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Ieva Prudnikovaitė-Pitrėnė

Assoc. Professor at the LMTA Department of Vocal PerformanceSubjects: Vocal Performance. Languages: English (C1), Russian (C1), German (B1).

Ieva Prudnikovaitė (mezzo-soprano) (b. 1983) was born to a musical family of opera soloist Vladimiras Prudnikovas and pianist Nijolė Ralytė. In 2008, the singer graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA) where she had studied in Prof. Regina Maciūtė’s vocal performance class. Now, Ieva Prudnikovaitė is a laureate of the International Music Competition Cologne (Germany) and has received several awards at other national competitions.

Ieva Prudnikovaitė has performed with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Essen Philharmonic, and Bochumer Symphoniker (Germany), the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (Austria), the Symphony Orchestra of St. Gallen, and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra.

The performer has enjoyed the opportunity to work together with such conductors as, among others, Saulius Sondeckis, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Juozas Domarkas, Modestas Pitrėnas, Robertas Šervenikas, Sergey Krylov, Stefan Soltesz, Steven Sloane, Alexander Joel, Guillermo Garcia Calvo, Rossen Gergov, Josep Caballe-Domenech, Omer Meir Wellber, Matthew Halls, Guiliano Carella, Tomáš Netopil, Matteo Beltrami, Otto Tausk, and Corinna Niemeyer.

In 2008-2014, Ieva Prudnikovaitė was a soloist at the Aalto Theatre in Essen, Germany. Her roles include Končakovna (Alexander Borodin‘s Prince Igor), Roβweiβe (Richard Wagner‘s Die Walküre), Juno (Georg Friedrich Händel’s Semele), Fenena (Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi), Schoolboy (Lulu by Alban Berg), Federica (Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi), 2Norn/Waltraute/Floβhilde (Richard Wagner‘s Götterdämmerung), Suzuki (Giacomo Puccini‘s Madama Butterfly), Carmen (Georges Bizet‘s Carmen), Giulietta (Jacques Offenbach‘s Les Contes d‘Hoffmann), Olga (Pyotr Tchaikovsky‘s Eugene Onegin), Isoletta (Vincenzo Bellini‘s La Straniera), Polinesso (Georg Friedrich Händel’s Ariodante), Ms.Quickly (Giuseppe Verdi‘s Falstaff), and Ulrica (Giuseppe Verdi‘s Un ballo in maschera). In 2010, the singer received the Award of the Soloist of the Year.

Ieva Prudnikovaitė has also performed Carmen‘s part at the State Theatre of Braunschweig (Germany), the Latvian National Opera, and the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (where she was granted the Opera and Ballet Švyturiai Award). In 2011, the singer performed the part of Maddalena (Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi) at the Vienna Festival (Austria) (stage director Luc Bondy) at the Theatre an der Wien and also in the rendering by the Vienna Volksoper.

Ieva Prudnikovaitė is a willing participant in the projects of the Vilnius City Opera Theatre where she performed in The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy, and Charles Gounod‘s Faust. In 2019, the Theater St. Gallen (Switzerland) featured the singer as Octavia in Claudio Monteverdi‘’s The Coronation of Poppae, Kascheyevna in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Kashchey the Deathless, and Death in The Nightingale by Igor Stravinsky. Ieva Prudnikovaitė’s most recent role is Blanche in The Gambler by Sergei Prokofiev at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.