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Canadian bass Robert Pomakov begins his 2013/2014 season with a return to the Canadian Opera Company performing Hobson in Britten’s Peter Grimes opposite Ben Heppner led by Johannes Debus.  He then returns for his second season at the Metropolitan Opera to sing Monterone in the highly acclaimed Michael Mayer’s production of Rigoletto opposite Dmitri Hvorostovsky and as Mathieu in Nicolas Joël’s production of Andrea Chénier opposite Patricia Racette and Marcelo Álvarez. Pomakov once again takes the stage at Houston Grand Opera in Weinberg's The Passenger and as Monterone in their production of Rigoletto both under Patrick Summers. Apart from his busy operatic calendar, Pomakov will perform with the Gryphon Trio at the College of Wooster and University of Georgia. He will again perform in Houston Grand Opera’s The Passenger in the Lincoln Center Festival during the summer months as well as concerts with Artists of the Royal Conservatory. Pomakov’s 2012/2013 season included a debut with San Francisco Opera as Monterone in Rigoletto under the baton of Nicola Luisotti. He then returned to Houston Grand Opera to open the company’s season in performances of

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Canadian bass Robert Pomakov begins his 2013/2014 season with a return to the Canadian Opera Company performing Hobson in Britten’s Peter Grimes opposite Ben Heppner led by Johannes Debus.  He then returns for his second season at the Metropolitan Opera to sing Monterone in the highly acclaimed Michael Mayer’s production of Rigoletto opposite Dmitri Hvorostovsky and as Mathieu in Nicolas Joël’s production of Andrea Chénier opposite Patricia Racette and Marcelo Álvarez. Pomakov once again takes the stage at Houston Grand Opera in Weinberg's The Passenger and as Monterone in their production of Rigoletto both under Patrick Summers. Apart from his busy operatic calendar, Pomakov will perform with the Gryphon Trio at the College of Wooster and University of Georgia. He will again perform in Houston Grand Opera’s The Passenger in the Lincoln Center Festival during the summer months as well as concerts with Artists of the Royal Conservatory.

Pomakov’s 2012/2013 season included a debut with San Francisco Opera as Monterone in Rigoletto under the baton of Nicola Luisotti. He then returned to Houston Grand Opera to open the company’s season in performances of Benoit in a new production of La Bohème as well as Haly in a new production of L'italiana in Algeri. Pomakov made his house debut at the Metropolitan Opera where he sang Monterone in the Michael Mayer’s new staging of Rigoletto in a production that was seen live in high definition in cinemas around the world. In concert, Mr. Pomakov was the bass soloist in performances of Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, and Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières. He performed Handel’s Messiah with both the North Carolina and Phoenix Symphonies and sang with the Calgary Philharmonic in performances of the Verdi Requiem. Pomakov also kept an active festival schedule performing the Verdi Requiem in the Elora Festival and his first König Heinrich in a concert version of Wagner’s Lohengrin with Le Festival de Lanaudière conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Highlights of past seasons include performances with the Canadian Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, among others.  Notable appearances include his Washington Opera debut as Leporello in Don Giovanni in a new production conducted by Plácido Domingo, his debut at the Teatro Real as Nikitich in Boris Godunov conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos and opposite Samuel Ramey, a repeat of Varlaam for his debut at the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, the role of the Chamberlain in a  new production of Le Rossignol by visionary director Robert Lepage in a co-production with the Canadian Opera Company and Brooklyn Academy of Music and a joining of the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for the title role of a new production of Verdi’s Attila by Pierre Audi conducted by Riccardo Muti.

Aside from his staged opera performances, Pomakov has performed with a number of concert organizations such as Le Festival de Lanaudière, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Edinburgh Festival, Royal Conservatory of Music, Pacific Symphony, among others.  Notable concert performances of past seasons include his Ravinia Festival debut in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy conducted by James Conlon, the role of Virgil in Rachmaninov's Francesca da Rimini and the Hector Berlioz version of Der Freischütz all under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach, his Canadian Opera Company debut in a concert with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the Roy Thomson Hall Millennium Opera Gala with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (released on CBC Records), Shostakovich's Symphony no. 14 with the Canadian Opera Company, a European tour of Handel's Apollo e Dafne (Released on Naxos Records), his Concertgebouw debut with the European Union Baroque Orchestra and performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Orchestre Métropolitain under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Recital credits include two recitals at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio one of which was broadcast by the CBC.

Robert Pomakov has been a prizewinner in several of the world's premier singing competitions: a finalist in the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium, second place at the Belvedere Competition in Vienna and third place in Plácido Domingo's Operalia. In September 2006, Mr. Pomakov was decorated with the Simeon, the First Honorary Medal from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, and with a diploma from the Minister of Culture for his achievements in opera's art and special merit to Bulgarian culture and its dissemination all over the world. Other prizes have included first prize in the 2000 Oratorio Society of New York's solo competition, an encouragement award in the 2000 George London Foundation Competition, an encouragement award from the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, the 1999 Victoria Scholars Grant, Second Prize in the 1998 Canadian Music Competition and First Prize in the 1997 Kiwanis Music Festival in Toronto.  Pomakov is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.

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"This young Canadian is clearly a talent to watch. Embodying the melancholy heft and gloomy conviction of the classic Russian bass voice."

Washington Post