Violeta Urmana

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The renowned Lithuanian opera singer Violeta Urmana is known for her dramatic interpretations of German and Italian repertoire. After singing as a mezzo-soprano, she transitioned to soprano, achieving critical acclaim. She enjoyed success after her performance as Kundry in Wagner’s Parsifal and Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlo. She regularly performs in the most prestigious opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, as well as in Festivals at Bayreuth (Germany), Salzburg (Austria), Aix-en-Provence (France) and Edinburg (United Kingdom). 

On 7 March 2016, Violeta Urmana was designated as a UNESCO Artist for Peace in recognition of her unfailing efforts to promote culture as a vehicle for dialogue and mutual understanding, as well as her dedication to issues that are in line with UNESCO’s priority on the African continent. 

In her capacity as UNESCO Artist for Peace, Violeta Urmana supports UNESCO’s efforts undertaken in Africa, in particular projects aimed at training students. She also plans to use a portion of the proceeds from her concerts to further assist with the training of students. 

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