Yesterday, tenor Sergey Polyakov stepped in to make his debut at Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano. Mr Polyakov sang the role of Herman in The Queen of Spades, replacing Aleksandrs Antonenko who unfortunately stepped down due to illness.

Critic Robert Hugill (Planet Hugill) writes, “Aleksandrs Antonenko, who was due to sing Gherman, was ill and replaced by Sergey Polyakov. But Polyakov didn’t sing from the sides, he fully performed the complex role. His performance was remarkably lyrical and rather intense… with a fine slow-burn leading to the climactic final act…”

Last season, Mr Polyakov sang Don Carlo at Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv (conducted by Daniel Oren), Sergey in Lady Macbeth of Mzensk at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Radames in Aida at National Theater Mannheim, and Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. His future engagements include both Calaf in Turandot and Canio in Pagliacci at Latvian National Opera, Herman in The Queen of Spades at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldort among others.