Evgeny Nikitin was born in Murmansk in 1973 and entered the Saint Petersburg conservatory in 1992. Aged 23, he becomes a soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre. Invitations now take him to sing in major theatres and festivals through Europe, the United States and Japan. 2002 marked his debut at the Metropolitan Opera House as Dolokhov (War and Peace). His returns to New York include Colline (La Bohème), Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg) and Fasolt (Das Rheingold). This season he returns there to sing Oreste (Elektra).
He made his Parisian debut at the Theatre du Châtelet in the title role of Rubinstein’s The Demon and he returned in 2005 to sing the title role in Boris Godunov. Recent engagements at the Paris National Opera include Jochanaan, (Salome), Klingsor (Parsifal) and the title role of Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero at the Paris Opera; Der Fliegende Hollaender in Baden Baden (Gergiev), Leipzig, Fasolt at ‘Le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence’ (Rattle); The Wanderer at the BBC Proms (Eschenbach); Amfortas (Parsifal) in Valencia (Maazel). He made his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich in 2008 as Jochanaan and returned there as Klingsor and for a new production of Lohengrin. Recent concert performances include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Seoul (Chung), Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death (Eschenbach), Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the LSO and Rubinstein’s The Demon at the Barbican.
He maintains his relationship with the Mariinsky theatre sings the leading bass-baritone there roles including Boris Godunov, Prince Igor, Ruslan, Filippo (Don Carlo), Prince Igor, the title role of Der Fliegender Hollander, Amfortas (Parsifal) Wotan (Das Rheingold), The Wanderer (Siegfried).
This season Evgeny Nikitin sings appears with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington for performances of Verdi’s Requiem and Der Fliegende Hollander in Toronto and New Orleans as well as Pogner, Die Meistersinger in Cincinatti.
Evgeny Nikitin has recorded Rangoni (Boris Godunov) and Remeniuk (Semyon Kotko) both for Philips Classics and has recently recorded Amfortas, Parsifal for future release with the Mariinsky Theatre.
Con Valery Gergiev