Collage opera “Mažvydas”

Mažvydas is dramatic, profound, having created the first Lithuanian book, as seen by Justinas Marcinkevičius in his drama, comes to life with a new musical performance – the collage opera „Mažvydas“. Special for the 30th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence, an exceptional creative group with actors and performers appreciated by the audience come together for this project. 

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About the program

The unique musical performance „Mažvydas“, combining history and poetry, real facts and creative freedom, tells about the birth of the first Lithuanian book – „Catechism“ – its author Martynas Mažvydas, his dramatic and complex life, the conditions, challenges and reality of Lithuanian dissemination in the 16th century, against the background of major political and religious changes.

The loss of a loved person, dramatic decisions and voluntary exile are only a small part of Mažvydas’ drama based on Justinas Marcinkevičius, which will be revived in the autumn after the March 11 premiere. Even the greatest fans of musical theater and the writer of bright memory did not remain indifferent to the breathtaking text, heartbreaking arias and music combining different styles – here everyone discovered things close to themselves.

This premiere of the project’s creator – State Ensemble „Lietuva“ – is one of the attempts to touch the classics, opening it up and making it its own, understandable and close to the widest possible audience. The collage genre, based on classical opera, unites various music styles, therefore the opera „Mažvydas“ combined the sound of national and symphony orchestra string instruments, brass and electronic music, film music and popular music style.



Mažvydas – Vladas Bagdonas / Giedrius Arbačiauskas 

Mažvydas’ lover Marija – Monika Marija / Dovilė Kazonaitė 

Mažvydas’ son Kasparas – Mantas Jankavičius / Rokas Spalinskas  

Mažvydas’ stepson Kristupas – Rokas Laureckis 

Mažvydas’ wife Benigna – Jovita Vaškevičiūtė / Joana Gedmintaitė  

Lutheran priest, cousin of Mažvydas Vilentas – Saulius Vasiliauskis 

Monk-Inquisitor – Martynas Žukauskas 

Artists: State Ensemble „Lietuva“  



Director – Kęstutis Stasys Jakštas 

Author of libretto and screenplay – Arnas Ališauskas 

Composer – Jonas Jurkūnas 

Chief conductor – dr. Egidijus Kaveckas 

Scenographer – Gintaras Makarevičius 

Costume designer – Olga Filatova-Kontrimienė 

Choreographer – Aušra Krasauskaitė 

Projection designer – Rimas Sakalauskas 

Light designer – Audrius Jankauskas 



Art Director – Giedrius Svilainis

Chief orchestra conductor – Egidijus Kaveckas

Chief Choir-master – Algimantas Kriūnas

Chief Ballet-master – Edgaras Suprunas



THE PROJECT IS FINANCED BY: The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania


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