Fletcher Artist Management represents Kostas Smoriginas in North America. For inquiries elsewhere, please contact Rachel Walters.
Kostas Smoriginas is one of the most sought-after bass-baritones of today. He made his debut at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin as Escamillo in Carmen and has since
performed the role with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle (recorded for EMI Classics), the Salzburg Easter Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Santa Fe Opera, Semperoper Dresden, and with Beijing’s National Centre for Performing Arts.
During the 2022-23 season, Smoriginas will sing Jochanaan in Salome for the National Theatre Brno and in his return to the Opernhaus Zürich, makes his house debut at Staatsoper Hamburg as Escamillo, performs Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde for Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, and appears in concert as Orest in Elektra with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
Last season, Smoriginas made his house debut with Opernhaus Zürich as Jochanaan, also performing the role in concert at the Bergen International Festival. With Opéra de Lausanne he sang the title role Eugene Onegin and performed as Escamillo with Den Norske Opera and in his return to Oper Köln.
Recent and career highlights include a return to the Bregenz Festival as Monterone in Rigoletto; an Eastern European tour as Escamillo in concert performances with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra under Karel Mark Chichon; Escamillo in Barrie Kosky’s production of Carmen, Heerrufer in David Alden’s new Lohengrin, and Tchelakov in a new production of Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Scarpia in Tosca at Opéra de Rouen; Jochanaan in Salome with Oper Köln and for Staatsoper Hannover; Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde in Köln and in concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston and at Carnegie Hall; the title role in Don Giovanni at Opéra de Lausanne; Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Semperoper Dresden; Escamillo in Kasper Holten’s new production of Carmen at the Bregenz Festival; Escamillo, Tomsky in Pique Dame, Eugene Onegin, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, and his role debut as High Priest in Samson et Dalila for Lithuanian National Opera; Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Malmö Opera; and the title roles in Aleko and The Demon at La Monnaie (Brussels).
Smoriginas made his U.S. opera debut in 2010 as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro at Washington National Opera, a role he later performed at San Francisco Opera. Other operatic engagements have included Colline in La bohème at Royal Opera House Covent Garden; title role in Don Giovanni at Teatro Municipal Santiago, Chile and in Toulouse with Théâtre du Capitole; Leporello in Don Giovanni at Opera de Bordeaux; Tomsky with the New Israeli Opera; Eugene Onegin, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Scarpia at Vilnius City Opera; and Masetto in Don Giovanni in his debut at the Teatro alla Scala and in a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov conducted by Marc Minkowski at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Smoriginas is in equally high demand on the concert platform with repertoire including Verdi, Brahms, Mozart and Faure Requiems, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, Dvorak’s Te Deum and Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater, which he sang with Edward Gardner and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev. He won rave reviews for his BBC Proms debut in Stravinsky’s Les Noces at the Royal Albert Hall. Recent concert engagements include Dvorak’s Te Deum with the Orchestre de Paris, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra and Rachmaninov’s The Bells with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons. In the 2017 Prague Spring Festival he performed Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recorded as Pietro in Simon Boccanegra alongside Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ildar Abdrazakov and Barbara Frittoli.
Smoriginas studied at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy before representing his country at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He spent two years at the Royal College of Music and was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House for two years.