Virgilijus Noreika graduated from the Lithuanian Conservatory (now the Academy of Music and Theatre in Lithuania) in Vilnius
in 1958 in the class of Kipras Petrauskas.
He studied interpretation of Russian vocal music under V. V. Barsova in Moscow in 1959.
He became a soloist at the
National Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Vilnius in 1957. 1965/66 he underwent training at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan,
and was subsequently invited to perform Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at La Scala.
At the Bolshoj, Noreika performed the leading
roles in eight operas (more than 50 performances from 1964 to 2009); he toured Paris, Milan, Prague, Berlin and Brno, among
During an extensive
period of time, Noreika sang the leading in roles Rigoletto. La bohème, Tosca
and Madama Butterfly at the Berlin Staatsoper unter den Linden.
Virgilijus Noreika also gave more than 800 recitals, and well into the 2000s.
His repertory included: Lenskij, Vladimir Igorevich, Duca, Almaviva, Rodolfo, Otello,
Volodja Gavrilov (Ne tolko ljubov/Not only love by Shchedrin),
Tadas (Paklydę paukščiai/Strayed birds by Vytautas Laurušas), Skudutis (Dalia by Balys Dvarionas),
Prince (L'amour des trois oranges), Alfredo, José, Werther, Andryus (Duktė/Daughter by Vytautas Klova).
Noreika started teaching in 1976 at the Lithuanian Conservatory. Among his
students, the following tenors stand out: Sergej Larin, Algirdas Janutas and Edgaras Montvidas.
For two years, Noreika taught at the Latin American Academy
of Singing in Caracas (Venezuela), and he spent five years in Estonia as a tutor for opera soloists at the Opera and Ballet
Theatre in Tallinn, and as chief of the department of solo singing of the Estonian Academy of Music. Noreika was director of
the Opera Studio at the Vilnius opera theater from 2003.
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