Lithuanian soprano Ausrine Stundyte is making her Salzburg Festival debut as Elektra. Other roles in the 2019/20 season have included Salome for her debut at the Vienna State Opera, at the Berlin State Opera and with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Fabio Luisi, the title role in Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna in Baltimore and at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Judith (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle) at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. In 2021 she will make her role debut as Regan in a new production of Aribert Reimann’s Lear at the Bavarian State Opera.
Her most important recent engagements include Heliane in Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane at the Bard SummerScape Festival as well as in Ghent and Antwerp, Andrea in José María Usandizaga’s Basque folk opera Mendi Mendiyan in Bilbao and San Sebastián, Katerina Izmaylova (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District) under Ingo Metzmacher in Paris, under Kazushi Ono in Lyon and under Dmitri Jurowski in Antwerp, Tosca in Helsinki, Seattle and São Paulo, Salome in Berlin and Bologna, Renata (The Fiery Angel) at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, in Warsaw, under Gianandrea Noseda in Zurich, in Munich and under Kazushi Ono in Lyon, Carlotta in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten and Judith at the Komische Oper in Berlin, Bianca in Zemlinsky’s Eine florentinische Tragödie in Amsterdam, Catalani’s Loreley at the St Gallen Festival, Venus (Tannhäuser) in Venice and Antwerp, Montezuma in Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico in Cologne and Madrid, Leonore (Fidelio) under Zubin Mehta in Florence and also at the Vienna Volksoper, Margherita in Boito’s Mefistofele in Munich, Chrysothemis (Elektra) in Antwerp, the title role in La Gioconda in St Gallen and Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) in Savonlinna and Seattle.
Ausrine Stundyte studied in her home city of Vilnius and in Leipzig and began her career with appearances at the Leipzig Opera and as a member of the Cologne Opera. Her earliest guest engagements took her to Essen, Lübeck, Lisbon and – as Sieglinde (Die Walküre) – to Palermo.
Ausrine Stundyte is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. Among the conductors with whom she has worked are not only the foregoing but also Jeffrey Tate, Julia Jones, Julian Kovatchev, Marco Armiliato, Markus Stenz and Gabriel Feltz, while directors include Calixto Bieito, Robert Carsen, Peter Konwitschny, Graham Vick, David Alden, Christof Nel, Pierre Audi, Tatjana Gürbaca, Anthony Pilavachi and Dmitri Tcherniakov.
As a concert artist Ausrine Stundyte has appeared in the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Stuttgart Liederhalle, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Essen Philharmonie and several concert halls in Tokyo.