BIOGRAPHY

Lithuanian tenor Edgaras Montvidas was educated in Vilnius and from 2001-2003 he was a member of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Young Artists Programme, where he sang Alfredo La Traviata, Arminio in Verdi I Masnadieri, Marcellus and Laertes in Thomas Hamlet and Fenton Falstaff. From 2004-2006 he was a member of the ensemble of Frankfurt Opera where his roles included Des Grieux Manon, Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Tamino Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Alfredo La Traviata and Macduff Macbeth.

Plans this season and beyond include Lensky Eugene Onegin and Belmonte in Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Lensky for theBayerische Staatsoper, Munich and Grande Théâtre de Genève; Alfred in a new production of Strauss Die Fledermaus for English National Opera and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for Santa Fe Opera. In concert, Verdi Requiem in Vaasa, Finland; Szymanowski King Roger with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Charles Dutoit; Helios in concert and recording of Félicien David Herulaneum with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and Hervé Niquet and Beethoven Symphony No 9 with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra.

Other recent opera appearances have included Lensky for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Belmonte for Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Hamburg Opera and Netherlands Opera; Nemorino L’elisir d’amore for English National Opera and Scottish Opera for whom Edgaras has also performed Duke Rigoletto and Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress; Ruggero La Rondine for Leipzig Opera; Prunier La Rondine for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Alfredo La Traviata, Fisherman Le Rossignol and Lensky for Lyon Opera; Tebaldo I Capuleti e I Montecchi for Opera North; Fisherman Le Rossignol for Netherlands Opera and the Aix-en-Provence Festival; Tamino Die Zauberflöte for Opéra National de Bordeaux; Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi for Cincinatti Opera and Arbace in Mozart Idomeneo for Netherlands Opera.

Edgaras is also active on the concert platform, recently singing Bruneau Requiem at La Monnaie, Fisherman Le Rossignol with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Pierre Boulez, Fisherman and Ravel L’Enfant et les sortilèges with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Charles Dutoit and has sung with the London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony, Scottish Chamber, Russian National and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestras as well as with the major orchestras in his native Lithuania and nearby Latvia, in repertoire including Berlioz Te Deum; Mozart Requiem; Dvorak Stabat Mater; César Franck Les Béatitudes, Mendelssohn Lobesgesang, Beethoven Mass in C, Liszt Missa Coronationalis and Stravinsky Renard. He has made a number of appearances at the BBC Proms including singing The Voice of the Forge in de Falla La Vida Breve with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; The Shepherd in Stravinsky Oedipus Rex and the Young Lover in Puccini Il Tabarro with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2009, Edgaras was awarded the Theatre Award The Gold Cross of the Stage in Lithuania for his performances as Werther, 2014 soloist was awarded Medal of The Order for Merits to Lithuania by HE President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

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