Lithuanian baritone Romanas Kudriašovas, a recent London National Opera Studio alumnus has been described by The Telegraph as having a voice with shades of Alan Rickman in speech and John Shirley-Quirk in song — that certainly catches the ear.
This season Mr. Kudriašovas returns to the Baroque Opera Theatre of Lithuania as Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea and as Corydon, Winter and Hymen in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. He will also be travelling to Italy to perform the role of Tiburzio in the world premiere performances and DVD production of Belluci’s Il gatto con gli stivali at the Nuovo Teatro Araldo in Turin. As a recitalist he presents a new programme dedicated to the renowned 20th century baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, celebrating his astonishing career.
Recent engagements have included a re-invitation for a third performance of Amy Lane’s production of Tosca, singing the role of Sagrestano, starring Sir Bryn Terfel as Scarpia and Ms Kristine Opolais as Tosca at the International Eisteddfod festival in Llangollen, the production being previously performed at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff and the Royal Liverpool philharmonic hall. In his reference Sir Bryn Terfel has described Romanas as „incredibly well prepared“ and „an excellent colleague“, saying that „style and interpretation was evident“ and „his beautiful baritone voice was well suited to the role“.
Other roles of the previous seasons include Il Conte (cover) Le Nozze di Figaro for Glyndebourne festival, Eolo La fida Ninfa for the Lithuanian Baroque Opera Theater, Lockit The Beggar’s Opera and Antenor Dardanus with the European Opera Centre, Valens Theodora with the Sacred Opera Berlin, as well as Mr. X in Kalman’s Zirkusprinzessin with the State Music Theatre in Klaipėda (Lithuania), Bill Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny with the Hamburger Symphoniker, and Elviro Serse at Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy.
As a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Mr. Kudriašovas performed as both soloist and as ensemble member. The engagements have included oratorios in venues throughout Europe and Asia, including the Luxembourg Philharmonic Hall, The Rudolfinum in Prague, the new Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall (St Petersburg), Kanazawa Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Singapore Philharmonic, the Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall and others. Mr. Kudriašovas is also a keen recitalist. He has given recitals in Germany, the UK (including St Marti-in-the-Fields and Europe House in London), the Royal Opera House in Oman, Teatro Victoria in Turin, as well as in his home country of Lithuania, where he frequently performs at the National Philharmonic Halls of Vilnius and Kaunas.
Mr. Kudriašovas studied singing at the Music and Theatre Academy in Lithuania (Bachelor of Music), Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg (Masters) and lastly at the Wales International Academy of Voice with Dennis O’Neill and Nuccia Focile (Masters with distinction). Supplementing his education he has trained at the Georg Solti summer Bel Canto Academy with Leo Nucci, Barbara Frittoli, Silvana Bartoli and Richard Bonynge, as well as taking masterclasses instructed by Kiri Te Kanawa, Della Jones and Laurent Pillot.