Nikitin hails from Murmansk, in the very north of Russia. His first love was to compose, sing and play drums and guitar in heavy metal bands, but his vocal gift took him in a different direction. He was accepted at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1992 and was soon combining his studies with his first solo engagements at the famed Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev’s direction. It wasn’t long before he was invited to major theatres and festivals throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia.
2002 marked his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in War and Peace. Return invitations to New York include Colline/ La Bohème, Pogner /Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Fasolt /Das Rheingold, Orest /Elektra, der Wanderer /Siegfried, Rangoni /Boris Godunov, Klingosr /Parsifal.
Nikitin made his Parisian debut at the Theatre du Châtelet in the title role of Rubinstein’s The Demon and returned in 2005 to sing the title role of Boris Godunov. Further roles at the Paris Opera include Jochanaan/Salome, Klingsor, Tomski /Pique Dame, Gunther /Götterdämmerung, the title role of Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero and Oreste/Elektra.
He made his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in 2008 as Jochanaan and he appears there regularly in roles such as Klingsor and Telramund /Lohengrin. In 2017 he sang Der Fliegende Holländer and returned again for a major new production of The Fiery Angel.
Other engagements include Tristan und Isolde at the season opening of the Metropolitan Opera, Tosca and Don Carlo in Baden Baden, Der Fliegende Holländer in Madrid, Toronto, Paris, Leipzig and Tokyo; Amfortas /Parsifal in Berlin and Valencia (Maazel), Pizzaro / Fidelio in Valencia, Jochanaan in Zurich and Amsterdam, Scarpia in Chicago and Boris Godunov and in an acclaimed production at the Mariinsky.
Major festival appearances include Fasolt (Rattle) in Aix en Provence, der Wanderer at the BBC Proms (Eschenbach), Ibn Hakia / Iolanta in Salzburg, Jochanaan in Verbier, where he returned in 2014 as Pizzaro Fidelio.
Concert performances include Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death at the Schleswig Holstein Festival and at the Berlin Philharmonic, the Coronation and Death of Boris Godunov with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, Mahler’s 8th Symphony and Rubinstein’s The Demon with the LSO, Oedipus Rex with the Müncher Philharmoniker, Verdi’s Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Jochannen with the Boston Symphony Orchestra……..
He sings regularly at the Mariinsky theatre and at the ‘Stars of the White Nights Festival’ performing his favourite roles, Boris Godunov, Filippo/Don Carlo, Holländer, Amfortas, Wotan /Das Rheingold, The Wanderer, Don Giovanni…
2015/2016 saw his Vienna Staatsoper debut in Fidelio and his debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. Recent engagements include Fidelio at Teatro San Carlo in Naples and productions of Parsifal and Boris Godunov at the Paris Opera.
2018/2019 saw Evgeny return to the Metropolitan Opera as Gunther (Götterdämmerung) and sing Friedrich von Telramund (Lohengrin) at the Wiener Staatsoper. He also regularly performed with the Mariinsky theatre in productions such as Don Giovanni, Tosca and Der Fliegende Holländer.
Highlights of his 2019/2020 season include returns to the Opéra de Paris in Boris Godunov, the Wanderer (Siegfried) in concert version with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Scarpia at the Metropolitan Opera New Year’s Eve Gala concert.
His recordings include Amfortas / Parsifal with the Mariinsky/Gergiev and again with the Berlin Radio Symphony/Janowski as well as Rangoni / Boris Godunov and Remeniuk /Semyon Kotko for Philips Classics. He has also recorded a solo recital of Wagner arias for Naïve. Cinema and DVD appearances include Parisfal and Boris Godunov from the MET, Boris Godunov at the Mariinsky, the Bayerische Staatsoper…
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“Evgeny Nikitin delivered such soaring, charismatic, legati at this point that you might almost have believed his promise to renounce evil. He is precisely what the role and the opera needs: physically, vocally, a complete star.”
“L’excellent baryton Evgeny Nikitin devient éclatant en Günter manipulateur.
[Excellent baritone Evgeny Nikitin’s manipulative Günter is brilliant.]“