Krišjānis Norvelis graduated from Prof. Gurijs Antipovs’ class at the Department of Vocal Arts of the Latvian Academy of Music (1998) and earned his master’s degree in Prof. Anita Garanča’s class (2007). In 1999 Krišjānis Norvelis won the Grand Prix at the Jāzeps Vītols International Vocal Competition in Riga. He was a recipient of the Herbert von Karayan Scholarship with an internship opportunity at the Vienna State Opera (1998/1999), as well as a winner of Aldaris International Annual Award (2002).
Since 1997 Krišjānis Norvelis has been a soloist with the Latvian National Opera making his stage debut as Monterone, in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Krišjānis Norvelis’ wide range of roles includes many colourful bass parts, however, his most notable include Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Dr. Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Prince Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Bartolo in Rossini’s Il barbieri di Siviglia, Banco in Verdi’s Macbeth, Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust and Daland in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer. In 2018 he debuted in the title role in Donizetti’s comedic opera Don Pasquale to great acclaim.
Krišjānis Norvelis regularly takes part in concert performances, gala concerts, as well as large scale choral symphony performances both in Latvia and internationally. He has taken part in festivals and productions in Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Japan and elsewhere.