Event date: 2022-07-05
Event starts: 20:00 Event ends: 22:30
Event place: Near Kaunas Castle
In the summer, the collage opera “Mažvydas” together with a large group of performers and an live orchestra will take place at the International Festival “Operetta in Kaunas Castle”! For more information: https://operetta.lt/koliazine-opera-mazvydas/
All festival events are FREE!
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.
Authors of photography: Viktorija Vaišvilaitė-Skirutienė (photoshoot of V.Bagdonas), Martynas Aleksa (11th March in Siemens arena).
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