In 1997, he completed his studies at the A.V. Sveshnikov Choir College as chorus director (Boris Lyashko’s class), in 2001, he graduated from the Russian Academy of Choral Art and in 2004 he completed his postgraduate studies at the Academy (Dmitry Vdovin’s class). He polished up his vocal techniques and operatic skills attending master-classes held by renowned specialists from La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera and the Houston Grand Opera (2002-2004). Since 2003, he has been a Novaya Opera Company soloist.
Shchelkalov (Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov)
Title role (Eugene Onegin)
Zurga (Bizet's Les Pecheurs de perles)
Papageno (Die Zauberflote)
Georges Germont (La Traviata)
Robert (Tchaikovsky's Iolanta)
Silvio (Leoncavallo's Pagliacci)
Belcore (Donizetti's L’Elisir d’amore)
Prince Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades)
Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (Prokofiev's War and Peace)
and also the baritone part in the Orff’s cantata Carmina Burana.
He took part in a performance of Sergei Taneyev’s cantata At the Reading of a Psalm, accompanied by the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Pletnyov (2004). With the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Spivakov, he participated in performances of Rachmaninov’s Spring cantata at the Rheingau and Colmar Music Festivals. In 2006, he sang Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov) at La Theatre de la Monnaie (Brussels), and then Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) at the Teatro Liceo (Barcelona). In 2007, he sang Robert (Iolanta) at Les Musicales du Luberon Classical Music Festival (Marseilles) and took part in the Mariynsky Theatre Opera Company tour to USA (Metropolitan Opera), performing the role of Andrei Bolkonsky (War and Peace). In 2008, he sang Eugene Onegin at the Mariynsky Theatre and Belcore at the Mikhailovsky Theatre (Saint-Petersburg).
His discography includes recordings of Russian folk songs arranged by A. K. Lyadov and D. D. Shostakovich, Georgy Dmitriev’s The Testament of Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (conductor Viktor Popov, Boheme Records, 1999) and Old Russian Legends (conductor Viktor Popov, Boheme Records, 2000).
He was an award winner at the Francisco Vinas International Singing Contest (1st prize and audience’s sympathies’ prize; Barcelona, 2005), at Operalia (Madrid, 2005), Placido Domingo’s World Opera Contest (1st prize) and also at the Shizuoka International Opera Competition (Japan, 2005, 1st prize).