Zalgirio Arena has prepared a gift for fans of classical music – locals and city guests of Kaunas have yet another great event to add to their lists.
One of the most well-known sopranos worldwide, winner of the Best Singer nomination in 2019 International Opera Awards, Asmik Grigorian and swedish baritone Karl-Magnus Fredriksson will perform in Zalgirio Arena.
“We are very happy that our and Asmik’s plans aligned, and she found a slot for a concert in Zalgirio Arena in her packed schedule. To be honest, this event has been in the plans for a long time but because of restrictions, letting this event happen this year is not possible. But next year it should definitely take place, we’ll take care so the concert can be enjoyed in a safe and enjoyable environment,” said representatives of Zalgirio Arena.
The soloist will be accompanied by Grammy and various international classical music awards nominees – Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra is conducted by USA-born, Music Director of the New York City Opera, Maestro Constantine Orbelian.
Asmik Grigorian will also appear together on stage with swedish baritone Karl-Magnus Fredriksson. K.M. Fredriksson has worked with the Royal Opera in Stockholm since 1999 where his roles include Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Marcello (La Bohème), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), The Unknown (Hans Gefors’ Christina), Fritz/Pierrot (Die tote Stadt), the title role in Eugene Onegin, Count Luna (Il Trovatore), Germont (La Traviata), Absalom (Sven-David Sandstrom ́s Bathsheba), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Jason (Daniel Börtz’ Medea), Renato (Un ballo in maschera) and the title role in Rigoletto (2018).
His guest appearances include Marcello (La Bohème) in the New National Theatre in Tokyo. Karl-Magnus Fredriksson has performed with many of the foremost conductors in the world such as Sir Colin Davies, Andrew Davies, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Frans Brüggen, Alan Gilbert, Jesús López-Cobos, Sakari Oramo, Herbert Blomstedt, Leif Segerstam, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Andrew Manze, Lawrence Renes and with several of the major orchestras.
He is a frequent guest in many European countries singing opera and Lieder concerts, orchestral songs and sacred works. His long lasting collaboration with the famous Swedish conductors Eric Ericson and Gustaf Sjökvist has rendered recordings and concerts of contemporary music and a long tradition of live performances and CD-recordings of the most well-known sacred works by J S Bach and G F Handel.