"...soprano Vakarė Petroliūnaitė's lovely voice soothed and soared..."
- Northwest Reverb
"...Ms. Petroliūnaitė sang like an angel..."
- Oregon Arts Watch
Praised for her “wonderful sensitivity” and “sparkling tone”, Vakarė Petroliūnaitė is an acclaimed soprano whose credits include a wide range of classical singing, including oratorio, symphonic music, recital, opera, and studio recording. Whether as a soloist or chorister, she has performed repertoire across the spectrum. From Hildegard to Mozart to Ešenvalds, Vakarė has distinguished herself with her clear, engaging voice and intelligent artistry, bringing vibrant interpretations to all her performances.
A highly sought-after recitalist, Vakarė’s repertoire includes Bach’s Solo Cantatas 32 (Liebster Jesu), 51 (Jauchtzet Gott), and 202 (Weichet nur), as well as Arvo Pärt’s Passio Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s “other” Gloria (RV 588), Handel’s Ode to St. Cecilia, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Brahm’s Ein Deutches Requiem.
A lover of collaboration and choral music, Vakarė has appeared as a soloist and collaborator with Resonance Ensemble, Cappella Romana, Fear No Music, 45th Parallel, Vancouver Symphony, Portland’s Bach Cantata Choir, Classical Revolution PDX, Cascadia Composers, The Oregon Repertory Singers, Lake Grove Presbyterian, and Dainava Lithuanian Chorale, among others. Additional appearances include performances with Astoria Music Festival, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Portland Opera Chorus, Portland Summer Opera Workshop, Divergent Opera, and Opera on Tap.
A native of Downers Grove, IL, Vakarė holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.