The Russian lyric tenor Ilya Selivanov is praised for his “beautiful, bright voice” and “artistry,” (Russia’s Realnoevremya). Born in St. Petersburg, the young principal soloist of the Bolshoi Theater Ilya Selivanov graduated with honors from the Glinka Choral School and thereafter pursued his vocal training at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg under the tutelage of Yuri Masurin. Alongside this, Ilya joined the choral and conducting faculty and graduated from both programs in 2013.
Ilya Selivanov appeared at the Bolshoi Theatre for the first time as the title role in The Idiot by Weinberg. Following his great success there he was asked to join the Bolshoi Theater as a regular soloist. Opening the 2018/19 season, he made a further role debut in the title role of Bernstein’s Candide. In November 2018 in collaboration with the Bolshoi he recorded the role of Lykov in Tsar’s bride by Rimsky-Korsakov which was broadcast on Mezzo TV.
Formerly a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy for Young Singers, Ilya made his Mariinsky Theater debut as Lensky in a new production of Eugene Onegin. He now enjoys an ongoing a relationship with the Mariinsky Theater; since 2013/14 under Valery Gergiev, Ilya has been seen as Anatol Kuragin in Graham Vick’s new production of War and Peace, and in Claudia Solti’s production of La Traviata, and returned to the stage there recently as Fenton in Falstaff and as Lykov in The Tsar’s Bride.Read more
Other recent highlights include his European stage debut as Alfredo in La Traviata at the Theater of Dortmund; Vaudémont in Iolanta at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall under Mikhail Pletnev, as part of the Cross-Cultural Year of Russia and Japan; and as the tenor soloist in Dvořák’s Requiem with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, under Ion Marin, at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg.
Ilya’s boasts a strong cross-section of lyric tenor repertoire, highlights include performances as the Prince in Rusalka, Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Levko in May Night, Tsarevich Guidon in The Tale of Tsar Saltan Prince in The Love for Three Oranges and Gritsko in Sorochintsy Fair. Ilya has toured to Italy, Great Britain, Austria, Switzerland, France and Germany and has has collaborated with such artists as Ion Marin, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Mikhail Pletnev, Mariss Jansons, Tugan Sochiev, Gavriel Heine, Nikolaj Znaider, Alexander Titov, Yuri Simonov, and Anna Netrebko.
“He sings the role of Alfredo with elan and esprit”
“The owner of a beautiful voice, he is bright, temperamental, artistic”