Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2011–13, during which time her roles included Maddalena (Rigoletto Act III, Plácido Domingo Celebration), Flora Bervoix (La traviata), Wood Nymph (Rusalka), Albina (La donna del lago) and Suzy (La rondine) and for The Royal Ballet Im Treibhaus. Since leaving the Programme she has returned to The Royal Opera to sing Sixth Flowermaiden (Parsifal), and in the 2014/15 sings Maddalena (Rigoletto).
Gringyte first trained as a pianist before studying singing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the National Opera Studio and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Since 2006 she has learnt with Buddug Verona James. Engagements since leaving the Programme include Fenena (Nabucco) with Welsh National Opera and for Savonlinna Festival, Maddalena for English National Opera, Dorabella (Così fan tutte) at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Dulcinée (Don Quichotte) for the Chelsea Opera Group at the Royal Festival Hall.
In concert and recital Gringyte's engagements include Verdi’s Requiem in Caracas under Gustavo Dudamel, Mahler’s Symphony no.8 with Philharmonia under Esa-Pekka Salonen, an appearance at the Kirsten Flagstad Festival, Norway, Britten's Phaedra and Rachmaninoff's songs with Ian Burnside, also recorded on the Delphian label.
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21 January 2013
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Justina Gringyte as Maddalena and Saimir Pirgu as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014
Hanna Hipp as Olga, Pablo Bemsch as Lensky, Justina Gringyte as Larina and Ashley Riches as Onegin in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2013
Justina Gringyte as Albina in La donna del lago © ROH / Bill Cooper 2013
Hanna Hipp as Bianca, Dušica Bijelic as Yvette, Angela Gheorghiu as Magda de Civry and Justina Gringyte as Suzy in La rondine © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013
Justina Gringyte as Flora in Richard Eyre's La traviata © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012
Justina Gringyte as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in the JPYA Summer Showcase © ROH / Richard H Smith 2012
Justina Gringyte as Dorabella and Daniel Grice as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte © ROH / Richard H Smith 2012
Jette Parker Young Artist Justina Gringyte. © ROH