Vytautas Juozapaitis (baritone)

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Vytautas Juozapaitis (b. 1963) is one of the most remarkable baritones of Lithuania, the singer whose voice could be heard in many musical events and during almost all premieres of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre (LNOBT).
After having graduated from his vocal studies with Prof. V. Prudnikovas at the Lithuanian Academy of Music in 1989, V. Juozapaitis made his debut with Freddie’s part in the operetta "My Fair Lady" by F. Loewe in Kaunas Musical Theatre; in 1990, he sang the part of Wolfram in R. Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Since 1990, V. Juozapaitis has been working as a solo singer at the LNOBT; since 1996, he has also been teaching solo singing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music.

The singer won the first prize during the Competition of Lithuanian Vocalists in 1992. The year 1993 was particularly memorable: he was awarded a diploma at the International Luciano Pavarotti Vocal Competition in Philadelphia (USA). The same year V. Juozapaitis studied with Marlen Malas in New York (USA) and with the Finnish baritone Tom Krause. Several years in a row the singer participated in the projects of the European Centre for Opera and Vocal Art (E.C.O.V.) based in Belgium: he prepared parts of Don Giovanni (in W. A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni, 1993) and Escamillo (G. Bizet’s Carmen, 1995), participated in Gala concert in the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie 1994). Don Giovanni performed by V. Juozapaitis in Prague, Czech National Opera Theatre, and while touring with this theatre in Japan (1994 – 1995) was widely acclaimed.

V. Juozapaitis has been singing in almost all recent productions of LNOBT. His repertoire consists of more than twenty roles, among them Enrico (G. Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor), Baron and Germont (G. Verdi’s La traviata), Scarpia (G. Puccini’s Tosca), Amonasro (G. Verdi’s Aida), Don Carlo and Marquis de Posa (G. Verdi’s Don Carlo) and Rigoletto (G. Verdi’s Rigoletto). The part of Guglielmo in W. A. Mozart’s opera Cosi fan tutte is among most remarkable recent works of V. Juozapaitis, which was produced specifically for the Vilnius Festival ’98 as an international project. For this part, the singer was awarded the statue of „Christopher” in 1999.

V. Juozapaitis’s repertoire includes many baritone parts in oratories such as Carmina Burana by C. Orff, Ein Deutches Requiem by J. Brahms, War Requiem by B. Britten, Stabat Mater by F. Schubert and Era di Aguarius by S. Gubaidulina. In 1992, during the Schleswig-Holstein Festival (Germany) the performance of the latter opus was conducted by M. Rostropovich.

The singer has been giving concerts in Lithuania and abroad: he toured Austria, Holland, Belgium, Czech Republic, India, Nepal, Japan, Norway, Poland, USA, Spain, Russia, Germany, Latvia, Estonia and Canada. He participated in famous festivals such as New and Old Roads in India (Spain, 1992), Schleswig-Holstein (Germany, 1992), Savonlinna Opera (Finland, 1993), Salzburger Festspiele (Austria, 1994), Wrozlaw Oratory Music (Poland, 1993), Symposium-Festival of French Composers of Contemporary Music Montpelior '93, F. Schubert – J. Haydn festivals (Lithuania, 1992, 1997), Vilnius and Pažaislis festivals.

The soloist has collaborated with famous foreign and Lithuanian conductors: Mstislav Rostropovich, Eduard Muller, David Agler, Pinchas Steinberg, Ch. von Dohnanyi, Justus Franz, Jonas Aleksa, Juozas Domarkas, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Vytautas Viržonis, Rimas Geniušas, Julius Geniušas and Saulius Sondeckis; he has prepared parts in Kaunas and Klaipėda Musical Theatres, Ghent Opera and Czech National Opera Theatre.

For the parts he has prepared during the last five years (Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Count Šemeta, Žygimantas Augustas, Renatas and Žilvinas) as well as for the popularization of Lithuanian music, the opera soloist Vytautas Juozapaitis was awarded the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts in 2003.

Lithuanian Composers

Vytautas Barkauskas

Hope, oratorio

Vytautas Klova

Opera "Pilėnai" - Udrys

Bronius Kutavičius

 Opera ”The Bear” -  Count Semeta

Oratorios Cantatas Mass

Johann Sebastian Bach

Mass in B minor, BWV 232

Johannes Brahms

Ein deutches Requiem, op.45

Benjamin Britten

War requiem

Carl Orff

Carmina Burana, cantata

Arnold Schoenberg

Gurrelieder, oratorio

Franz Schubert

Stabat Mater, oratorio

Igor Stravinsky

Chant du rossignol / The Song of the Nightingale

Voice and Piano

Gustav Mahler

Das Knaben Wunderhorn, vocal cycle


Gaetano Donizetti

Lucia di Lammermoor - Enrico

Friedrich von Flotow

Martha - Plumket

Charles Gounod

Faust - Valentin

Sofia Gubaidulina

Era di Aguarius / Age of Aquarius, opera-oratorio-ballet

Joseph Haydn

Le pescatrici - Lindor

Franz Lehar

Paganini - Paganini

Pietro Mascagni

Opera ”Cavalleria rusticana”  - Alfio

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Cosi fan tutte - Alfonso, Guglielmo

Don Giovanni - Don Giovanni

Amilcare Ponchielli

I Lituani

Giacomo Puccini

Tosca - Scarpia

Gianni Schicchi - Gianni Schicchi

"Turandot" - Ping, Lord Chancellor

Gioachino Rossini

Il Barhiere di Siviglia - Figaro

Il viaggio a Reinus - Don Alvaro

Johann Strauss

Der Zigeunerbaron / The Gypsy Baron - Count Peter Homonay

Wiener Blut / Vienna Blood - Ipsheim

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

The Queen of Spades - Yeletsky

Giuseppe Verdi

La traviata - Baron and Alfredo Germont

"Aida" - Amonasro

La forza del destino - Don Carlo

Don Carlo - Don Carlo,  Marquis of Posa

Rigoletto - Rigoletto

Un ballo in maschera - Renato

Richard Wagner

Tannhäuser - Wolfram

Carl Maria Weber

Der Freischütz - Otokar, Kilian

Orchestral works

Igor Stravinsky

Chant du rossignol / The Song of the Nightingale, Symphony Poem

Other Works

Kaija Saariaho

”The Tempest Songbook” (2004), cycle for soprano, baritone and instrumental enesemble

Rodrigo death scene " Son Io, mio Carlo...Io morro, ma lieto in core " from Giuseppe Verdi opera " Don Carlo" IV act, II scene in Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre

Vytautas Klova Ūdrys aria from opera "Pilėnai"

My Way / Comme d'habitude

G. Rossini opera Il Balbiere di SivigliaLargo Al Factotum - Figaro

A symphony concert The Kaunas State Choir is 40, 9 November 2009

9 November 2009, Kaunas Philharmonic Hall

20 November 2009, Vilnius Congress Concert Hall

Antonin Dvořák

Cello Concerto in H minor, op. 104

Carl Orff

Cantata “Carmina Burana”





Kaunas State Choir (leader PETRAS BINGELIS)


3rd International Mykolas Oginskis‘ festival, Plungė, August 30, 2008

Opera by Pietro Mascagni “Cavalleria rusticana“

Lithuanian national symphony orchestra.

Kaunas State Choire.

Soloists - Dalia Kužmarskytė, Algirdas Janutas, Vytautas Juozapaitis,

Laima Jonutytė, Ieva Prudnikovaitė. Conductor Juozas Domarkas

Concert in the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, May 13, 2006

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