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Rita Novikaite (Kaunas, Lithuania)

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania

 

RITA NOVIKAITE (Mezzosopran) born in Kaunas, Lithuania. She studied on the Lithuanian Music and Theatre – Academy in Vilnius. She gained Master of Art at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria. She also studied at the Accademia Verdiana della Fondazione Arthuro Toscanini in Italy. She has reprised the roles of Marzellina in Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini), the titel role in Carmen (Bizet Carmen), Magdalena in Rigoletto (Verdi), Bogumil in The Beggar Student (Millöcker), Prince Orlowsky in Die Fledermaus (Strauss), Zuleika in Fatinitza (von Suppe), Juditha in Juditha Triumphans (Vivaldi), Mother in The Consul (Menotti), Ruggiero in Alcina (Händel); Sesto in La clemenza di Tito (Mozart) playing on stages in Lithuania Austria and Italy. playing on stages in Lithuania Austria and Italy.

Rita’s repertoire also includes Lieder, chamber music and oratorios: Stabat Mater (Dvorak/ Pergolesi/ Rossini/ Vivaldi), Requiem (Mozart/ Verdi), Te Deum (Bruckner), Missa Solemnis and IX Symphonie (Beethoven), Messiah (Handel), Christus (Liszt), Elijas (Mendelssohn), Le Déluge (Saint – Saens), Gailestingumo altorius (Martinaitis), Stabat Mater (Szymanowski), Missa in tempore belli (Haydn), Magnificat (Bach ) etc.

She frequently enjoys being in concerts and festivals in Lithuania, Austria, Germany, England, Italy, France and Belgium.

She sang mezzo soprano on CDs of Gloria (Vivaldi), Requiem (Mozart), Missa Solemnis (Beethoven) and Fatinitza (von Suppe). She has also recorded solo CDs Christmas Carols, November Dreams, and an opera arias album Nel Contrasto and K.Burstein`s Song cycle for Mezzo – soprano und Symphony Orchestra “Songs of Love and Solitude”(NAXOS).

Her recordings are frequently played on national radio both in Lithuania and in Austria.

2005-2011 Rita Novikaite taught at the Art and Music University of Graz; 2007-2015 she is associate professor at the Prayner Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna; From 2011 – associate professor at the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas; Rita is jury member in many international singing competition; Gives singing-master classes.