RUSNE TUSLAITE is a Lithuanian Soprano praised for her ‘effortless vocals and understated stage presence’ (Ham&High). She is the Royal Academy of Music Alumna (First-Class Bachelor of Music degree with Honours) and the Royal Opera House Emerging Artist at their Youth Council Steering Group sessions in 2021. She is currently studying with Professors Raymond Connell and Anthony Legge.
Rusne made her Lithuanian National Opera debut at the age of seventeen as a winner of the television contest ‘Dainu dainele 2016’. Her recent operatic engagements include the roles of Countess (Hampstead Garden Opera) and Susanna (Royal Academy of Music Opera Scenes) in Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’, Tiresias in Geoffrey King’s world premiere of ‘Cantata Superba’ (Audentia Ensemble) and Manola in Massenet’s ‘Cherubin’ (Royal Academy Opera). She has previously participated as the chorus in Tchaikovsky’s ‘Iolanta’, Ravel’s ‘L'Enfant et les Sortilèges’ with the Royal Academy Opera and is looking forward to debuting at the Glyndebourne Opera House and the Welsh National Opera in 2022.
Rusne won numerous national and international singing competitions in Lithuania as well as received the Arthur Burcher Memorial Prize, the Toni V Fell Prize and was commended in the Historical Women Composer Prize in the UK. In 2018 Rusne was representing the Royal Academy of Music at the 25th Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for young singers competition as one of the sixteen top singers across the UK conservatoires.
Rusne is also a member of the prestigious Philharmonia Chorus Student Scheme as well as a Choral Scholar at the St Margaret's Putney. Through the years she had toured and performed Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Faure's 'Requiem', Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and 'Dixit Dominus', Bach's chorale op.8 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland', Mahler’s Symphonies No. 2, 3 and 8 and Schoenberg’s ‘Gurrelieder’ at multiple concert venues in France and the United Kingdom such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the King George Hall, the Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle and the Grand Théatre Amiens. She had a chance to work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Orchestre National de Lille and conductors Sian Edwards, Maxim Emelyanychev, Jakub Hrůsa, Ludwig Wicki, Alexandre Bloch, Esa-Pekka Salonen, James Shearman, Predrag Gosta and Thomas Payne.
Rusne has actively performed and taken part in masterclasses and festivals in Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Austria and France. Some of the most well known include the Welsh International Academy of Voice's Summer programme (Cardiff, Wales), the Mozarteum University Summer Academy (Salzburg, Austria), the St Denis Festival (Paris, France), the British Youth Opera Summer festivals (London, England).
Rusne is generously supported by the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, the Clemence Charitable Trust, the Carr-Ellison Family Charitable Trust and Olgarhythm.
Rusne has previously worked with legendary singers such as Nuccia Focile, Michèle Crider, Dennis O’Neill, Della Jones, Jack Li Vigni and Anna Netrebko’s singing teacher Tamara Dimitrijevna Novicenko. She has also worked with vocal coaches Marek Ruszczynski, Lionel Friend, Iain Ledingham, Michael Dussek, James Baillieu, Janis Kelly, Lucy Crowe, Helmut Deutsch, Maya Soltan, Lucie Spickova, Jean Rigby, Keval Shah, Peter Robinson, Valeria Racco, Philip Sunderland, Rosemary Joshua, Tanya Harrison, Julian Smith, Jane Samuel, Katrin Lehismets and Julia Lynch; language coaches Nicole Tibbels, Daniele Guerra, Florence Daguerre de Hureaux, Francesca Orlando, Johanna Mayr, Richard Stokes, Isabella Radcliffe, Elke Renner, Jacqueline Pischorn, Pierre - Maurice Barlier, Jolanda Pupillo, Micheline Heyse and Dr Ron Morris; and directors Sophie Gilpin, Victoria Newlyn, David Antrobus, William Kerley, Rodula Gaitanou, Oliver Platt, Adam Torrence, James Hurley and Julia Mintzer.