Lithuania in the News
10th March 2013
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James Morrison. Photo courtesy filharmonija.lt
Vaidas Vyšniauskas in the role of Otello.
Photo courtesy opera.lt
Later in the year the noted Lithuanian tenor Vaidas Vyšniauskas (who goes under the stage name Kristian Benedikt) will have the leading role in Verdi’s opera “Otello” with the Queensland Opera October 24 – November 2, 2013. Last year another Lithuanian opera star, Vida Miknevičiūtė, gave a superb performance also in Brisbane as Freia in Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” with by the Hamburg State Opera and Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Vaidas Vyšniauskas’ namesake Petras Vyšniauskas, the famous Lithuanian saxophonist, has recently taken up the post of artistic director of Trimitas. Many Australian Lithuanians will fondly remember Petras from his tour “down under” in 2000, with the late birbynė virtuoso Antanas Smolskus.