Irena Zelenkauskaitė studied singing at the Vilnius’ J. Tallat-Kelpša Music School (currently Vilnius Conservatory) and at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (A. Kiselienė’s class).
In 1992 she became a soloist with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 1998 she won the “Kristoforas” Prize, given by the Lithuanian Theatre Association. In 2006 she was bestowed an “Operos Švyturiai” Award as the Best Female Opera Soloist of the Year, and a year later received the “Golden Cross of the Stage” Award for her role of Cio-Cio San in G. Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”.
Ms. Zelenkauskaitė is singing soprano parts in oratorio pieces written by L. van Beethoven, B. Britten, C. Orff, G. B. Pergolesi, F. Poulenc and others. She has performed together with such orchestras as Lithuanian National Symphony, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony, conductors Juozas Domarkas, Jonas Aleksa, Saulius Sondeckis, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Justus Franz, Juri Bashmet, Vytautas Viržonis, Rimas Geniušas, Julius Geniušas, Martynas Staškus, Vytautas Lukočius, Modestas Pitrėnas, David Parry and others.
Her voice can also be heard on the CD recording of B. Kutavičius’ opera “Lokys”, conducted by Martynas Staškus. The CD was released by “Ondine” (Finland).
Ms. Zelenkauskaitė performed in Holland, Germany, Savonlinna Opera Festival (Finland), USA, Bulgaria, UK and elsewhere.
Violetta (G. Verdi “La Traviata”)
Gilda (G. Verdi “Rigoletto”)
Pepi (J. Strauss “Wiener Blut”)
Rovena (B. Britten “Let’s Make an Opera”)
Lucia (G. Donizetti “Lucia di Lammermoor”)
Gretel (E. Humperdinck “Hansel and Gretel”)
Monica (G. C. Menotti “The Medium”)
Thibault and Voice from Heaven (G. verdi “Don Carlos”)
Blonde (W. A. Mozart “The Abduction from the Seraglio”)
Fiordiligi (W. A. Mozart “Cosi fan tutte”)
Carlotta (A. L. Weber “The Phantom of the Opera”)
Aennchen (C. M. von Weber “Der Freischütz”)
Anna (G. Verdi “Nabucco”)
Voice of the High Priestess (G. Verdi “Aida”)
Olympia (J. Offenbach “Les contes d’Hoffmann”)
Lauretta (G. Puccini “Gianni Schicchi”)
Oscaro (G. Verdi “Un ballo in maschera”)
Donna Elvira (W. A. Mozart “Don Giovanni”)
Julija (B. Kutavičius “Lokys”)
Valencienne (F. Lehar “Die lustige Witwe”)
Cio-Cio San (G. Puccini “Madama Butterfly”)
Frasquita (G. Bizet “Carmen”)
Adele (J. Strauss „Die Fledermaus”), etc.