Liudas Norvaišas (bass)

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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.
Performing activities
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.
Concert activities
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. 
Educational activities
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.

Lithuanian Composers

Vytautas Klova

Opera “Pilenai” (Ulrichas)

Bronius Kutavičius

Opera „The Bear“ (Professor)

Anatolijus Šenderovas

Simeni kahotam al libecha...

Oratorios Cantatas Mass

Johann Sebastian Bach

Messe h-moll

Ludwig van Beethoven

Messa Solemnis

Antonio Caldara

Dies irae

Antonin Dvorak


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Messe in C

Messe KWV 66

Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento

Gioachino Rossini

Stabat Mater

Camille Saint-Saëns

Messe in G

Giuseppe Verdi


Vocal Orchestral Works

Ludwig van Beethoven

IX symphonie

Max Bruch

Das Lied von der Glocke

Arthur Honegger

Jeanne d’Arc au bucher


Johann Sebastian Bach

„Johannespassion“ (Pontius Pillate)

Vincenzo Bellini

“Norma” (Oroveso)

Gaetano Donizetti

“Lucia di Lammermoor” (Raimondo)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Don Giovanni” (Leporello)

“Cosi fan tutte” (Don Alfonso)

“Die Zauberflöte” (Sarastro, Sprecher)

Modest Mussorgsky

Boris Godunov

Amilcare Poncielli

“I Lituani” (Albano)

Giacomo Puccini

“Gianni Schicchi” (Simone)

Henry Purcell

„The Fairy Queen“ (Winter, Hymen, The drunken Poet)

Gioachino Rossini

“Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (Don Bazilio)

“La Cenerentola” (Alidoro)

Richard Strauss


Giuseppe Verdi

“Don Carlos” (Philip, The Grand Inquisitor)

“Macbeth” (Banco)

“La Traviata”  (Germont,  Barone, Dottore)

“Un ballo in maschera” (Tom)

Richard Wagner

“Der fliegende Holländer” (Daland)

Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, 18 September 2010


Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64


Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125


Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Juozas Domarkas


Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Petras Bingelis


SERGEJ KRYLOV (violin, Italy)


RITA NOVIKAITĖ (mezzo-soprano)