In the 2013/14 Season Lithuanian bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas sings Escamillo (Carmen) for The Royal Opera. He was a member of The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2007–9, during which time his roles included Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Marquis d’Obigny (La traviata), Angelotti (Tosca), Bello (La fanciulla del West) and Schlemil (Les Contes d’Hoffmann). He has since returned to sing Colline (La bohème) and Don Alvaro (Il viaggio a Reims in the Jette Parker Young Artists Tenth Anniversary Concert).
Smoriginas studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and represented Lithuania in the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He moved to London in 2005 to study at the Royal College of Music on a full scholarship, and on graduation joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. His roles since have included Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) for San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera, Escamillo with Opera North, in Beijing, Dresden and at the Salzburg Festival, Don Giovanni in Santiago and Toulouse, Leporello (Don Giovanni) at La Scala, Milan, and at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Leporello in Bordeaux, Tomsky (The Queen of Spades) in Israel and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Eugene Onegin in Vilnius.
He frequently appears in concert, recent performances including Szymanowski's Stabat Mater with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner and at the Barbican with Valery Gergiev and Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem in Budapest.
Kostas Smoriginas in Carmen, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2013
Gabriele Viviani as Marcello, Kostas Smoriginas as Colline, Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo and Jacques Imbrailo as Schaunard in La Bohème © Johan Persson/ROH 2009
Kostas Smoriginas as Colline, Gabriele Viviani as Marcello, Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo and Jacques Imbrailo as Schaunard in La Bohème © Johan Persson/ROH 2009
Gabriele Viviani as Marcello, Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo, Hibla Gerzmava as Mimì, Jacques Imbrailo as Schaunard and Kostas Smoriginas as Colline in La Bohème © Johan Persson/ROH 2009