Opera „Į švyturį“. 7-asis šiuolaikinės operos festivalis NOA

Opera „Į švyturį“. 7-asis šiuolaikinės operos festivalis NOA


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Sunday, April 15, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Arts Printing House, Black Hall (Šiltadaržio str. 6)

Opera “To the Lighthouse”

Vilnius première

Human lives are filled with the waiting.

Human lives consist of small disconnected moments that are experienced one after another, but ultimately swing into a powerful wave that sweeps us back to the shore.

The birth of the contemporary Lithuanian opera “To the Lighthouse” was due to inspiration by one of the most lucid pieces of writing – of the same title – by modernist author Virginia Woolf. The work has brought together a few talented artists: stage director Loreta Vaskova, the winner of the four “Golden Stage Crosses” – Lithuanian highest theatrical awards, composer Rita Mačiliūnaitė, and playwright Gabrielė Labanauskaitė. Each of them was peeling Woolf‘s novels from her own perspective, but eventually, they have combined their insights together. This process results in a long, thought-out timing of the opera and its distinctive tempo, along with the retained musicality of Woolf‘s text and the storyline.

The plot of the opera “To the Lighthouse” is developing in the Ramsays‘ summer cottage located on an island. Here, they spend their vacations together with the guests, in filling their time with everyday activities and conversations. The space of the opera is overwhelmed not only by the maritime climate, but also by waiting. The characters are planning to go by boat to a lighthouse on the other shore, so they keep waiting for good weather. Their anxiety caused by the waiting runs as an underwater stream upon the peaceful surface of vacation sea.

Librettist Gabrielė Labanauskaitė-Diena:

“I was writing the libretto in our port city Klaipėda and Venice, so there was always plenty of water around. Woolf's novel, which has served as the basis for creating or rewriting the text, is also fluid, just like the unconscious flow expressing the hopes, expectations and wishes of the characters.”

Composer Rita Mačiliūnaitė:

“The sound expression of the summer atmosphere, the maritime climate and the infinite waiting – that is how I describe this opera of mine. It is designed not only for holidaymakers, whose pace of living is dictated by the weather, but also for those who are not afraid to separate themselves from the outside world, dive into the sounds of the sea, lighthouse and books, and experience the mannerism, longing, naivety, and love musically.”

Director Loreta Vaskova:

“As for the very piece of work by Virginia Woolf, many literary scholars call it one of the writer‘s brightest novels. What else could be more relevant than our own personal life, which, in this chamber opera, equates to that constant desire to get moving towards the lighthouse?”

Librettist Gabrielė Labanauskaitė-Diena

Composer Rita Mačiliūnaitė

Stage director Loreta Vaskova

Music director and conductor Vytautas Valys

Set designer and costume director Olga Nikitina

Video artist Dmitry Sobolev

Sound director Jonas Raudonius

Assistant director Milginta Palubinskaitė

Assistant director Rūta Bunikytė

Makeup artist Aira Brazdienė

Lighting designer Donatas Šimonis

Chief property master Jekaterina Novikienė

Producer Klaipėda State Music Theatre


Mr. Ramsay – Artūras Kozlovskis

Mrs. Ramsay – Dalia Kužmarskytė

James Ramsay (as a child) – Jokūbas Kulevičius

James Ramsay (10 years later) – Rokas Spalinskas

Lily Briscoe – Rita Petrauskaitė

Charles Tansley – Aurimas Raulinavičius

Mrs. McNab – Aurelija Dovydaitienė

Musicians of Klaipėda State Music Theatre orchestra:

Gabija Kochanskaitė (flute)

Dainius Čiuberkis (clarinet)

Audronė Jurkonytė (violin)

Monika Longo (viola)

Vilija Veličkienė (cello)

Carmelo Giuseppe Longo (harpsichord)

Première: May 12, 2017 at Klaipėda State Music Theatre.

Duration: 90 mins.

In Lithuanian with English surtitles.

Duration: 1 hours 30 min.

Door opens before: 30 min.

Free entrance for children: NO.

Permission to take photos, record: NO.

Organizer: Operomanija, VšĮ.

More information: NO.

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