He has appeared in the greatest roles in the bass repertoire such as Ruslan (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Konchak (Prince Igor), Pimen (Boris Godunov), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Philippe II (Don Carlos), Mephistopheles (Faust), and King Marke (Tristan und Isolde). He has sung at the Opéra National de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala (Milan), Covent Garden and the Bavarian State Opera, as well as the Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence and Verbier festivals and the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall. He grew up in St Petersburg and studied singing at the famous Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, not far from the Mariinsky Theatre. He owes his debut in Berlin to Daniel Barenboim, who asked him to play Hunding in Die Walküre at the Staatsoper. Now aged 42, he is invited to perform with the greatest conductors on the greatest operatic stages. Whether he is playing Mephistopheles in Faust, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Heinrich in Lohengrin, or Hagen in Götterdämmerung, the artist wins over his audience, recalling the great Russian basses who have made their mark on the operatic repertoire. He invites us to discover a few gems penned by two of the greatest Russian composers of the second half of the 19th century.