Liudas Norvaišas was born on April 27, 1960. He studied singing with Prof. Virgilijus Noreika at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and graduated in 1993. He continued his studies at the Salzburg Hochschule für Musik with Prof. R. Knoll.
In 1982 Norvaišas was invited to join the Choir of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, and in 1990, while still a student at the Academy, he became a soloist of this theatre. His first role was a Monk in Verdi’s opera Don Carlos. For productions of this theatre he prepared the following bass parts: Ulrich in V. Klova’s opera Pilėnai, Oroveso in V. Bellini’s Norma, Raimondo in G. Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Leporello in W. A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Angelotti in G. Puccini’s Tosca, Simone in the same composer’s opera Gianni Schicchi and Don Basilio in G. Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Norvaišas has created roles in the following operas by G. Verdi: Philip II and The Grand Inquisitor in the opera Don Carlos, Banquo in Macbeth, Tom in A Masked Ball, High Priest of Ball in Nabucco, Germont, Barone Douphol and Doctor Grenvil in La traviata and The Marquis of Calatrava in The Force of Destiny. He was also Daland in R. Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Professor in B. Kutavičius’ opera The Bear and Zuniga in G. Bizet’s opera Carmen. During the recent years Norvaišas has prepared the roles of a Soldier and a Nazarene in R. Strauss’ Salome, Pontius Pilot in J. S. Bach’s Passion according to John and Dr Dulcamara in G. Donizetti’s opera The Elixir of Love.
The Lithuanian Opera in Chicago
When the independence movement started in late 1980s, the LNOBT started collaborating more actively with exile artists, including the Lithuanian Opera in Chicago. Since 1991 the soloist has sung in many productions of this theatre: A. Ponchielli’s I Lituani, V. Klova’s Pilėnai, G. Verdi’s A Masked Ball, G. Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and G. Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers.
The soloist gives solo concerts as well. He has prepared bass parts of 15 major vocal symphony opuses together with the Lithuanian National and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestras and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra: opuses by W. A. Mozart, G. Verdi, A. Dvorak, J. S. Bach, L. Van Beethoven, G. Rossini, A. Honegger and other composers. In 1992 he was the first performer of the bass part in A. Šenderovas’ opus Simeni kahotam al libecha.
Norvaišas has participated in LNOBT educational projects Viva opera (homage to W. A. Mozart’s music to mark his 250th anniversary) and The Young European. These included theatralised concerts in Lithuanian schools during which he sang arias from W. A. Mozart’s operas Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and others.
The singer has been actively participating in concerts organised by the Lithuanian community in Los Angeles; he has had recitals together with pianist R. Budginas. In Los Angeles he sang G. Verdi’s Requiem, G. Rossini’s Stabat Mater, T. Dubois’ oratory Les sept paroles du Christ and others. During the Pažaislis Music Festival 2008 he performed Requiem by F. Hidas.
The soloist has toured Russia, Finland, Italy, USA, Austria, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, The Netherlands and Japan. He has participated in music festivals in Savonlina (Finland), Malmo (Sweden), Shinminato (Japan), the DomStufen Festival in Erfurt (Germany), Bregenz (Austria) and others.
In 1996 – 2000 he sang solo in theatres of Bremen and Erfurt, Germany.
Norvaišas has been teaching at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre since September 2007. He has four students in his solo singing class: Aleksandras Sapiego, Dainius Garuckas, Dmitrijus Kudrinas and Rokas Šveisteris.
Opera “Pilenai” (Ulrichas)
Opera „The Bear“ (Professor)
Simeni kahotam al libecha...
Messe in C
Messe KWV 66
Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento
Messe in G
Das Lied von der Glocke
Jeanne d’Arc au bucher
„Johannespassion“ (Pontius Pillate)
“Lucia di Lammermoor” (Raimondo)
“Don Giovanni” (Leporello)
“Cosi fan tutte” (Don Alfonso)
“Die Zauberflöte” (Sarastro, Sprecher)
“I Lituani” (Albano)
“Gianni Schicchi” (Simone)
„The Fairy Queen“ (Winter, Hymen, The drunken Poet)
“Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (Don Bazilio)
“La Cenerentola” (Alidoro)
“Don Carlos” (Philip, The Grand Inquisitor)
“La Traviata” (Germont, Barone, Dottore)
“Un ballo in maschera” (Tom)
“Der fliegende Holländer” (Daland)
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
LITHUANIAN NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Juozas Domarkas
KAUNAS STATE CHOIR
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Petras Bingelis
SERGEJ KRYLOV (violin, Italy)
ASTA KRIKŠČIŪNAITĖ (soprano)
RITA NOVIKAITĖ (mezzo-soprano)
KĘSTUTIS ALČAUSKIS (tenor)
LIUDAS NORVAIŠAS (bass)
Conductor JUOZAS DOMARKAS