EDGARAS MONTVIDAS GREAT AS LENSKIJ IN OSLO
Eugene Onegin in Oslo are again having a small, but very importent change in the cast in the elading roles. The famous Lithuanian tenor Edgaras Montvidas, resident in London, is guesting for the last performances of Eugene Onegin, and that is a success. From he is entering the scene, elegantly looking in his white riding outfit with brown leather boots, he is lighting up by his stage presence. It looks like he is truly in love with Olga (Tone Kummervold) who is playing wonderfully back to him.
This is the best Lenskij I have heard in this Oslo production of Eugene Onegin. This is due to several details. First, Montvidas voice is beautiful, powerful when needed, soft when needed, it has a delicious sound. Furtherone, he is present at the stage and he playes his role, as he was born Lenskij. Last, but not least he do sing russian, and it is importent, when the text is russian, as there is so much music in the words. This makes that four of the five singers on stage are russian speaking, which of course, inspires the rest of the cast in their interpretation. That Montvidas in addition looks handsome and are giving the role a personality that we trust in, is importent in this case.
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Lithuanian tenor EDGARAS MONTVIDAS was educated in Vilnius at the Lithuanian Music Academy. From 2001-2003 he was a member of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Vilar Young Artists Programme, where he sang Alfredo in La Traviata, Arminio in Verdi’s I Masnadieri, Marcellus and Laertes in Thomas’s Hamlet and Fenton in Falstaff. From 2004 to 2006 he was a member of the ensemble of Frankfurt Opera where his roles included Des Grieux in Manon; Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Alfredo inLa Traviata and Macduff in Macbeth.
Current and future plans include Prunier in Puccini’s La Rondine for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Duke inRigoletto for Scottish Opera; Lensky for Opera National de Lyon; the Fisherman in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Opera National de Lyon and Netherlands Opera; Tamino for Opera National de Bordeaux; Arbace in Idomeneo for Netherlands Opera and Ruggiero in La Rondine for Leipzig Opera.
Other opera appearances have included Alfredo in La Traviata in Lyon; Werther in Lithuania; Tebaldo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi for Opera North; Ruggiero in La Rondine for Leipzig Opera; Alfredo for Glyndebourne on Tour; Lensky in Eugene Onegin for the Glyndebourne Festival; Belmonte inDie Entführung aus dem Serail for Bayerische Staatsoper, Komische Oper Berlin, Hamburg Opera, Teatro Verdi, Trieste and Netherlands Opera; Duke in Rigoletto, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Rodolfo in La Bohème in Lithuania; Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte for Garsington Opera Festival and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Lensky in Eugene Onegin in St.Gallen.
He is also active on the concert platform, making his debut at the BBC Proms in 2002 singing The Voice of the Forge in De Falla’s La Vida Brevewith the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has since returned to the Proms to sing The Shepherd in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and the Young Lover in Puccini’s Il Tabarro.
He has sung with the BBC Symphony, Scottish Chamber, Russian National and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestras as well as the major orchestras in his native Lithuania and nearby Latvia in repertoire including Berlioz’s Te Deum, Mozart’s Requiem, César Franck’s Les Béatitudes, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Liszt’s Missa Coronationalis.
In 2009, Edgaras was awarded the Theatre Award The Gold Cross of the Stage in Lithuania for his performances as Werther.
(This biography is from the Latvian National Opera home page, about Edgaras Montvidas.)