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Grodnikaite Liora, mezzo-soprano
Was born in Lithuania. She was a member of several young artists programs including the Minnesota Opera, Gerdine Young Artists with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera North, New Hampshire and the Jette Parker Young Artists Program of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. At the ROH she performed Curra in La forza del destino (Verdi), Flosshilde in Das Rheingold (Wagner), Flora in La traviata, Dorotea in Stiffelio (Verdi), Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Puccini), Maddalena in Rigoletto, Emilia in Otello (Verdi), Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten), Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Siébel in Faust (Gounod), Mercédès in Carmen (Bizet) and other roles. Other opera roles performed include the title role in Cendrillon (Massenet) for Chelsea Opera Group in London, Leonora in La favorite (Donizetti), Varvara in Káť'a Kabanová (Janacek) for Lyric Opera of Chicago. She also performs regularly in concerts with many international leading orchestras.