Sergei Leiferkus is considered one of the world’s most renowned performing artists. His ability to convey both nobility and evil makes him most noted for roles such as Scarpia in “Tosca”, Jago in “Otello”, Rangoni in “Boris Godunov”, Telramund in “Lohengrin” and Alberich in “Der Ring des Nibelungen”.
He has appeared at opera houses throughout the world, among them the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; the Vienna State Opera; the Opéra Bastille, Paris; La Scala, Milan; Deutsche Oper Berlin; San Francisco Opera; the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Palau de les Arts, Valencia; Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam; Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, and at the Edinburgh, Bregenz, Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals. Recently in Glyndebourne he made his role debut as the Forester in “The Cunning Little Vixen” (2012).
His commitments in the 2013/14 season include a role which has been written especially for him: Professor Filip Filippovich Preobrazhensky in Raskatov’s opera “A Dog’s Heart“ at the Opéra de Lyon. Concert engagements are taking him to the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, to Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as to the Philadelphia Orchestra.
On the concert podium he has appeared with orchestras such as the London Symphony, Boston Symphony and Montreal Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington DC and Philadelphia Orchestra under conductors including Claudio Abbado, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Leonard Slatkin, Vladimir Jurovski, Kurt Masur and Sir Georg Solti.
The singer’s repertoire includes almost fifty opera roles, among them Eugene Onegin, Mazeppa, Prince Igor, Ruprecht (“The Fiery Angel”), Nabucco, Macbeth, Simon Boccanegra, Amonasro, Jago, Don Giovanni, Telramund, Alberich and Klingsor. Almost one third of Sergei Leiferkus’ repertoire comprises Russian music from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Sergei Leiferkus has recorded almost forty CDs. His first CD recording of songs by Mussorgsky received a Grammy nomination, while another recording of all of Mussorgsky’s songs (on four CDs) was awarded the Cannes Classical Award and the Diapason d’Or Prize in 1997. The catalogue of Sergei Leiferkus’ video recordings includes operas staged at the Mariinsky Theatre (“Eugene Onegin” and “The Fiery Angel”) and at Covent Garden (“Prince Igor” and “Otello”), three versions of “The Queen of Spades” (Mariinsky Theatre, Wiener Staatsoper and Glyndebourne) and “Nabucco” (Bregenz Festival). One of the most recent productions featuring Sergei Leiferkus has been acclaimed director Robert Wilson’s production of “Der Ring des Nibelungen” at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.
Besides his frequent appearances in opera, concert and recital, Sergei Leiferkus also gives master classes and teaches in Berlin, Toronto, Moscow and Boston, as well as at the renowned Britten-Pears School, Aldeburgh.
Sergei Leiferkus was born in St. Petersburg and graduated from the local Conservatoire. After a first engagement at the Maly Theatre (today: Mikhailovsky Theatre), he joined the ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. His debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Kurt Masur in the early 1980s launched his international career.