Jette Parker Young Artist and Samling Scholar Justina Gringyte made her Covent Garden debut as Maddalena (Rigoletto) in the Placido Domingo Gala. After initial studies at Lithuania’s Academy of Music and Theatre, Justina joined the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama followed by London’s National Opera Studio. She has studied with Buddug Verona James since 2006.
Highlights from the current season include Third Innocent (Minotaur) under Antonio Pappano, Albina (La donna del lago) under Michele Mariotti, and Suzy (La Rondine) under Marco Armiliato, all at the Royal Opera House, Dulcinée in Massenet’s Don Quichotte with Chelsea Opera Group and a recording of Rachmaninov songs with Iain Burnside for the Delphian label.
She has recently been awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal and the Llais Llanbed Award, and was a finalist in the Stuart Burrows International Voice Competition.
The absolute strength of this concert performance [of Massenet’s Don Quichotte] is Justina Gringyte. On this showing [she] is clearly one to watch. The voice is technically excellent. Ms. Gringyte turned in a most accomplished account.” (Stephen Jay-Taylor, Opera Britannia, November 2012)
"The smaller roles were all well taken. Justina Gringyte (current Young Artist) was a strong Maddalena who impressed enormously in the opening ensemble, [...]" (Opera Today, July 2012)
"The accompanying cast was excellent. Promising cameos came from ...Justina Gringyte (Maddalena), the latter having to sing gamely on while her unusually impetuous Duke seemed keen on test-driving his 'bargain' right there on the tavern table." (Opera, July 2012)
"...The Lithuanian mezzo Justina Gringyte invests the small role of Flora Bervoix with uncommon clarity and vocal sweetness." (What's On Stage, January 2012)
"The small roles were all terrifically well sung, Justina Gringyte, a Jette Parker Young Artist, achieving the impossible in actually making the non-role of Flora noticeable." (The Tyro Theatre Critic, January 2012)
"The smaller roles. . .were also well sung, especially by Justina Gringyte (Flora)." (MusicalCriticism.com, January 2012)
"In Rigoletto, Justina Gringyte was quite delicious as his (Sparafucile's) slutty sister. Perez, Meli and Gringyte sang with such power, they almost drowned Domingo's voice." (Daily Express, October 2011)