alexander‘s Feast“ HWV 75

Claudio Monteverdi

«Vespro della Beata Vergine»

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

„Requiem“ K.626

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi 

„Stabat Mater“

Henry Purcell

„Te Deum“

„Come ye sons of art“ Z.323

Gioachino Rossini

„Petite messe solennelle“

Domenico Scarlatti

„Stabat mater“

Antonio Vivaldi

„Gloria“ RV 589;  „Introduzzione e Gloria“ RV 588

„Juditha triumphans“ RV 644

Jan Dismas Zelenka

“Te Deum“ ZWV 146

Lithuanian Composers

Feliksas Bajoras

Oratorio The Bell Raising

Osvaldas Balakauskas

“Requiem in memoriam Stasys Lozoraitis”

Vytautas V. Barkauskas 

„When Shadows Are Getting Longer and Longer“

Bronius Kutavičius 

Oratorio „Last Pagan Rites“

Rita Mačiliūnaitė


Vocal Cycle “Letters”

“autumn. calendar leaves”

Algirdas Martinaitis

"The Seasons" with a Dung-beetle

Oratorio The Altar of Divine Mercy

Onutė Narbutaitė

„Pas de deux“, „Gesang“

Albertas Navickas

Chamber opera „Truetruestory“ – Women

Vaida Striaupaitė-Beinarienė

“Bonne nouvelle”

Mindaugas Urabitis



Other Works

Karel Goeyvaerts

„Les Voix du Verseau“

Thomas Jennefelt

„O Domine“

Jonathan Harvey 

“Songs of Li Po“

J.S. Bach. H-moll Messe (BWV 232). "Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris"

J.S. Bach. H-moll Messe (BWV 232). "Agnus Dei"

G. F. Handel - Vedo il ciel che piu sereno / LA RESURREZIONE