Nida Grigalaviciute, a native of Klaipeda, Lithuania, has over 10 years experience as a Lithuanian operatic and recording artist. Her samples are carefully housed in the Lithuanian National Archives located in Vilnius. Throughout her professional career in Lithuanian, Ms. Grigalaviciute rigorously prepared three new operas annually and performed seven or eight on stage. Ms. Grigalaviciute is also an international operatic singer who has been nominated for awards and has performed regularly in several major European opera houses. Ms. Grigalaviciute brought her talent to Israel before making her American debut in the Chicagoland area in 1998.
She has worked with such renowned directors as N.Petrokas and Eligijus Domarkas, and performed with outstanding conductors such as Juozas Domarkas, Dante Anzollini, Saulius Sondeckis, and Stasys Domarkas. She has had leading roles in Klaipeda Music Theatre, Vilnius Opera House and J.S. Morton H.S. Chodl Auditorium in Cicero, IL. She has also sung at Warsaw Chamber Opera House in Poland and the Liepaja Latvian Society House in Latvia, and the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall.
Her recording career includes a solo CD with piano in 2004 entitled: Nida Grigalaviciute.
Ms. Grigalaviciute was born on April 22, 1967 to a family of modest means and strong roots in the outlying rural communities surrounding Klaipeda. Her mother had a beautiful soprano voice and her father a commanding one as well, but she did not come from a musical family as her parents did not have the opportunity or education to properly hone their talents. At her mother's urging both of their daughters were given the opportunity to pursue their talents in music and dance. At the age of 5 Ms. Grigalaviciute began the disciplined task of learning piano. Her gifts led her to an acceptance to Klaipeda's Music School No. 2. In 1985 she graduated the local school and began her studies at the prestigious Lithuanian Conservatoire. Ms. Grigalaviciute continued her vocal training there with V. Vadokliene (in docent), where she focused on vocal technique and music interpretation. After five years of intensive study and practice Ms. Grigalaviciute graduated in 1990. She was granted a teaching certificate and Bachelors Degree in Chorus Conducting.
The hard work paid off when in that same year Ms. Grigalaviciute began her professional career at the Klaipeda Music Theatre as a chorister and later as a soloist. After several successful years and three nationally acclaimed nominations Ms. Grigalaviciute arrived in the United States in 1998 to perform in her first North American production. She now resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and daughter and enjoys performing lead roles in operatic productions, singing in personal concert productions, performing as a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Company in Chicago, Illinois, and teaching piano and voice lessons to aspiring students of all ages.