Mikhail Petrenko

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The St Petersburg born Bass, Mikhail Petrenko graduated from the renowned St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in the class of Professor Minzhilkiev. He was awarded diplomas at the third International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition for Young Opera Singers in 1998 and the first Elena Obraztsova Competition the following year. Mikhail was also a finalist and diploma-winner at the Maria Callas New Verdi Voices Competition, Parma in 2000.
Mikhail regularly sings roles such as: Heinrich (Lohengrin), Hunding (Die Walküre), Hagen (Götterdämmerung) and King Marke (Tristan und Isolde). His vocal flexibility also lends itself to a vast range of operatic repertoire including roles such as: Frère Laurent (Romeo and Juliet), Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Ferrando (Il Trovatore), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Leporello (Don Giovanni), The Pope (Benvenuto Cellini) and Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro).

The 12/13 season saw the bass give performances of the entire Ring Cycle conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin as well as Die Walküre andGötterdämmerung at Teatro alla Scala conducted by Maestro Barenboim. Mikhail also regularly collaborates with top conductors such as; Vladimir Jurowski, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Charles Dutoit and Myung Whun Chung and Daniel Harding.

Other recent highlights include his role debut of Oreste in Strauss’ Elektra at the Aix-en-Provence festival, Shostakovich 13 for the Salzburg Festival, Tristan and Isolde with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the Bamberger Symphoniker under Jonathan Nott and a performance of Götterdämmerung at the BBC Proms in 2013.

Mikhail has added a recording of Rachmaninov’s The Bells with the Berliner Philarmoniker to his discography conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and released on EMI. In an adjustment to his usual appearances, the Bass features as Leporello in the film version of Don Giovanni, (Kasper Holten’s ‘Juan’) which was well received by audiences worldwide. 

The previous season saw Mikhail make a fantastic return to the MET for Prince Galitsky (Prince Igor). Notable opera appearances in 13/14 included Gounod’s Faust for the Netherlands Opera conducted by Marc Minkowski. Mikhail appeared at numerous festivals in the Summer of 2014 including: the Verbier Festival as Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlo); the BBC Proms for The Bells conducted by Edward Gardner and the San Sebastian Festival for Verdi’s Requiem with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

The 14/15 season has seen Mikhail give concerts of Die Walkure with the Bamberger Symphoniker in Bamberg and Madrid as well a concert performance of Duke Bluebeard’s Castle with the Royal Danish Opera, Verdi Requiem with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Harding. and Shostakovich’s ‘Babi Yar’ with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He will also sing the Ring cycle with Sir Simon Rattle at the Wiener Staatsoper. Highlights in future seasons include a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Figaro in Nozze di Figaro, Bluebeard’s Castle with the Cleveland Orchestra and Damnation de Faust with the Tokyo SO .

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