Winner of 2009 Operalia Competition, Kostas Smoriginas makes his San Francisco Opera debut in a role he sings with Washington National Opera later this season. The Lithuanian bass-baritone is a former member of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden’s Jette Parker Young Artist Programme and has made several appearances with that company, including Colline (La Bohème), Angelotti (Tosca), Marquis d’Obigny (La Traviata), a Journalist (Lulu), a Mandarin (Turndot), Bello (La Fanciulla del West), and in productions of Don Carlos and Lohengrin. His other engagements this season include Yeletsky and Tomsky (The Queen of Spades) in Tel Aviv and Escamillo (Carmen) at Berlin’s Linden Opera. Smoriginas studied at the Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy from an early age. After moving to London in 2005 and representing his country in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, he spent two years at the Royal College of Music, appearing as Araspe (Tolemeo) and Seneca (L'Incoronazione di Poppea).