Evgeny Nikitin was born in Murmansk and studied voice at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. He then joined the company of the Mariinsky Theatre during which time he participated in several tours of Europe and the United States. He made his house debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 2002 singing the role of Dolokhov (War and Peace). He later returned there to sing Colline (La Bohème), Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Fasolt (Das Rheingold), Oreste (Elektra), Rangoni (Boris Godunov), and Klingsor (Parsifal). He appeared at the Théâtre du Châtelet in the title role of Rubinstein’s The Demon in 2003 and returned there for his role debut as Boris Godunov in 2005. At the Paris Opera, he has sung the roles of Jochanaan (Salomé), Klingsor (Parsifal), the Prisoner (Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero), Tomsky (The Queen of Spades), Gunther (Götterdämmerung), Oreste (Elektra), and Varlaam (Boris Godunov). He has been making regular guest appearances at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich since 2008 (Jochanaan, Klingsor, Telramund in Lohengrin, Ruprecht in The Fiery Angel, the Dutchman in Der Fliegende Holländer). During the 2015-2016 season, he made his house debut at the Vienna Staatsoper (Pizzaro in Fidelio) and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (Telramund). He is frequently invited to the Mariinsky Theatre and the Stars of the White Nights Festival in Saint Petersburg. More recently, he sang Jochanaan, Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Scarpia (Tosca), Wotan (Die Walküre), Gunther, Amfortas (Parsifal), Telramund, Chakloviti, Rangoni, the Dutchman, Ruprecht and the title roles in Boris Godounov, Prince Igor, Attila and Don Giovanni, at the Mariinsky Theatre. He also sang the role of Ibn Hakia (Iolanta) and Klingsor at the Philharmonie in Paris, Gunther at the Metropolitan Opera, Telramund at the Vienna Staatsoper, and Wotan at the Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux. Evgeny Nikitin also performs in concert with a repertoire that includes Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, and Verdi’s Requiem. He has twice recorded the role of Amfortas—under the direction of Valery Gergiev and Marek Janowski. His other recordings include Rangoni (Boris Godunov) and Remeniuk (Semyon Kotko) for Philips Classics as well as a CD devoted to Wagner on the Naïve label (Wagner Opera Arias).
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