Born in Russia, Roman Shulakov is a graduate of the Gnessin Academy of Moscow. In 2001, he was awarded first prize in the Bella Voce International Competition for young singers in Moscow, third prize at the Belvedere International Competition in Vienna in 2007 and first prize as well as the Audience Prize at the Second Strasbourg International Competition in 2008. He made his operatic debut in 2003 in the role of Lenski (Eugene Onegin) at the New Moscow Opera, followed by that of Tamino at the Bolshoi Theatre (Magic Flute) in 2005. He has sung Chouiski in Boris Godounov, Bayan and Finn in Rousslan and Ludmilla, Alfredo in La Traviata, Macduff in Macbeth, Likov in The Tsar’s Bride, Pang in Turandot, Nemorino in The Élixir of Love, Sinodal in The Demon by Rubinstein and the role of the tenor in the Requiem by Verdi. Since 2008 he has been regularly invited to perform at the Stuttgart Staatsoper where he has sung the roles of Lenski, Alfredo, Pelléas and the Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues des Carmelites). In 2009, he sang Alfredo at the Groningen Festival and took part in a gala concert given in memory of Luciano Pavarotti at the Lincoln Centre in New York. In 2010, he sang Don José (Carmen) in Toulon. He has performed the role of Lenski at the Bolshoi Theatre, in Riga, at the Paris Opera (in a production directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov), in Tokyo, Beijing and Stuttgart, at the Metropolitan Opera of New York and at La Scala Milan. He has also sung the roles of Andres in Tcherniakov’s production of Wozzeck at the Bolshoi Theatre (DVD released by Bel Air Classique), Vladimir in Prince Igor directed by Yuri Liubimov (broadcast by Mezzo), Pelléas at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscou conducted by Paul Daniel, Lykov (The Tsar’s Bride) at the Lincoln Center and Macduff (Macbeth) in Toulon. In 2015, he sang the role of Gregori Otrepiev (Boris Godounov) in Karlsruhe and took part in the Prahova Classic Nights Festival (Schumann’s Dichterliebe and the Mörike Lieder by Hugo Wolf). Roman Shulakov also performs in concert and has sung the tenor role in The Bells by Rachmaninov with the National Symphony Orchestra of Estonia.
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