Opera Soloists / Basses

Vladas Bagdonas

 

In 1974 Mr. Bagdonas graduated from the Stasys Šimkus Music School in Klaipėda, later acquired two specialities at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre - that of a Chorus Master (1983, class of prof. P. Gylys) and Opera Soloist (1999, class of prof. E. Kaniava). He made his debut at the LNOBT in 1991, and has been the soloist with the company since 1992, creating almost 40 roles here. 

In 1990 he became a laureate of International Competition in Latvia and 1992 in Czech.

He has an extensive concert repertoire of chamber pieces, oratorios and masses from Č. Sasnauskas, G. Verdi, R. Schumann, J. Kačinskas, G. Rossini, V. Bellini, J. Haydn, J. S. Bach, L. van Beethoven, F. Schubert , E. Chalmey  etc. Mr. Bagdonas has recorded a CD that includes diverse repertoire, ranging from opera, folk songs, original songs to romances and popular songs.

From 1996 to 2010 V. Bagdonas was teaching the art of vocal performance at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Mr. Bagdonas is often collaborating with State choir "Vilnius", performing solo parts during the concerts of this collective. Vladas Bagdonas has performed in Germany, Denmark, Holland, Spain, Czech, Poland, United Kingdom and other countries.

Repertoire includes:
Angelotti, Sciarrone, Prison guard (G. Puccini "Tosca“) 

Pharaoh (G. Verdi "Aida“) 
The Grand Inquisitor (G. Verdi "Don Carlos“) 
Robert, Tom, Bob (B. Britten "Let's Play an Opera!“) 
Luther, Krespel (J. Offenbach "The Tales of Hoffmann“) 
Wagner (Ch. Gounod "Faust“) 
Marquiz, Doctor (G. Verdi "La Traviata“) 
Father Carlo (J. Gaižauskas "Burattino“) 
Mazetto (W. A. Mozart "Don Giovanni“) 
Tom (G. Verdi "Un ballo in maschera“) 
Masalskis (B. Dvarionas "Dalia“)
Cappadocian (R. Strauss "Salome“) 
Pritschitsch (F. Lehar "Die lustige Witwe“)
Count Ceprano (G. Verdi "Rigoletto“)
Bartolo (G. Rossini "Il barbiere di Siviglia“) 
Osmin (W. A. Mozart "The Abduction from the Seraglio“)
Narumov, Surin (P.Čaikovskio "The Queen of Spades")
Ruggero (J. F. Halevy "La Juive”) 
Cuno (C. M. von Weber "Der Freischutz“)
Betto (G. Puccini "Gianni Shicchi“) 
Banco, Doctor (G. Verdi "Macbeth“)
Alminas (V. Klova "Pilėnai“)
King, Baobab, Hunter  (R. Portman "The Little Prince“)
Alfonso (W. A. Mozart "Cosi fan tutte“)
Teiresijo ( I. Stravinskis "Oedipus Rex“)
Moony the Moon (J. Tamulionis "The Tiny Lingonberry“)
Doctor Bartolo, Antonio (W. A. Mozart "Le nozze di Figaro“),
Nobleman of Brabant (R. Wagner Lohemgrin")etc. 

 

 



Vytautas Bakula


The opera soloist Vytautas Bakula made his entrance into the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in 1982 upon graduating from the then Lithuanian State Conservatoire in the solo singing class under Prof. Zenonas Paulauskas. In 1979, he was awarded a diploma at the Alfred Kalnin International Competition of Vocalists in Riga.

In 1980, at the International Competition of Vocalists in Minsk he was ranked number three. Within 18 years of his creative work V. Bakula has created about 50 roles in opera productions. He participated in Savonlinna (Finland) and Busetto per Verdi (Italy) opera festivals, was on tour in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus, and sang in the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, the Warsaw National Opera, the Maryriinski Theatre in St. Petersburg, etc.

V. Bakula was born on November 12, 1951 in Kudirkos Naumiestis; at nineteen he finished the Smalininkai Agricultural Technical School, and after the service in the army, in 1973-76, he studied at the Agricultural Academy. Prof. Zenonas Paulauskas noticed a young man with a sonorous voice at the competition “Sidabriniai balsai” (Silver Voices) in 1976, where V. Bakula performed an Italian aria, as a matter of fact, in the original language, and advised him to become professionally interested in singing.

V. Bakula made his debut at the Opera and Ballet Theatre with the part of Pimen. Of great help to the beginning singer were pieces of advice, given by the director Rimantas Siparis, conductors Rimas Geniušas and Vytautas Viržonis, a collaborative support of Virgilijus Noreika. His cooperation with Maestro Jonas Aleksa was creative and fruitful. However, his “role of life” – Mephistopheles that the soloist created even in three productions of the theatre V. Bakula started preparing already in the then State Conservatoire opera studio with the assistance of the experienced stage “lions”, brilliant teachers R. Siparis and R. Geniušas. In the same studio while preparing the role of Figaro he worked also with Vlada Mikštaitė that had a gift of explaining perfectly the ABC of a singer – actor.

V. Bakula, in addition to singing at the theatre, also had the opportunity to sing on TV (an LTV film “Dalia”). The singer also left his own trace on the concert stage – he prepared the works of major forms by W. A. Mozart, J. Haydn, J. S. Bach, G. F. Händel, and L. Van Beethoven, performed quite a number of songs, romances, vocal cycles, never forgetting the works by Lithuanian composers.

 

Repertoire includes:
Mephistopheles (Ch. Gounod “Faust”)
Lindorf, Coppelius, Miracle, Dapertutto (J. Offenbach “Les Contes d’Hoffmann”)
Caspar, Eremit, Samiel (C. M. von Weber “Der Freischütz”)
Rocko (L. van Beethoven “Fidelio”)
Figaro, Bartolo (W. A. Mozart “Le Nozze di Figaro”)
Colas (W. A. Mozart “Bastien und Bastienne”)
Don Bartolo (G. Rossini “Il barbiere di Siviglia”)
Norton (G. Rossini “La cambiale di matrimonio”)
Oroveso (V. Bellini “Norma”)
Pharaoh, Ramfis (G. Verdi “Aida”)
Zaccaria, Great Priest (G. Verdi “Nabucco”)
Banquo (G. Verdi “Macbeth”)
Ferrando (G. Verdi “Il Trovatore”)
Lodovico (G. Verdi “Othello”)
Monterone, Ceprano (G. Verdi “Rigoletto”)
Doctor, Baron Douphol (G. Verdi “La Traviata”)
Deputy, Monk (G. Verdi “Don Carlos”)
Bonzo (G. Puccini “Madama Butterfly”)
Sacristian, Angelotti (G. Puccini “Tosca”)
Colline (G. Puccini “La Boheme”)
Simon (G. Puccini “Gianni Schicchi”)
Raimondo (G. Donizetti “Lucia di Lammermoor”)
Pimen, Varlaam (M. Mussorgsky “Boris Godunov”)
Gremin (P. Tschaikovsky “Eugene Onegin”)
Zuniga (G. Bizet “Carmen”)
Csupan (J. Strauss “Zigeunerbaron”)
Kagler (J. Strauss “Wiener Blut”)
Viltenis (A. Ponchieli “I Lituani”)
Krivis (J. Karnavičius “Gražina”)
Masalskis (B. Dvarionas “Dalia”)
Ulrichas, Potikas, Alminas (V. Klova “Pilėnai”)
Kristijonas (A. Bražinskas “Kristijonas”)
Carabass (J. Gaižauskas “Burattino”)
Freken Bock (V. Telksnys “The Little One”),
Gremin (P. Tchaikovsky „Eugene Onegin")
Frank (J. Strauss „Die Fledermaus")
The King's Herald (R. Wagner "Lohengrin") etc. 

 



Egidijus Dauskurdis


Having studied singing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music with Vytautas Juozapaitis, he made his debut at the LNOBT as the Priest in Kurt Weill's "The Seven Deadly Sins" in 2001. With the opera sudio of the Lithuanian Academy of Music he sang Figaro in Mozart’s "Le nozze di Figaro" and the King in Prokofiev’s "Love for Three Oranges". He joined the LNOBT as a principal soloist in 2003. Along with regular appearances at the LNOBT, his engagements included Falstaff in Otto Nicolai's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and Sparafucile in Verdi's "Rigoletto" at the Klaipėda Music Theatre.

He is the prizewinner of the Stasys Baras Singers' Competition (2002). in 2005 he also received the "Operos Švyturiai" Award as Opera Hope of the Year. 

Egidijus Dauskurdis also performs chamber and large-scale symphonic works, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Joseph Haydn’s St. Nicholas Mass, Franz Schubert’s Mass in C major, Stanislaw Moniuszko’s Litanies II and III from Litanie Ostrobramskie, etc. His record credits include a CD of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem released in Šiauliai.

In 2004, he participated in Opera Island summer academy in Kristiansand (Norway), where he sang Dr. Grenvil in Verdi’s "La Traviata" under direction of Jonathan Miller and conductor Marc Soustrot.

Egidijus Dauskurdis toured the UK, sang the part of Leporello in "Don Giovanni" at the Nottingham Opera Theatre (LNOBT's Tour).  

Repertoire includes:
Figaro (W. A. Mozart  "Le nozze di Figaro“) 
King (S. Prokofyev "Love for Three Oranges“)
Count Tiesenhaus (B. Dvarionas "Dalia“) 
The Elder, Surgeon (G. Verdi "La forza del destino“) 
Bass (J. S. Bach "Johannespassion“) 
Surin (P.Čaikovskij "Queen of Spades“) 
Leporello (W. A. Mozart |Don Giovanni“) 
Samuel (G. Verdi  "Un ballo in maschera“) 
Sparafucile (G. Verdi  "Rigoletto“) 
Daland (R. Wagner "Der fliegende Hollander“) 
Zuniga (G. Bizet "Carmen“)  
Falstaff (O. Nicolai "The Merry Wives of Windsor“)
Doctor (G. Verdi "La Traviata“)
Bonza (G. Puccini "Madama Butterfly“)
Sarastro (W. A. Mozart "The Magic Flute“) 
Varlaam (M. Mussorgsky "Boris Godunov“) 
Smirnov (W. Walton "The Bear“)
Jew, Nazarene (R.Strauss "Salome“) 
Dulcamara (G.Donizetti "L'elisir d'amore“) 
Hunding (R.Wagner "The Valkyrie“)
Lodoviko (G. Verdi "Otello“)
Martin, Bear Keeper, Inquisitor, Doctor, Judge, Tsar Ivan (L. Bernstein "Candide"), 
Gremin (P. Tchaikovsky „Eugene Onegin")
Frank (J. Strauss „Die Fledermaus") etc. 
 

 

  



Liudas Norvaišas


Liudas Norvaišas was born in 1960. In 1993 he graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music (class of Prof. Virgilijus Noreika). Later he continued his vocal training in Hochschule für Musik in Salzburg (class of Prof. R. Knoll).

However, L. Norvaišas began his career on the stage much earlier. Already in 1982 he began to sing in the choir of the Lithuanian National Opera in Vilnius. From 1990 he became a soloist of this same theatre. He also sings in the Bremen Opera and Erfurt Opera Theatre in Germany.

The soloist constantly performs on the concert stage too. He collaborates with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, etc.

Liudas Norvaišas has tours in Russia, Finland, Italy, USA, Austria, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Japan, etc. He participated in festivals in Savonlinna (Finland), Malmo, Shinminato (Japan), „Domstufen” Festspiele in Erfurt (Germany), Bregenz (Austria) etc.

Since 2007 he has been teaching at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Repertoire includes:
Ulrich (V. Klova "Pilėnai“) 

Oroveso (V. Bellini "Norma“) 
Raimondo (G. Donizetti "Lucia di Lammermoor“) 
Leporello (W. A. Mozart "Don Giovanni“) 
Figaro (W. A. Mozart "Le nozze di Figaro“) 
Angelotti (G. Puccini "Tosca“) 
Don Basilio (G. Rossini "Il barbiere di Siviglia“) 
Philip II and the Grand Inquisitor (G. Verdi "Don Carlos“) 
Banco (G. Verdi "Macbeth“) 
Tom (G. Verdi "Un ballo in maschera“) 
Zaccaria (G. Verdi "Nabucco“) 
Barone Douphol and Doctor (G. Verdi "La Traviata“) 
The Marquis of Calatrava (G. Verdi "La forza del destino“) 
Monterone (G. Verdi "Rigoletto“)
Albano (A. Ponchielli "I lituani“)
Pimen (M. Mussorgsky "Boris Godunov“)
Masalskis (B. Dvarionas "Dalia“)
Daland (R. Wagner "Der fliegende Hollander“) 
Professor (B. Kutavičius "The Bear“) 
Eskamillo and Zuniga (G. Bizet "Carmen“) 
Soldier and Nazarene (R. Strauss "Salome“) 
Pilot (J. S. Bach "Johannespassion“) 
Spook of the Forest (J. Tamulionis "The Tiny Lingonberry“)
Lodovico (G. Verdi "Otello“)
Cardinal of Brogni (J. F. Halevy "La Juive“)
Junkman, Inquisitor, Judge, Hermann Augustus, Ragotsky (L. Bernstein "Candide"),
Gremin (P. Tchaikovsky „Eugene Onegin") etc. 




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