Sunday Music Series | Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra: Maria Callas

Jurate Svedaite
Jurate Svedaite


Sunday Music Series | Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra: Maria Callas

The NBMAA’s longstanding monthly concert series features local & regional performances from a variety of musical genres.

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“Visi d’Arte” stands as a luminous one-woman tribute to the legendary Maria Callas. Meticulously researched, this theatrical journey blends Callas’ profound reflections with iconic arias she’s renowned for, captivatingly performed by soprano Jurate Svedaite. Set against the intimate backdrop of Callas’ Paris apartment in September 1977, the narrative unveils as Maria, in conversation with an unseen journalist, delves into her unparalleled triumphs, poignant tragedies, and profound insights on the art of performance.

Possessing a vocal artistry and stage presence capable of “transfixing audiences with moments of opera magic,” Lithuanian soprano, Jūratė Švedaitė, has performed on four continents with organizations such as the Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Prolirica de Antioquia (Colombia), Kaunas (Lithuania) Chamber Orchestra, Classical Orchestra of Piła (Poland), the Lithuanian National Ensemble “Lietuva”, Schlern International Music Festival (Italy), Greve Opera Festival (Italy), San Gimignano Music Festial (Italy), Pazaislis International Music Festival (Lithuania), among others, in venues as varied as Carnegie Hall, the Jerusalem Center (Israel), the Lithuanian National Philharmonic and Teatro Metropolitano de Medellin.

Her previous roles include the diva Tosca, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Aida, Violetta in La Traviata, Mimi in La Bohème, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Desdemona in Otello, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, Marguerite in Faust, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, , Antonia/ Giulietta in Les Contes d’HoffmannNedda in Pagliacci, Micaela in Carmen, and the title role in Floyd’s Susannah, among others

An active performer of sacred works and oratorios as well, her credits include Monteverdi’s and Vivaldi’s Magnificats; Bach’s Mass in B minor, Christmas Oratorio, Coffe and Peasant Cantatas as well as numerous sacred cantatas; Mozart’s Requiem, Exsultate Jubilate, Solemn Vespers and Missa Brevis; Pergolessi’s Stabat Mater, Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, and Faure’s Requiem.

The granddaughter of one of Lithuania’s most revered composers and arrangers of traditional music, Jonas Švedas, she began performing at an early age and made her recording debut at the age of twelve; also at that time, she hosted several programs for children on national television. Ms. Švedaitė later attended the Lithuanian Music Academy where she earned Bachelors and Masters and Degrees in Opera Performance and Vocal Instruction.


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All shows begin at 3 p.m.; doors to event space will open at 2:30 p.m.

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