After initial studies at Lithuania’s Academy of Music and Theatre, Justina Gringyte joined the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and London’s National Opera Studio. She is a former Samling Scholar and was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons.
For the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, her roles have included Flora (La traviata), Third Nymph (Rusalka), Maddalena (Rigoletto) in the Placido Domingo Gala, Third Innocent (Minotaur), Albina (La donna del lago), Maddalena (Il viaggio a Reims), and Suzy (La rondine). Additionally, she covered Fenena (Nabucco), Flosshilde (Rheingold/Götterdämmerung), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Meg Page (Falstaff) and La Marchesa Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims).
In 2013/14, Justina returns to the Royal Opera House as Flowermaiden in Parsifal and makes house debuts with English National Opera as Maddalena (Rigoletto) in a new production by Christopher Alden, and with Welsh National Opera as Fenena (Nabucco). The production will be also be presented at the Savonlinna Festival. She will return to the Royal Opera House in 2014/15 as Maddalena (Rigoletto).
"... exceptionally fine singing from Barry Banks as the Duke, Peter Rose as Sparafucile, and Justina Gringyte as Maddalena." (Michael Church, The Independent, February 2014)
"Justine Gringyte, a Lithuanian mezzo based in London, brings his sister Maddalena an exhilarating, East European ripeness that’s a joy to hear." (Michael White, The New York Times, February 2014)
"The vampish Maddalena of Justina Gringyte… was fabulous, her ripe mezzo the perfect foil for Christy’s soprano in the quartet." (Mark Pullinger, Opera Britannia, February 2014)
"Top of the list for commitment and artistry has to be Justina Gringyte who took on a taxing passage as Giovanna Seymour. What was special about this cameo was Miss Gringyte's willingness to take artistic risks. What she produced was a very finely crafted interpretation of the role which pushed her to the outer edges of her musical and vocal limits. It is very exciting to see this level of commitment in a young artist and Miss Gringyte is lucky too to be blessed with natural elegance and poise which gives her portrayal dignity in the midst of suffering. This is a dramatic mezzo with a lot of power and a distinct edge to her tone which enables her to carry with relative ease over Donizetti's orchestra." (Opera Britannia, July 2013)
"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)