In 2015, Lithuanian mezzo soprano Justina Gringytė was named "Young Singer of the Year" at the International Opera Awards. Justina was a a member of the Jetter Parker Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
This season Justina’s engagements include the title role of Carmen for the Teatro Massimo, Palermo and for the Teatro Sao Carlos, Lisbon and Marguerite Le Damnation de Faust for the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. In future seasons, Justina looks forward to returning to Welsh National Opera as Preziosilla La forza del destino and to her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona.
Among Justina’s recent operatic appearances are Maddalena Rigoletto for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Bolshoi Theatre; English National Opera and for her debut at the Teatro Real, Madrid; the title role of Carmen for English National Opera; Scottish Opera; Novosibirsk Oper and Ballet and the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, as well as in concert performances in Moscow and St Petersburg; Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel for Vilnius City Opera; Dulcinee Don Quichotte and Kaled in La roy de Lahore (Massenet) with the Chelsea Opera Group and Fenena Nabucco for Welsh National Opera and the Savonlinna Opera Festival.
On the concert platform, recent highlights include the Verdi Requiem with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Kazushi Ono; Meg Page in a concert performance of Falstaff with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and Gintaras Rinkevicius at the Pažaislis Music Festival.
As a recitalist, Justina has recently appeared with Iain Burnside at the Wigmore Hall and with Julius Drake in Antwerp. Her debut recording The Complete Rachmaninov Songs with Iain Burnside was shortlisted for the 2014 Gramophone Awards.
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“She commands the stage, alternately spitting out or sliding deliciously around in her vocal lines, imperious one minute and fragile the next.”
"Justina Gringyte sings the title role, fresh from Calixto Bieito’s rather friskier production at English National Opera earlier this year. Here she is the classic Gypsy stereotype, all swooshy skirts and swarthy glances, but more interestingly she can really sing: her voice is steel-clad, hotly phrased, superbly controlled. Maybe she overdoes the opening scenes, but her colours soften through the opera as they should. She can move, too, and play the castanets just about in time while doing so. It’s an impressive performance.”
“Mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte was a fiery Giovanna Seymour in the extract from Anna Bolena, revealing a wonderfully smoky tone, and she delivered the coloratura fearlessly.”
“All eyes were drawn to Justina Gringyte as Carmen, the star turn of the show, whose magnetic stage presence turned sultry, spitting-angry, vulnerable and passionate as she tore into her arias with a vengeance and astonishing vocal verve.”
“Justina Gringyte projected vibrant tone and lucid Italian as the unfortunate Fenena.”
The Daily Telegraph
“Justina Gringyte on the other hand is a knowing Carmen, fully aware of how she can sexually ensnare her victims and has a distinctive, richly coloured voice. She is also a magnetic stage presence and was one of the few singers on stage to fully embody the requirements the staging demanded.”