“Montvidas, on the other hand seems perfect from the start... pleasing on the ear, and matched by touchingly earnest acting. His 'Una Furtiva Lagrima' is done with a rare gracefulness rather than showboating histrionics.”
Lithuanian born tenor Edgaras Montvidas was educated in Vilnius. From 2001-3 he was a member of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Young Artists Programme, where he sang Alfredo La Traviata, Arminio in Verdi I Masnadieri, Marcellus and Laertes in Thomas Hamlet and Fenton Falstaff.
Recent and future highlights include:
- Lensky Eugene Onegin; Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail – Glyndebourne Festival Opera
- Belmonte; Lensky – Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
- Don Ottavio Don Giovanni and Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor – Semperoper Dresden
- Flamand Strauss Capriccio – La Monnaie, Brussels
- Conrad Saint-Saëns Le timbre d’argent – Opéra Comique, Paris
- Szymanowski King Roger with Pappano in Rome and Dutoit for the Boston Symphony
Plans this season and beyond include Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor for Semperoper Dresden; the title role in Werther for the Opéra Nationale de Lorraine, Nancy and then for Bergen National Opera; a return to Glyndebourne as Anatol in Barber Vanessa and Boris Katya Kabanova for Hamburg Opera.
Concert highlights include Szymanowski King Roger with Pappano for the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome; Gounod Le Tribut de Zamora with the Munich Radio Orchestra; Verdi Requiem on tour with the Monteverdi Choir and John Eliot Gardiner; Beethoven Ninth Symphony with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Berlioz La Damnation de Faust with the Lithuania State Symphony Orchestra.
Recent opera appearances include Lensky Eugene Onegin and Belmonte for both Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Belmonte for Hamburg Opera and Dutch National Opera with whom Edgaras has also sung Arbace in Mozart Idomeneo and Fisherman in Stravinsky Le Rossignol; Nemorino for English National Opera and Scottish Opera; Ruggero La Rondine and Alfredo for Leipzig Opera; Alfredo for Bayerische Staatsoper; Prunier La Rondine for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi for Cincinatti Opera; Les Contes d’Hoffman in a new production by Barrie Kosky for Komische Oper Berlin; Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for Santa Fe Opera and Semperoper Dresden; Flamand Capriccio for La Monnaie, Brussels and his debut at the Opéra Comique, Paris as Conrad in Saint-Saens Le timbre d’argent.
Edgaras is also active on the concert platform, recently singing Fisherman Le Rossignol with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Pierre Boulez; Szymanowski King Roger, Fisherman and Ravel L’Enfant et les sortilèges with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Charles Dutoit; and Benjamin Godard Dante and Robert in Lalo La Jacquerie for Radio France.
Recordings include Helios in Félicien David Herculaneum with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and Hervé Niquet and Marcomir in Saint-Saëns Les Barbares.
Edgaras has been awarded the Lithuanian Order of Merit medal by President Dalia Grybauskaite; the Badge of Honour – ‘Carry You Light and Believe’ by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and in 2009 was awarded the Theatre Award ‘The Gold Cross of the Stage’ in Lithuania for his performances as Werther.