Rusnė Tušlaitė

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Rusnė Tušlaitė is a Lithuanian Soprano praised for her ‘effortless vocals and understated stage presence’ (Ham&High). She is the Royal Academy of Music Alumna (First-Class Bachelor of Music degree with Honours) and the Royal Opera House Emerging Artist at their Youth Council Steering Group sessions in 2021. 

 

Rusne made her Lithuanian National Opera debut at the age of seventeen as a winner of the television contest ‘Dainu dainele 2016’. Her recent operatic engagements include the roles of Countess (Hampstead Garden Opera) and Susanna (Royal Academy of Music Opera Scenes) in Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’, Tiresias in Geoffrey King’s world premiere of ‘Cantata Superba’ (Audentia Ensemble) and Manola in Massenet’s ‘Cherubin’ (Royal Academy Opera). She has previously participated as the chorus in Tchaikovsky’s ‘Iolanta’, Ravel’s ‘L'Enfant et les Sortilèges’ with the Royal Academy Opera and is looking forward to debuting at the Glyndebourne Opera House as part of the Festival Chorus in the new productions of Smyth’s ‘The Wreckers’.

 

Rusne won numerous national and international singing competitions in Lithuania as well as received the Arthur Burcher Memorial Prize, the Toni V Fell Prize and was commended in the Historical Women Composer Prize in the UK. In 2018 Rusne was representing the Royal Academy of Music at the 25th Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for young singers competition as one of the sixteen top singers across the UK conservatoires.

 

Rusne is also a member of the prestigious Philharmonia Chorus Student Scheme as well as a Choral Scholar at the St Margaret's Putney. Through the years she had toured and performed Faure's 'Requiem', Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and 'Dixit Dominus', Bach's chorale op.8 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland', Mahler’s Symphonies No. 2, 3 and 8 and Schoenberg’s ‘Gurrelieder’ at multiple concert venues in France and the United Kingdom such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the King George Hall, the Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle and the Grand Théatre Amiens. She had a chance to work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Orchestre National de Lille and conductors Sian Edwards, Maxim Emelyanychev, Jakub Hrůsa, Ludwig Wicki, Alexandre Bloch, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Anthony Legge, Predrag Gosta and Thomas Payne.

 

Rusne has actively performed and taken part in masterclasses and festivals in Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Austria and France. Some of the most well known include the Welsh International Academy of Voice's Summer programme (Cardiff, Wales), the Mozarteum University Summer Academy (Salzburg, Austria), the St Denis Festival (Paris, France), the British Youth Opera Summer festivals (London, England).