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Oratorio “13“

2022 February 11: 19:00


Oratorio 13

Composer – Ēriks Ešenvalds
Libreto – Arnas Ališauskas
Director – Leokadija Dabužinskaitė
Conductor – dr. Egidijus Kaveckas
Set designer – Gintaras Makarevičius
Choreographers – Leokadija Dabužinskaitė and Aušra Krasauskaitė
Costume designer – Olga Filatova-Kontrimienė
Projection artist – Vaclovas Nevčesauskas



Vladas Bagdonas / Vytautas Rumšas
Teodoras Lipčius
Osvaldas Petraška / Saulius Vasiliauskis
Rasa Serra
Jovita Vaškevičiūtė / Aistė Benkauskaitė

Performers of the string orchestra and chamber group of classical instruments participate.

“And your voices are heard
And one single word: “L I V E “. (A. Ališauskas)

13 – magical, frightening and shrouded in mysticism. It is a number that has once brought death and rebirth, a struggle between good and darkness. With 13 a transformation is experienced when the end of everything becomes a new beginning.
The ensemble “Lietuva” presents the premiere – oratorio “13”, intended to give meaning to the important night of 1991 and to honor those for whom they are free today.
The author of the oratorio is the famous Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, who has won the Latvian Grand Music Award three times. His works are performed by such world-famous ensembles as the Boston, Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, American choirs and many others.
The oratorio “13” is emotionally seductive – like a different book of history, revealing the events of that time through the family experience. It tells the eyes of a child, mother and father, their respective states and sensitive inner experiences. How does a small child feel when he sees death and the bonfires burning right here?
The new oratorio will reflect on text, music and modern choreography uncharacteristic of this genre, which for some would mean a return to the night of January 13th, for others a deeper understanding of what Vilnius, Lithuania and its people really lived at that time. The works of the oratorio are connected by common emotional themes, and the family experiences are enhanced by the voices of the narrators V. Bagdonas and V. Rumšas, the motifs of Lithuanian folk songs, shouts, prayers and hymns. For the first time, the “Lietuva” and “Vilnius choirs” are joining forces, and their common mass scenes will sound most suggestive.


The patron – Kazickai Family Foundation
Premiere – 2022, January 14 At the National Kaunas Drama Theater.

The door opens 45 minutes before the event
Event duration: ~ 1 hour. Without a break
Children up to and including 6 years old are admitted free of charge (provide proof of age at the event)

Organizer – State Song and Dance Ensemble “Lietuva”
Information tel. +370 69989895




2022 February 11


Big Hall
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