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2024 07 05

After the End of the Season, Marked by a Premiere in Vilnius and a Tour at the Venice Theatre Biennale, It’s Time to Get Ready for an Intense Autumn

The season closed with the premiere of “Absorptio” and the tour of the contemporary opera “Have a Good Day!” at the Venice Theatre Biennale; preparations are underway for summer events in the Lithuanian regions and the tour in France that will take place in autumn.

2024 05 31

Busy International Itineraries, Guests in Vilnius Performances, Achievements, and Behind-the-Scenes Works

In May, “Operomanija” presented the results of its activities in Rotterdam and Madrid, another vinyl record of contemporary opera was recorded, and preparations are underway for the premiere of a new work and a tour at the Venice Theatre Biennale in June.

2024 05 02

Expanding International Connections, New Contacts and Tours Abroad

In April “Operomanija” organised the first Baltic Contemporary Opera Network meeting in Vilnius, and in May the company is going to present its productions in Rotterdam and Madrid.

2024 04 08

Meeting of Baltic Contemporary Opera Network, Performances in Vilnius and Geneva

The first meeting of the Baltic Contemporary Opera Network will take place in Vilnius on 17-20 April, where creators, researchers, and producers from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and other European countries will share their countries’ contemporary music theatre innovations, news, achievements and experiences. We invite Lithuanian representatives to participate in the events, whether they wish to […]

2024 03 04

March Repertoire, Estonian Residency and Interim Competition Results

In February, Vilnius City Contemporary Music Theatre Company “Operomanija” was preoccupied with publishing and other creative works and exploration of new ideas, at the same time actively participating at the Vilnius Book Fair. In addition to interacting with visitors at the organisation’s stand in the Music Hall of the Vilnius Book Fair, we also took […]

2024 01 30

“Hippo‘s” Triumph, LP of “The Filler” and Spring Repertoire

Our year began with great news from the International Theatre Institute and organisation Music Theatre NOW, whose eponymous 6th International Contemporary Music Theatre Competition awarded the prize to the concert with a choreographic tail The Urban Tale of a Hippo (by Panayotis Kokoras, Andrius Katinas, Nanni Vapaavuori, Morta Nakaitė and Synaesthesis ensemble). The winners of […]

2023 12 30

A Glance at the Past Year and the Year Ahead

As of the end of 2023, “Operomanijaʼs” register has recorded almost 200 events that have been realised during the year. The major part of the repertoire of Vilnius City Contemporary Music Theatre Company “Operomanija” has been performed for Lithuanian audiences: not only in the capital, but also in other cities of the country, including Kaunas, […]

2023 12 22

Šiauliai State Drama Theatre and “Operomanija” invite artists to experiment

Šiauliai State Drama Theatre (ŠSDT) and Vilnius City Contemporary Music Theatre Production House “Operomanija” invite artists to submit proposals for an open call for the idea of a contemporary interdisciplinary / stage art work. The organizations intend to unite resources, competences and available connections to bring to life the ideas of artists from various fields, focused […]

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2023 12 01

Premiere of Telephone Booth Opera in Vilnius and a Good Day in Vilkaviškis

As the last month of the year begins, “Operomanija” (together with the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (LNDT) and the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (LNOBT)) invites you to the premiere of the telephone booth opera Things I Didn’t Dare to Say and It’s Too Late Now (by Kamilė Gudmonaitė, Dominykas Digimas, Barbora Šulniūtė) on […]

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2023 10 31

November Touring Routes And The Long-Awaited Premiere in December

November will be a month of touring for the works produced by “Operomanija”, with a route extending through Strasbourg (France), Huddersfield (UK) and ending in Šiauliai. November will also bring the sound recording sessions of the musical performance Sports Group for the upcoming vinyl album; rehearsals of the “Sodo 2123” choir, formed in October, will […]

2023 09 29

Performances, tours, the abyss and the garden choir

16th season of “Operomanija” that began in September is gathering momentum and our repertoire works for October will be presented in the halls and streets of Vilnius, as well as outside the capital. On 11 October, a chamber version of Arturas Bumšteinas’ sound installation-performance Olympian Machine will return to the Pocket Hall of the Arts […]

2023 08 31

Start of the Season: Back to the Halls and to the Streets

As soon as September begins, “Operomanija” actively embarks on its 16th season and invites you to return not only to the halls of theatres in Vilnius and other cities, but also to the streets, courtyards and buildings of the Old Town of the capital.

2023 06 30

“Bad Weather” Heads to Poland at the Height of Summer

Following an intense season of more than 150 events, “Operomanija” (and its audiences) is moving towards the holiday season and is ready for a short break. We wish to thank our partners for cooperation and the viewers – for their interest in contemporary music theatre! Although the local performing arts season is officially over for […]

2023 05 31

“Operomanija’s” Perpetuum Mobile Retains Momentum In The Summer: Creative Processes, Sound Recordings And New Tour Destinations

May was a busy month in terms of touring and rich in international contacts. At the beginning of the month, we made new contacts with producers and curators from France and other countries at Lithuania’s first performing arts platform, where the work produced by “Operomanija” was presented in a variety of formats. The aim of […]

2023 04 29

May Routes: Vilnius–Tel Aviv–Rotterdam–Klaipėda

In April, the repertoire of “Operomanija” was in full swing in Vilnius: opera “Have a Good Day!” was performed 4 times, while the route of the sonic experience “The Filler” at the Vilna ghetto was travelled 32 times. The May repertoire will begin with the musical pictures from the archives of Lithuanian television “Radvila Darius, […]

2023 04 04

Attention, casting!

Characters are being sought for the new contemporary opera “Things I didn’t dare to say and it’s too late now”.

2023 03 31

“Operomanija’s” Spring: International Connections, Events in Vilnius and Borisas Dauguvietis’ Earring

In mid-March, representatives of “Operomanija” attended the meeting of the Baltic Contemporary Music Network (curated by the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian Composers’ Unions) that was held in Cēsis, Latvia. During the meeting, the prospects for the development of the network were discussed, while “Operomanija” also addressed the matters associated with the new Baltic network for […]

2022 12 30

“Operomanija”: Experiences of 2022 and Plans for 2023

As the year draws to an end it is high time to summarise all that has been done and to see what is in store for the creators and fans of contemporary music theatre.

2022 08 29

8th New Opera Action: World Premieres, Guests from Abroad and Laboratory for Young Researchers

From 14th to 22nd of October, production company Operomanija invites the audiences to the 8th NOA (New Opera Action) festival. Returning to diverse venues in Vilnius after four years, the event offers continued or first-time discovery of the diverse genres of contemporary musical theatre and new opera. The 8th New Opera Action will present 8 […]

2022 08 11

Operomanija Launches an Internet Site and Opens its Archives

After 14 years of active operation, production company Operomanija launches its first Internet Site www.operomanija.lt. Formerly the organisation relied on social platforms, media and a site dedicated to New Opera Festival to promote its ongoing projects, whereas from now on it invites everyone to visit the newly launched site to follow its news and repertoire, and to browse its original “database-archive” exploring rich history of the company filled with performances, events, festivals, tours, residencies and critical reviews. All information is presented in Lithuanian and English.

2022 03 02

“Opera Genome” Project Opens to the Public and Invites to Visit the Telephone Box

Contemporary opera project “Opera Genome” jointly carried out by the production company “Operomanija” and the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre invites people to share their experiences, stories and moods, thus contributing to the creation of a new opera.

2022 02 09

Opera “Have a Good Day!” Tours in Hamburg: Composer, Director and Producer Debut as Cashiers

This year, the festival of performing arts Lessingtage (named after critic and dramatist Gotthold Ephraim Lessing) organised by Hamburg Thalia theatre took place on 20 January – 6 February. Opera Have A Good Day! by Vaiva Grainytė, Lina Lapelytė and Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė presenting stories of 10 cashiers at trade centre closed the festival at Thalia theatre on 5 and 6 of February. Tickets to both performances were sold out long before the start of the festival, however, there were other challenges the creative team faced while touring.

2021 09 12

Arturas Bumšteinas “Navigation II” presented at Haus der Kunst in Munich

Critically acclaimed noise machines are continuing their journey with a new version of Bad Weather series – “Navigation II”. Each version of Bad Weather is always slightly different, depending upon the peculiarities of the hall and overall context of the event. This time, it was presented at “Without distance” – Lithuanian culture in Bavaria very close festival.

2020 11 12

Noise Machines Bring an International Award to Sound Artist Arturas Bumšteinas

Another award in the field of Lithuanian contemporary art – recently it was announced that the performance of Baroque noise machines Navigations (from the Bad Weather series) by Arturas Bumšteinas was awarded first prize as the best piece (Open category) at the international Carapelli for Art competition organised by Carapelli Foundation. The piece competed against more than 1700 works of contemporary art presented by artists from 80 countries. However, this appreciation was followed by some unpleasant surprises that nearly led to refusal to accept the award.

2020 11 05

Sonic Experience at the Vilna Ghetto The Filler Awarded the Golden Cross of the Stage

On the 5th of November, the main award ceremony of the Lithuanian professional theatre – Golden Crosses of the Stage took place at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.

2020 10 21

The “Viewer-Friendly” Piece by Birutė Kapustinskaitė and Karolis Kaupinis is Back

A slightly ironic glance at the present, through glasses of the past – that is how one might describe the result of collaboration between dramatist Birutė Kapustinskaitė and director Karolis Kaupinis, resulting in series of musical pictures from the archives of Lithuanian Television, titled Radvila Darius, son of Vytautas. On the 21st and 22nd of October, at 7pm, this tragicomic piece, weaving a kind of “transtemporal” dialogue saturated with absurd paradoxes, will once again be shown at the culture complex Sodas 2123.

2020 08 21

Illusionary World of a Young Culinary – in New LP by Arturas Bumšteinas

Listen attentively, not casually – a reminder coming along the newly released double LP of audio performance Audiokaukas by sound artist Arturas Bumšteinas. Nostalgia for active, private and repeated listening, along with a desire to present a modern transformation of pre-1990s radio theatre tradition have led to this new musical release, reminding of the phantasmagorical time of the nineties. On Sunday, 23rd of August, at 4pm a presentation of the LP will take place at creative industries’ centre Pakrantė (Rupert), accompanied by the conversation of the author with musicologist and philosopher Edvardas Šumila.

2020 03 02

Sonic Experience The Filler Invites to Wander Around the Former Vilna Ghetto

“The Filler surely and clearly speaks about the present, not the past,” wrote theatre critic Rima Jūraitė after the beta-version of sonic experience The Filler, which took place in Autumn 2019. As the calendar spring is beginning, the renewed sonic narrative referencing the times of the Vilna Ghetto and revealing the stories of Jews who lived therein will be regularly showcased throughout March.

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