Leonid Bomshteyn (Vilensky)
Born in Leningrad (today Saint Petersburg). In 1996, he completed his studies at the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music (teachers — K. Lisovsky, N. Shilnikova). He then worked with The Helikon-Opera Company and The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre.
Since 1998, he has been soloist with the Bolshoi Theatre.
His Bolshoi Theatre repertoire includes the following, among other, parts:
Astrologer (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel)
Simpleton (Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov)
Triquet (Eugene Onegin)
Ovlur (Borodin’s Prince Igor)
Luigino (Paisiello’s La Molinara)
Gaston (La Traviata)
Bomelius (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride)
Drunken Cossack (Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa)
Jacob Glock (Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel)
Goro (Madama Butterfly)
Monostatos (Die Zauberfloete)
Monsieur de Boesset, Lieutenant Bonnet (Prokofiev’s War and Peace)
Took part in the Wexford Opera Festival (1996, Rodolfo in La Boheme) and the Turin Settembre musica 2000 Festival (Stravinsky’s Renard).
In 2000-2002 and in 2005, participated in the Paris National Opera productions of War and Peace, The Queen of Spades, Khovanshchina and also in the Opera Monte-Carlo production of Iolanta.
In 2003, appeared as Tebaldo in the new production of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Opera de Montpellier and Astrologer (The Golden Cockerel) in Opera de Toulouse.
In 2004, performed the role of Nose in Shostakovich’s The Nose with Bard Festival, USA (conductor Leon Botstein, director Francesca Zambello).
In 2006, in Jerusalem took part in a performance of Shostakovich’s From Jewish Folk Poetry cycle (Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, conductor Leon Botstein).
In 2007, sang Mephistopheles in The Fiery Angel at La Theatre de la Monnaie (Brussels, conductor Kazushi Ono, director Richard Jones).
In 2008, he sang the part of Shabby Peasant (The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (conductor James Conlon, director Lev Dodin).
In 2011, he sang the part of the Nose (Shostakovich’s The Nose) at the Opernhaus Zürich (conductor Ingo Metzmacher, director Peter Stein).
Rakhmaninov’s The Bells, conductor Valery Polyansky, Chandos, 1999.
Prokofiev’s War and Peace, conductor Gary Bertini, director Francesca Zambello, TDK — Opera de Paris (DVD).
Shostakovich’s The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk,conductor James Conlon, director Lev Dodin, ArtHaus Music — Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (DVD).
In 2009, he won 1st prize at the Musica Classica International Competition.
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