Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Justina Gringytė has received high praise for her “knockout technique” (The Times) and “thunderously powerful voice” (The Telegraph). She was awarded Young Singer of the Year at the 2015 International Opera Awards, and is a graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
In the 2021-22 season she sings Maddalena Rigoletto for Opéra national de Paris and Amneris Aida for Israeli Opera. She also performs Mahler’s Symphony No.2 ‘Resurrection’ with Euskadiko Orchestra, and sings Corigliano’s ‘One Sweet Morning’ for the opening concert of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra season.
Recent operatic highlights include her house debut at Korean National Opera (Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel); her house and role debut as Suzuki Madama Butterfly (Gran Teatre del Liceu); her role debuts as Dalila Samson et Dalila (Vilnius City Opera), Romeo I Capuletie i Montecchi (Lithuanian National Opera), and Tigrana Edgar (Scottish Opera); title role Carmen (English National Opera, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lithuanian National Opera, Teatro Massimo Palermo, and Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre); Maddalena Rigoletto (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real, Madrid; English National Opera and Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow); Sara Roberto Devereux, Preziosilla La Forza del Destino and Fenena Nabucco (Welsh National Opera); Marguerite La damnation de Faust (Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow); Hänsel und Gretel (Vilnius City Opera); Kaled Le roi de Lahore and Dulcinée Don Quichotte (Chelsea Opera Group); and Meg Page Falstaff (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra).
Equally, in demand on the concert platform, recent performances include Boulanger’s Psalm 130 (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms); Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall); Mahler Symphony No 3 (Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra); Mahler Symphony No 8 (Philharmonia Orchestra); Verdi Requiem (Simón Bolívar Orchestra); Dvořák’s Stabat Mater (Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra); Raminta Šerkšnyte’s Songs of Sunset and Dawn (Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra); Respighi Il tramonto and Britten Phaedra (Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra); a concert with Frankfurt Radio Symphony; and the closing concert of XV International Tytuvenai Festival with Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet House Orchestra.
Her debut recording The Complete Rachmaninov Songs (Delphian, with Iain Burnside) was shortlisted for the 2014 Gramophone Awards and her recording of Medtner songs, also with Iain Burnside, was released in 2018 to great acclaim, with Gramophone
praising the disc’s “fresh new perspective”. Recent recitals include a recital of Rachmaninov songs with Julius Drake in Antwerp, a Wigmore Hall recital with Iain Burnside as part of their Russian series, and a series of recitals with Petras Geniušas.
Gringytė studied at Lithuania’s Academy of Music and Theatre, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio in London.