[Vladimir Baykov] His voice – deep and penetrating – can rise up to high range with seeming ease. It is rare to hear a Wotan with good flexibility throughout his range.
— Die Walküre on bicycles: the 24-hour Ring in Erl
Vladimir Baykov stattet den Wotan mit kräftigem Bassbariton aus, der zu tiefen Gefühlsregungen fähig ist
— Die Walküre
The Russian bass baritone Vladimir Baykov was born in 1974 in Moscow and graduated from the Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology as a Cybernetic Engineer before beginning his vocal studies at the Prokofiev Opera Studio in Moscow. He joined Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 1996, graduating with diplomas in solo singing and teaching in 2001.
He rapidly gained a reputation as one of the most promising new talents for dramatic roles, as demonstrated in the 2012-2013 season by his début at the Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, where, under the baton of Valery Gergiev, he sang Gunther in Götterdämmerung and covered Wotan and Wanderer, and gave his role débuts as Bluebeard in Bluebeard’s Castle at the Finnish National Opera and as Donner in Das Rheingold at the Nederlandse Opera.
In the following season he returned to Amsterdam for the revival of the Ring. At the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona he was engaged to sing Angelotti, whilst covering the role of Scarpia, as well as the title role in Prince Igor at the New Israeli Opera. This role also marked his début at the English National Opera, London. In the Summer of 2014, and again in 2015, he sang Wotan in Die Walküre at the Tyrolean Festival in Erl. Highlights from the 2014/15 season include the title role in the world premiere of Anton Lubchenko’s opera Dr Zhivago in Regensburg, as well as his début at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as Ruprecht in Sergei Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel.
More recent engagements include: Three productions at the Hamburg State Opera – Guillaume Tell, Der Freischütz and Hänsel und Gretel; Der fliegende Holländer at the Theater Magdeburg; Rusalka at the Leipzig Opera; Faust at the Hamburg State Opera and a revival of Die Walküre at the festival in Erl. Vladimir Baykov will sing Wotan again in 2019 at the Leipzig Opera.
His most important past engagements include: Ruprecht in Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel under the baton of Leif Segerstam at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (2010); Salieri in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri (2011) in Lugano and Torino with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale of RAI; Pimen at Torino’s Teatro Regio and Sandoval in Donizetti’s Le duc d’Albe at the Vlaamse Opera Antwerp/Ghent (2012). In 2006 he sang the title role in Boris Godunov at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, alternating with José van Dam. He sang the role again in Darmstadt at the end of the 2014/15 season.
He is working regularly at the Finnish National Opera, where, in 2009, he made his highly acclaimed début as Vodnik; at the opera house in Bonn and at the National Theatre Mannheim, where, in 2010, he sang his first Wagnerian roles, Kothner and Gunther. At the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw he sang Méphistophélès in Robert Wilson’s much celebrated production. He has also performed at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon; the Aalto Theatre Essen and the Festival di due mondi in Spoleto.
Vladimir Baykov’s recent concert engagements include performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under Justus Frantz in Munich’s Philharmonic Hall, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper and Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Verdi’s Requiem on tour with Enoch zu Guttenberg at the Berlin Philharmonic and Alte Oper Frankfurt. Gianandrea Noseda, Antonello Allemandi, Alan Curtis, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Stefan Soltesz, Carlo Franci, Woldemar Nelsson and Kazushi Ono are among the conductors with whom he has worked, and he has given recitals in his native Russia and abroad, in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Japan.
Vladimir Baykov has recorded Louis Spohr’s Die letzten Dinge for Capriccio records in 2007 (conducted by Bruno Weil).
He has been prize winner of several prestigious competitions: Bella Voce (Moscow, 1997); Mirjam Helin (Helsinki, 1999); Neue Stimmen (Gütersloh, 1999); Maria Callas (Athens, 2001); Belvedere (Vienna, 2001); Georgy Sviridov (Kursk, 2001); Queen Sonja (Oslo, 2003) and Queen Elizabeth (Brussels 2004). In 2010 Vladimir Baykov was a scholarship holder of the Richard-Wagner-Association at the Bayreuth Festival.
Messe in h-moll
Missa Sancti Nicolai
Die Schöpfung (Rafael / Adam)
Messe in c-moll
Jester’s Songs from the music to Shakespeare’s “King Lear”