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Mikhail Petrenko


Mikhail Petrenko was born in St Petersburg and graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in the class of Professor Minzhilkiev. While still a student he was invited to join the Mariinsky Academy of young Singers. He made his debut at the Mariinsky Theatre in Prokofiev’s opera Semyon Kotko, and since 1998 has been a soloist with the Opera Company.

Mikhail Petrenko has become a prize-winner at such prestigious international vocal competitions as Operalia, the Rimsky-Korsakov Competition, the Elena Obraztsova Competition, he also was awarded a diploma at the Maria Callas Competition Nuove voci per Verdi in Parma.

The start of Mikhail Petrenko’s international career came with his debut at the Berliner Staatsoper as Hunding (Die Walküre) in 2004 under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Since then, Mikhail Petrenko has been invited to the world’s leading opera houses and prestigious opera festivals.

He regularly collaborates with top conductors including Vladimir Jurowski, Charles Dutoit, Myung-whun Chung, Daniel Harding, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Simon Rattle, Jonathan Nott, Marc Minkowski, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Arming, Christoph Eschenbach, Yannick Nezet-Seguin. His operatic roles include King Heinrich in Lohengrin, Hunding in Die Walküre, Hagen in Götterdämmerung, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro among others.

Engagements this season and beyond include Boris Godunov (title role) in Geneva, Leporello Don Giovanni at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and Orest Elektra at the Metropolitan Opera. Concert engagements include Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 with the Dresden Philharmonie and Bayerischer Runfunk Munich under Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Bluebeard’s Castle at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Roles he has performed at the Mariinsky Theatre include: 
Ruslan (Ruslan and Lyudmila
Ivan the Terrible (The Maid of Pskov
Malyuta Skuratov (The Tsar’s Bride
Boris Godunov, Pimen (Boris Godunov
Prince Ivan Khovansky (Khovanshchina
Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin
Konchak (Prince Igor
Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky, Marshal Davout (War and Peace
Remeniuk (Semyon Kotko
Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro
Leporello (Don Giovanni
Bass (stage version of Verdi's Requiem) 
King of Egypt, Ramfis (Aida
Lodovico (Otello
Philip II (Don Carlo
Banco (Macbeth
Sparafucile (Rigoletto
Jacopo Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra
King Heinrich (Lohengrin
King Marke (Tristan und Isolde
Fafner (Das Rheingold, Siegfried
Hunding (Die Walküre
Hagen (Götterdämmerung
Orest (Elektra
Méphistophélès (Faust
Abimélech (Samson et Dalila
Faust (La damnation de Faust)

Concert repertoire of the singer is incredibly vast. He performs works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Rossini, Dvořák, Janáček, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Prokofiev.

His many recordings include Die Walküre conducted by Gergiev released on the Mariinsky Label and Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin released on Deutsche Grammophon. He added a recording of Rachmaninov’s The Bells with the Berliner Philarmoniker to his discography conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, released on EMI and also features as Leporello in the film version of Don Giovanni, (Kasper Holten’s Juan).

In November 2011, Mikhail Petrenko performed the role of Ruslan (Ruslan and Lyudmila) at the reopening of Moscow’s historical Bolshoi Theatre.


Main Stage 1 Teatralnaya ploschad (1 Theatre Square), Moscow, Russia
New Stage Bol'shaya Dmitrovka Street, 4/2, Moscow, Russia
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