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Elina Shimkus - Soprano

“The best performance – vocally and dramatically. Petite, but full of energy. Musical, with beautiful and flexible voice.”

(G. F. Handel’s opera "Acis and Galatea", Krakow Opera Festival, Poland 30.06.2011.)

Gazeta Wyborcza - Kraków, 06.07.2011.


Latvian soprano Elina Shimkus has a Masters degree in performing arts from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo (prof. Barbro Marklund).  In Latvia she has studied with Margarita Gruzdeva and has a Bachelor degree in opera performance from the Latvian Music Academy.  

Elina is a prizewinner of the VII Klaudi Taev International Singing Competition for Young Opera Singers in Estonia and at the moment she is a guest soloist with the Estonian National Opera, where she debuted as Michaela in ”Carmen” by G.Bizet in March 2012 and as Violetta in ”La traviata” by G.Verdi in May 2012. In Latvia, she sang the role of Atalanta in ”Xerxes” by G.F. Handel with the Early Music Festival and has sung the role of Lisa in ”La Sonnambula” by V.Bellini with the Sigulda Opera Music Festival. In July 2011, Elina debuted at the Krakow Opera Festival with Damon’s role in ”Acis and Galatea” by G.F. Handel.

This year, Elina will debut as Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “The Tsar’s Bride” in Pärnu and Tallinn, as well as Aminta in W.A. Mozart’s opera “Il re pastore” at the Rennes Opera in France.

Elina Shimkus has performed together with many orchestras, including the Oslo Symphony Orchestra, the Estonian National Opera Orchestra, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Rīga, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and Collegium Musicum Rīga, as well as with the conductors Andress Mustonen, Risto Joost, Jan Ola Amundsen, Jury Alperten, Arvo Volmer, Māris Kupčs, Andris Veismanis, Andris Poga, Aleksandrs Viļumanis and many others. Elina has been a soloist in music festivals in Valencia, Kiev, Düsseldorf, Oslo, Riga, Trondheim, Stavanger, Tartu and Tallinn.

She has performed several premieres in Latvia and the Baltic States, such as Vivaldi’s “Introduzione e Gloria”, Sir Paul McCartney’s ”Ecce cor meum”, John Rutter’s ”Requiem” and ”Gloria”. Her oratorio roles include performances of several of Bach’s cantatas and the “St.Johannes-Passion”, Handel’s ”Alexander’s Fiest” and „Messiah”, Mozart’s “Groβe Messe”, Orff’s „Carmina Burana”, and Rossini’s “Stabat Mater”.