Lithuania laments the loss of its finest tenor

March 4, 2018 by norman lebrecht

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OperaNostalgia reports the death of Virgilijus Noreika, Lithuania’s foremost tenor of the second half of the 20th century.

After six years in the ensemble of the national opera in Vilnius, he became a regular at La Scala, singing Pinkerton, Cavaradossi, Otello and many other leading roles.

He was a favourite at the Bolshoi and a regular in Paris. In 2015, he was awarded Russia’s Pushkin medal.

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