Praised by her critics for her “wonderful sensitivity” and “sparkling tone,” Vakarė Petroliūnaitė is an extraordinary talent living and performing in the Pacific Northwest. Her clear, engaging voice and intelligent artistry bring vibrant interpretations to any stage.
Vakarė has distinguished herself on concert stages throughout the United States, appearing as concert soloist with Westminster’s Art Song Festival, Princeton Sinfonia and Jazz Ensemble, The Princeton Musical Amateur Society, Resonance Ensemble, the Portland Vocal Consort, the Bach Cantata Choir, and Oregon Repertory Singers, among others.
She is especially proud to be a founding member of the brother-sister folk duo, Amber Coast. Vakarė’s past performances include the US premiere of Erkis Essenvalds’ “Passion and Resurrection” as soprano soloist with Oregon Repertory Singers, as well as a performance of JS Bach’s Wedding Cantata (BWV 202) for soprano soloist. Other roles include Soeur Alice (Dialogues des Carmelites), Fiametta (The Gondoliers), Papagena (Die Zauberflote), and several appearances with Opera Theater Oregon.
A native of Chicago, Vakarė holds her Master’s degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Vakarė currently studies in the vocal studio of Nancy Olson-Chatalas. Vakarė lives today in Portland, Oregon, with her beloved, David, who she married with both of her bare feet on the Oregon Coast.