Graduated from the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music (Yevgeny Belov’s class) in 1993. He was a soloist with Moscow’s Novaya Opera Company (1990-96), Nice Opera (1994-96), and with Royal Danish Opera (1996-99).
Since 2001, he has been appearing at the Bolshoi Theatre.
His Bolshoi repertoire includes:
Count Vaudemont (Iolanta)
Lensky (Eugene Onegin)
Maurice (Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur)
Andrei (Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa)
Riccardo (Un Ballo in Mascherа)
Anatole Kuragin (Prokofiev’s War and Peace)
Don Jose (Carmen)
Prince Yuri (The Enchantress)
The Pretender (Boris Godunov)
the tenor part in Verdi’s Requiem
His repertoire also includes:
The Simpleton (Boris Godunov)
Alfredo (La Traviata)
Vladimir Igorevich (Borodin’s Prince Igor)
The Prince (Dargomyzhsky’s Rusalka)
The Duke (Rigoletto)
Jacopo (I due Foscari)
Rodolfo (Luisa Miller)
Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni)
Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Leicester (Maria Stuarda)
Levko (Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night)
Lykov (The Tsar’s Bride)
Andrei (Tchaikovsky’s Oprichnik)
Sinodal (Rubinshtein’s The Demon)
Young Gypsy (Rakhmaninov’s Aleko)
Albert (Rakhmaninov’s The Miserly Knight)
Paolo (Rakhmaninov’s Francesca da Rimini)
Fisherman (Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol)
Zinovy Borisovich (The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk)
Vakula (Tchaikovsky’s The Slippers)
Don Antonio (Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery)
the tenor parts in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Rakhmaninov’s The Bells.
He tours in Europe and the USA: Wexford Festival Opera (1995, Levko in May Night), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Zinovy Borisovich in The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, conductor James Conlon, director Lev Dodin), Paris National Opera (2002, 2005, the Simpleton in Boris Godunov; 2005, Chekalinsky in The Queen of Spades, director Gennady Rozhdestvensky, director Lev Dodin), Deutsche Oper Berlin (2001, Alfredo in La Traviata; 2002, Lensky in Eugene Onegin), Berlin State Opera (2003, Macduff in Macbeth), La Scala (2005, Vakula in The Slippers, conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, director Yuri Alexandrov; 2006, Lensky, conductor Vladimir Jurowski, director Graham Vick).
He has appeared at opera houses in Cagliari (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2002, Andrei in The Oprichnik; 2008, Lensky in Eugene Onegin), Bologna, Geneva, San Francisco (2003, Zinovy Borisovich in The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk; 2008, the Pretender in Boris Godunov), Houston, Tel-Aviv (New Israeli Opera), Lisbon (Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, Venice (La Fenice), Palermo (Teatro Massimo).
In 2006, he sang the Pretender at Brussels’ Theatre de la Monnaie (conductor Kazushi Ono, director Klaus Michael Gruber), Alfredo at the Polish National Opera and Don Antonio in Betrothal in a Monastery at the Glyndebourne Festival. In the same year, he took part in a performance of Rakhmaninov’s The Bells at the Royal Alvert Hall in London (London Philharmonic, conductor Vladimir Jurowski).
In 2007, he sang the Pretender at Teatro Real (Madrid) and appeared with Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra directed by Vladimir Jurowski in Milan.
In 2008, he performed Don Antonio in Betrothal in a Monastery at the the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (Valencia) and the Prince in Rusalka in Cologne (Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Mikhail Jurowski).
In 2009, he sang Andrei (Mazeppa) at the Opera Ireland, took part in a performance of Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht/The First Walpurgis Night in Pamplona and Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Lisbon.
In 2010 he appeared at the Savonlinna Opera Festival as Jose (Carmen).
Recent engagements have included Sergei in Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk with the New Israeli Opera (2010-11), Radames in Aida at the Cologne Opera, Lensky in Eugene Onegin with Los Angeles Opera, Verdi Requiem with the Noord Nederlandse Orkest, Rachmaninov’s Songs for Tenor and Orchestra with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (2011); Don José in Carmen with the Teatro Bellini Catania, Don Alvaro in La Forza del Destino at the Cologne Opera (2012); Prince Vasiliy Golitsin in Khovanshchina at Paris National Opera (2013).
He has CD and DVD recordings.