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Canadian bass Robert Pomakov begins 2015-2016 returning for his fourth season to the Metropolitan Opera as Don Basilo in Barlett Sher’s production of The Barber of Seville, and Monterone in Michael Mayer’s production of Rigoletto conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado.  He returns to the Canadian Opera Company as Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro and covers the role of Alberich in Siegfried.  He will make his company and role debuts with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Vodnick in Rusalka, and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth. Highlights of last season include a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Laurent Pelly’s production of Manon alongside Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro conducted by James Levine, and productions of Don Carlo, and Les Contes d'Hoffmann.  He also debuted with Santa Fe Opera as Monterone in Rigoletto and in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon’s, Cold Mountain, as well as covering Jochanaan in Strauss’ Salome. Pomakov made his Metropolitan Opera house debut as Monterone in Michael Mayer’s

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Canadian bass Robert Pomakov begins 2015-2016 returning for his fourth season to the Metropolitan Opera as Don Basilo in Barlett Sher’s production of The Barber of Seville, and Monterone in Michael Mayer’s production of Rigoletto conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado.  He returns to the Canadian Opera Company as Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro and covers the role of Alberich in Siegfried.  He will make his company and role debuts with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Vodnick in Rusalka, and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth.

Highlights of last season include a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Laurent Pelly’s production of Manon alongside Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro conducted by James Levine, and productions of Don Carlo, and Les Contes d'Hoffmann.  He also debuted with Santa Fe Opera as Monterone in Rigoletto and in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon’s, Cold Mountain, as well as covering Jochanaan in Strauss’ Salome.

Pomakov made his Metropolitan Opera house debut as Monterone in Michael Mayer’s new staging of Rigoletto in a production that was seen live in high definition in cinemas around the world.  He has also been seen at the MET as Mathieu in Andrea Chénier opposite Patricia Racette and Marcelo Álvarez and Monterone in Rigoletto opposite Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and has covered the titile role in Verdi’s Attila in a new production by Pierre Audi conducted by Riccardo Muti with the company.  Houston Grand Opera has welcomed him for numerous appearances including the Second SS Officer in Weinberg's The Passenger, in a co-production with the Lincoln Center Festival, Monterone in Rigoletto, Benoit in a new production of La Bohème, and Haly in a new production of L'italiana in Algeri.  Other appearances include successful debuts with Washington Opera as Leporello in Don Giovanni in a new production conducted by Plácido Domingo, Teatro Real as Nikitich in Boris Godunov opposite Samuel Ramey, San Francisco Opera as Monterone in Rigoletto, and Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels as Varlaam in Boris Godunov.  Canadian Opera Company appearances include Hobson in Britten’s Peter Grimes opposite Ben Heppner and Chamberlain in Le Rossignol in a co-production with the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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 both under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach, a concert with Dmitri Hvorostvsky at the Canadian Opera Company, 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, Schubert’s  Fierrabras with the Bard Music Festival and performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Orchestre Métropolitain under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.  He was the bass soloist in performances of Mozart’s Requiem with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, and Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, and has performed Handel’s Messiah with both the North Carolina and Phoenix Symphonies.  He appeared with the Calgary Philharmonic and at the Elora Festival in performances of the Verdi Requiem, and sang his first König Heinrich in a concert version of Wagner’s Lohengrin with Le Festival de Lanaudière conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.  Recital credits include two recitals at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio one of which was broadcast by the CBC.

Mr. Pomakov has been a prize winner 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.  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, an encouragement award in the George London Foundation Competition, an world. Other prizes have included first prize in the Oratorio Society of New York's completion, an award from the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, the Victoria Scholars Grant, Second Prize in the Canadian Music Competition, and First Prize in the 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