Born in Lithuania, she studied singing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music (under prof. Vlada Mikštaitė, Jolanta Čiurilaitė and prof. Irena Milkevičiūtė), obtaining a MA Degree in opera and concert performance in 2001. While studying at the academy, she spent a training period at the “Mozarteum” Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria, under the tutelage of Prof. Lilian Sukis in 1999, and participated in master classes for young singers with Prof. Renatta Scotto at Music Academy Stanislaw Moniuszko, Gdansk, in 2000.
Most recent and future projects include Elvira in Ernani at Vlaarmse Opera, Turandot at the Prague National Opera, and at the Lithuanian National Opera, Senta at Klaipeda Festival and LNO, Gerhilde and Cio Cio san at Aalto Theater Essen, as well as Turandot at Latvian National Opera. Since December 2001 she has been principal soloist with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, appearing in most of the leading soprano roles on its active repertoire. In 2004 Ms. Janušaitė received the “Operos Švyturiai“ award in the category of the Opera Hope of the Year. Two years later she created a role of the Woman in the world-premiere of G. Sodeika‘s chamber opera “Winter”. 2007 she went on tour with the LNOBT to the Ravenna Festival in Italy, where she performed Sieglinde in R. Wagner’s opera “Die Walküre”. She also gave a solo concert in El Escorial (Spain) together with the LNOBT’s Orchestra conducted by Robertas Šervenikas.
Ms. Janušaitė performed successfully as guest in the UK and Italy; in 2007 she performed together with the BBC National Symphony Orchestra. The soloist sang at the Latvian National Opera (G. Puccinis s Madama Butterfly, La Boheme), Opera Theatre of Kazan (Madama Butterfly), in Holland. In 2010 S. Janušaitė performed soprano part in S. Gubaidulinas Johannes Passion.
In 2011 at Opernhaus Zürich she sang Rachel in J. F. Halevys La Juive together with tenor Neil Schikoff, as well as Odabella in Attila at Pärnu International Opera Festival. 2012-2013 the singer has been celebrated as Tatiana at the Lithuanian National Opera as well as for the parts of Desdemona, Sieglinde, Manon Lescaut, Micaela, among o thers.2013-2014 performed among others the parts of Cio Cio San, Gräfin, Jenufa, Micaela, Sieglinde at Aalto Theater Essen.
2014-2015 she sung as well the part of Rusalka in the Aalto Theater new production as well as Turandot, Leonora and Elsa. 2015-2016 returns to Essen with Rusalka and Cio Cio , and performs as well Margeritha in Boitos Mefistofele at Theater Freiburg, Contessa and Trovatores Leonora at Lithuanian oepra and Turandot at Latvian opera, among others. 2016-2017 projects include Leonora, Tosca, Cio-Cio san, Tatiana and Manon Lescaut at the Lithuanian State opera.
She also performed soprano parts in G. Verdi, W. A. Mozart and A. Dvorak “Requiem”, G. Rossinis “Stabat Mater”, A. Honeggers “Jeanne d´Arc au bûcher” (St. Marguerite), G. Mahlers Symphony No. 8 (Second Soprano), etc. During the season 2.
Her repertoire includes: Solveig (E. Grieg “Peer Gynt”), Adina (G. Donizetti “L’elisir d’amore”), Micaëla (G. Bizet “Carmen”), Donna Elvira (W. A. Mozart “Don Giovanni”) Countess Rosina Almaviva (W. A. Mozart “Le nozze di Figaro”), 2nd Lady (W. A. Mozart “Die Zauberflöte”), Rachel (J. F. Halevy “La Juive”) Woman (G. Sodeika “Winter”), Ms. Ford (O. Nicolai “Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor”), Leonora (G. Verdi “La forza del destino”) Desdemona (G. Verdi “Otello“) Voice of the Priestess (G. Verdi “Aida”), Odabella (G. Verdi “Attila”), Mimi and Musetta (G. Puccini “La Bohème”) Sister Angelica (G. Puccini “Suor Angelica”) Manon Lescaut (G. Puccini “Manon Lescaut”), Cio-Cio San (G. Puccini “Madama Butterfly”), Tatyana (P. Tchaikovsky “Eugene Onegin”), Lisa (P. Tchaikovsky “Queen of Spades”), Rusalka (Dvorak “Rusalka”), Senta (R. Wagner “Der fliegende Holländer”), Sieglinde (R. Wagner “Die Walküre”), Jenufa (Janacek “Jenufa”), The Water (R. Portman “The Little Prince”), Aldona (A. Ponchielli “I Lituani”).
Madama Butterfly Lithuanian National opera 2019
“She looked so small, so excited, moving in an absolutely girlish way. Then she started to sing. I could not believe my ears as well as my experience, that anyone, who performed “Turandot” just three weeks ago, could reach such pure and consistent high notes so effortlessly. She showed a beautiful range in the long duet scene at the end of the first act, her voice matching tenor perfectly. They blended in a song of love, never interrupting or overcoming each other.“
Jenufa Aalto Theater 2014
“Sandra Janusaite als Jenufa durchlebt, durchleidet ihr Schicksal mit Haut und Haar, exemplarisch in ihrem großen Monolog nach ihrem Aufwachen aus jenem Schlaf, den ihr die Küsterin mit einem narkotisierenden Trank beschert hat, um das Baby ertränken zu können.”