The Lithuanian mezzo-soprano / contralto Jovita Vaska (born Jovita Vaskeviciute), completed a Master in opera studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (prof. Sigutė Stonytė’s class) and was subsequently trained at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Opera studio by prof. V. Noreika and V. Viržonis. In 2000 she won the 2nd Prize at the Zenonas Paulauskas’ Young Singers Competition.
Jovita Vaska made her debut at the LNOBT in 2006 as Ulrica in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera. The same year Jovita Vaska was awarded an “Operos Švyturiai” Award in the category “Opera Hope of the Year", for her role of Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, directed by Anthony Minghella.
Meanwhile she has frequently sung in various theaters in Estonia, Latvia and in her own country in several production at the Klaipėda Musical Theatre, collaborating with Lithuanian National Symphony and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestras. Her concert repertoire includes Mahler’s 8th Symphony the Requiems by Verdi, Duruflé and Dvorak next to many other works. She also participated in many events organized by the Lithuanian Musicians Aid Foundation and appeared at the Gaida Festival.
From Giuseppe Verdi to Peter Eötvös and John Adams
The character of Dominga in Péter Eötvös’ opera Love and Other Demons has been the role that brought incredible success to Jovita Vaska and launched her career elsewhere in Europe.
When Love and Other Demons is presented in Cologne in 2010, the composer himself invites Jovita to sing the role of Dominga in the premiere series. In the autumn of that same year Dominga enables her to make also her debut at the Strasbourg Opera House, Opéra national du Rhin. The first two premieres (Strasbourg and Mulhouse) were conducted by Peter Eötvös himself, who claimed "Jovita Vaska is the best Dominga I know".
The Strasbourg Opera House reinvited her in 2014, to perform the role of Pasqualita in John Adams‘ opera Doctor Atomic. The same year she appeared as well at the Macao Festival (China) on tour with the Latvian National Opera. Subsequently she was invited to sing six performances of Amneris in Aida at the Opera House of Cologne and to take part in a large series concerts with Verdi's Requiem.
In 2015 Jovita Vaska made her debut at the Teatro de la Maestranza(Spain) again with the role of Pasqualita. The same year she was nominated for the Golden Cross of the Stage awards for her interpretations of Azucena in Il trovatore (Verdi), Countess / Marquisin Cornet (Narbutaite) and for Die Mutter in Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck).
Meanwhile Jovita Vaska has sung under the baton of conductors such as Patrick Davin, Francis Bollon, Will Humburg, Ralf Sochaczewsky, Liü Jia, Peter Eötvös, Paul Mägi and Christian Schumann.
She was directed by Arnaud Bernard, Lucinda Childs, Antony Minghella , Mara Kimele, Silviu Purcarete, Mariusz Trelinsky, Vasily Barkhatov, Dmitiry Bertman, Dalia Ibelhauptaite, Johannes Ehrath, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Virgilius Noreika, Clemens Bechtel ...