Kaunas State Musical Theatre
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The theatre palace on the central street of Kaunas was built in 1892. The original neo-renaissance building has been altered by several exterior and interior since reconstructions. The interior of the auditorium, designed by famous Lithuanian architect V. Dubeneckis in 1925, is of special value. It combines two tendencies in the art of the period; the Lithuanian pattern of tulips and lilies and European Art Deco, which was popular at the time. The auditorium seats up to 500 spectators.
Chief Conductor Julius Geniusas, Production Designer Janina Malinauskaite and General Manager/Artistic Director Gintas Zilys.
When the Opera Theatre moved to Vilnius, the capital, in 1948, the Theatre Palace housed the Kaunas State Music Theatre, which had started operating on 27th November 1940. The latter company has been the only one in Lithuania producing operetta and showing the best works of the genre to its audience since the Soviet period. But when the Opera Theatre moved to Vilnius and left Kaunas, which used to be the cradle of professional Lithuanian opera without any opera, Kaunas Music Theatre sought to enrich its repertoire with this most important genre of the music stage.
Today Kaunas Music Theatre is the second largest theatre in Lithuania. Its repertoire includes all musical stage genres. Local people and visitors can see the most popular operas by Mozart, Gounod, Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti and von Flotow, operettas by J. Strauss, Lehar, Offenbach, Kalman, Abraham, and musicals by Loewe, Leigh and Bernstein. The theatre also arranges concerts.
The company is proud of its soloists, who have won international vocal competitions.
The company stages more than 200 performances and 3-4 premiéres annually, shown from September to June.
Kaunas Musical Theatre co-operates successfully with foreign artists. The theatre repertoire has benefited from the works of a number of German, Austrian, and Hungarian stage masters.
In recent years, Kaunas State Music Theatre has enjoyed the attention of an appreciative public.
Gounod's Opera "Margherita". Conductor: Julius Geniusas. Producer: Gintas Zilys. Scenery and costumes: Virginija Idzelyte. Margherita: Sabina Martinaityte (soprano). Mephistopheles: Juozas Malikonis (bass).
Photos: Jonas Daniunas.
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