Vakare Petroliunaite, soprano. Praised by her critics for her, “wonderful sensitivity”, and “sparkling tone”, Vakare is an extraordinary talent living and performing in the Pacific Northwest. Her clear, engaging voice and intelligent artistry bring vibrant interpretations to any stage.
Vakare’s most recent engagements include appearing as Miss Jessel in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw as part of the Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival. Vakare has distinguished herself on concert stages throughout the United States, appearing as concert soloist with The Cascadia Composers, The Oregon Repertory Singers, The Bach Cantata Choir, Portland Symphonic Choir, Resonance ensemble, The Ensemble, The Portland Vocal Consort, Westminster's Art Song Festival, Princeton Sinfonia and Jazz Ensemble, and The Princeton Musical Amateur Society, among others.
Besides her solo work, Vakare is a member of The Julians, an a cappella female quartet who is selling out shows all over Portland. She is especially proud to be a founding member of the brother-sister folk duo, Amber Coast. Vakare performs regularly with Portland-based ensemble, Cappella Romana, and looks forward to traveling to San Francisco and New York with them in their upcoming season.
Other roles include Soeur Alice (Dialogues des Carmelites), Fiametta (The Gondoliers), Papagena (Die Zauberflote), and appearances with Opera Theater Oregon.
A native of Chicago, IL, Vakare holds her Master's degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. She studies in the vocal studio of acclaimed soprano and pedagogue Nancy Olson-Chatalas.