Vladimiras Prudnikovas, a real legend of the Lithuanian music scene, one of the country's greatest basses, a professor of vocal studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, joins the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and a star lineup of guest artists for a special anniversary concert of opera highlights under the baton of maestro Gintaras Rinkevičius.
Maestro Prudnikovas began his music career in the Ąžuoliukas Boys' and Youth Choir at the invitation of the choir's founder and music director Hermann Perelstein. Upon his graduation from the then Lithuanian State Conservatoire in 1979, he was invited to join the Lithuanian National Opera company. In 1981, he became a laureate at the Maria Callas Voice Competition in Athens, but it was his performance of Boris in Mussorgsky Boris Godunov that set him on the path to fame and brought him to the stages of the Théâtre des Champs Elysées Paris and major houses in St. Petersburg, New York, Italy and Japan. Regular guest performances in France, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Germany, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, the USA, Japan as well as participation in a great variety of international music festivals followed.
Vladimiras Prudnikovas has sung over 80 major roles and as many parts in oratorios and cantatas. His most memorable performances include the role of Mephistopheles in Gounod Faust, King Philip II in Verdi Don Carlos, Boris Godunov and Pimen in Mussorgsky Boris Godunov, to name but a few.
A professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and since 1992, Head of the Vocal Studies Department, Vladimiras Prudnikovas is also beloved teacher. In 1996, he was awarded with the 3rd Class Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas and in 1997, with the Lithuanian National Prize.