Evgeny Nikitin



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 through 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.  Recent 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.  Last season he sang Der fliegende Holländer and he returns next season for a major new production of the Fiery Angel.

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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.”

The Independent

Edward Seckerson

“L’excellent baryton Evgeny Nikitin devient éclatant en Günter manipulateur.
[Excellent baritone Evgeny Nikitin’s manipulative Günter is brilliant.]

Caroline Alexander


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