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Vocalist Jolanta Strikaite’s repertoire and activities cover an extensive range, including Baroque, Romantic music, works by contemporary composers, musicals, Disney cartoon character voiceovers, and a role in a theatre production.

Jolanta’s first opera roles are associated with the opera studio Figaro and the Dominante festival, including Lolita (Jānis Kalniņš’ Lolita’s Wonderbird), Leonora (Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner), titular role in Respighi’s Saint Mary of Egypt (the production was nominated for Latvia’s Grand Music Award 2013).

Jolanta has sung the solo in vocal symphonic music performances with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Liepāja SO, orchestra Rīga, choir Latvija, Latvian Radio Choir, Riga chamber choir Ave Sol. She has performed, among other works, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Tavener’s Ikon of Eros, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St John Passion, Imants Kalniņš’ oratorio The Poet and the Mermaid.

Jolanta has sung the roles of Adele (Die Fledermaus), Barbarina (The Marriage of Figaro), and Pamina (The Little Magic Flute with music by Mozart) at the Latvian National Opera, as well as Valencienne in the Latvian Operetta Foundation revival of The Merry Widow.

Additionally, the vocalist enjoys performing contemporary music, including Oliver Leith’s opera Unknown Unknown (2018) and works by Latvian composers. Latvian composers Kārlis Lācis (symphony Via Crucis, solo songs) and Jēkabs Nīmanis (oratorio The Water Tower of Pārdaugava, theatre production Persian Language Lessons) have written works specifically for Jolanta’s voice. Jolanta has recorded new works by contemporary Latvian composers in the CD Līdzenuma balss (Voice of the Plain) with organist Kristīne Adamaite and saxophone player Artis Sīmanis.

Jolanta has studied vocal music at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music with Anita Garanča, Kristīne Gailīte, and Andžella Goba.