Info o umelcovi Violeta Urmana
Violeta Urmana is a Lithuanian soprano and mezzo-soprano.
She enjoys an international career singing in opera houses around the world. Violeta Urmana studied piano at the Conservatory of Vilnius. A year before terminating, she switched to vocal studies which she continued in Munich at Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with Astrid Varnay. Between 1991 and 1993, Violeta Urmana joined the Opernstudios of Bayerische Staatsoper. Soon she was to take on small roles there. The artist received several awards at international singing contests. Thus major international operas' offers were soon to follow.
Violeta Urmana collaborated with well-known conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Bertrand de Billy, Pierre Boulez, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, James Conlon, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Jesús López Cobos, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franz Welser-Möst, Christian Thielemann.
Her roles and performances include: Sieglinde in Die Walküre at the Bayreuth Festival, Iphigénie en Aulide at La Scala, Maddalena in Andrea Chénier at the Vienna State Opera, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Isolde in Tristan und Isolde, Leonora in Verdi’s La forza del destino, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and the title roles of La Gioconda, Tosca, Ariadne auf Naxos, La Wally, and Aida.
Urmana also performs in concerts and recitals with a varied repertoire from Bach to Berlioz to Alban Berg.
In March 2016, Violeta Urmana was appointed the Unesco artist for peace in Paris by Irina Bokowa, the general director of Unseco. The honor followed as a recognition of her continuous efforts to use culture as a medium of dialog and to support mutual understanding and for her commitment to realize the aims of Unesco, especially in Africa.