Sergei Leiferkus

Sergei Leiferkus

Aber im Grunde gehörte der Abend dem Förster von Sergej Leiferkus, der als vorsichtiges Alter Ego Janáčeks den alten Mann gab, der seinen Fuchs nicht bekam. In Dauerpräsenz auf der Bühne beobachtete er das Treiben, das auch ohne ihn stattfand. Bitter wurde er nicht, er fügte sich drein. Verzweifelt, eine Spur auch gebrochen. Dieses psychologische Spiel im Spagat gelang dem russischen Bariton ebenso wie sein charaktervoller Gesang mit samtenem Timbre.
Musik in Dresden

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.

On the concert podium he has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras 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.

Highlights of past seasons include his début as the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne in 2012, a role he later reprised in Dresden in 2014. His début in the title role of Boris Godounov followed at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, where he also sang the role of Scarpia in Tosca. These two roles he also sang in concert in London in early 2015. Further engagements followed, including Raskatov’s A Dog’s Heart at the Opéra de Lyon (where the role of Professor Filippovich was written especially for him); The Miserly Knight at La Monnaie in Brussels; his début at the Primorsky Theatre in Vladivostok singing the title role in Aleko; concert engagements in Darmstadt (Francesca da Rimini), Vladivostok (Babi Yar in Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony), Moscow, St. Petersburg and Philadelphia, as well as festival appearances at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, where he sang Don Pizarro.

More recent engagements include The Cunning Little Vixen, Guillaume Tell and Peter Eötvös’ Senza Sangue at the Hamburg State Opera; A Dog’s Heart in Amsterdam; The Marriage by Mussorgsky in Stuttgart; Songs and Dances of Death in Nürnberg and Siegfried and Goetterdaemmerung in Palermo. Sergei Leiferkus’ future engagements include two revivals at the Hamburg State Opera of Berg’s Lulu and Eötvös’ Senza Sangue.

Sergei Leiferkus’ 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 the singer’s 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 holds a professorship at the Academy of Music in Łódź.

Ludwig van Beethoven – Fidelio – Don Pizarro
recording for Teldec. Metropolitan Opera New York, Dallas Opera, Garsington Opera, Salzburger Festspiele, Wiener Staatsoper
Georges Bizet – Carmen – Escamillo
Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Tokyo, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Metropolitan Opera New York
Alexander Borodin – Prince Igor – Igor
DVD for Philips. Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Gewandhaus Leipzig
Benjamin Fleischmann – Rothschild‘s Violin – Jakow Iwanow
Bayerische Staatsoper München
Umberto Giordano – Andrea Chenier – Gerard
Tokyo, Chicago Lyric Opera, Metropolitan Opera New York
Leoš Janácek – Príhody lišky bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen) – Forester
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Modest Mussorgsky – Boris Godounow – Rangoni
recording for Sony. Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Salzburger Festspiele, Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Dallas Opera, San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera New York
Giacomo Puccini – Tosca – Scarpia
Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Staatsoper Hamburg, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Tokyo, Estonian National Opera Tallinn, Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile
Sergei Rachmaninov – Aleko – Aleko
recording for Deutsche Grammophon. Teatro Colòn Buenos Aires
Sergei Rachmaninov – Francesca da Rimini – Lanceotto Malatesta
recording for Deutsche Grammophon. Teatro Colòn Buenos Aires
Sergei Rachmaninov – Skupoi ryzar (The Miserly Knight) – The Knight
DVD for Opus Arte. Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Alexander Raskatov – A Dog’s Heart – Professor Filip Filippovich Preobrazhensky
De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Opéra de Lyon
Sergey Slonimsky – Master i Margarita – Pilate
Mikhailovsky Theatre St. Petersburg
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Cherevichki – His Highness
Royal Opera House Covent Garden London
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Iolanta – Ibn-Khakia
Prinzregententheater München
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – The Maid of Orleans – Lionel
Washington National Opera
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Pikovaya dama – Tomsky
recording for Sony. Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Staatsoper Berlin, Opéra National de Paris, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Israel Philharmonic
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Tcharodeika – Mamirov
Theater an der Wien
Giuseppe Verdi – Aida – Amonasro
Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Berliner Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen
Giuseppe Verdi – Un ballo in maschera – Renato
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, San Francisco Opera
Giuseppe Verdi – Macbeth – Macbeth
Houston Grand Opera
Giuseppe Verdi – Otello – Jago
Recording for Deutsche Grammophon, DVD for Opus Arte. Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Estonian National Opera Tallinn, Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera New York, Opéra de Lyon, Tokyo, Wiener Staatsoper.
Richard Wagner – Götterdämmerung – Alberich
Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Teatro Massimo Palermo
Richard Wagner – Lohengrin – Telramund
recording for RCA. San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Oper Bonn, Staatsoper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Massimo Palermo
Richard Wagner – Parsifal – Klingsor
Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Washington National Opera, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona
Richard Wagner – Das Rheingold – Alberich
Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Teatro Massimo Palermo
Richard Wagner – Siegfried – Alberich
Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Teatro Massimo Palermo

  1. Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death, Polkovodets (The Field Marshal)
  2. Mussorgsky: Song of the Flea
  3. Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight, Ritter Szene