Tuesday, December 1, 2015

WAGNER Opera arias

"Evgeny Nikitin delivered such soaring, charismatic, legati at this point that you might almost have believed his promise to renounce evil. He is precisely what the role and the opera needs: physically, vocally, a complete star." Edward Seckerson, The Independent

Under the direction of Christian Arming celebrated bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin interprets some of his favourite Wagnerian roles. These selected pieces highlight the extent of the vocal possibilities that this Russian singer, a pillar of the Mariinsky Theatre, has delivered since his debut as a student, under Valery Gergiev, and that regularly triumph at the Met, the Paris Opera and in Munich.
Release date: 16th Oct 2015

Nikitin hails from Murmansk, in the very north of Russia. His first love was to compose, sing and play drums and guitar in heavy metal bands, but his vocal gift has taken him in a very different direction. He was accepted at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1992 and was soon combining his studies with his first solo engagements at the famed Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev’s direction.

It wasn’t long before he was invited to major theatres and festivals through Europe, the Americas and Asia. 2002 marked his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 'War and Peace'. Return invitations to New York include Colline, Pogner, Fasolt, Orest, Wanderer, Rangoni [Boris Godunov] and Klingsor. Recent engagements include 'Der fliegende Holländer' and Filipo, 'Don Carlo' in Baden Baden, 'Der Fliegende Holländer' in Toronto, Paris, Leipzig, Munich and Tokyo; Amfortas in Berlin and Valencia, Don Pizzaro in Valencia, Jochannen in Zurich, Telramund Amsterdam, Scarpia in Chicago and Boris Godunov in an acclaimed production at the Mariinsky.

He sings regularly at the Mariinsky theatre and at the ‘Stars of the White Nights Festival’ performing his favourite roles, Boris, Philip II, Holländer, Amfortas, Wotan /Das Rheingold, Wanderer, Don Giovanni… Upcoming highlights include his Vienna Staatsoper debut in 'Fidelio' and his debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam.

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture
Die Frist ist um (from Der fliegende Holländer)
Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3
Erhebe dich, Genossin meiner Schmach! (from Lohengrin)
Michaela Schuster (mezzo-soprano, Ortrud)
Wie Todesahnung...O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)
Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March
Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind! (from Die Walküre)

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