Alexander Vassiliev

Alexander Vassiliev © Kay Blaschke

Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1971, Alexander Vassiliev studied singing (with Prof. Yevgeny Nesterenko) and composition at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, before joining the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Thereafter, he was engaged at the opera houses of Freiburg, Braunschweig and Cologne, where he sang Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Britten), Alidoro and Don Basilio (Rossini), Mephisto (Gounod), The Waterspirit (Rusalka/Dvorak), Kaspar (Der Freischutz), Figaro and Leporello (Mozart), Ramfis and Camillo (German premiere of Boesmans’ „Wintermarchen“). Vassiliev’s career would lead him to debut at La Scala in Milan (Der Einarmige/„Die Frau ohne Schatten“), the Royal Opera House in London (Pan Golova/„Tsarina’s Slippers“/Tchaikovsky), Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires (Le Bailli/„Werther“), Opera National de Paris and Teatro Real de Madrid (Priest/„Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk“).

In previous seasons Alexander Vassiliev had been engaged at a number of opera houses including the Theatre de La Monnaie in Brussels (Rachmaninoff Troika, Old Gypsy/Aleko), De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam (Priest/The Cunning Little Vixen, Priest/Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Farfarello/Love for the Three Oranges) and at the Grand Theatre de Geneve (Bartolo/Le Nozze di Figaro, Colline, Biterolf, Forester/The Cunning Little Vixen). He had also performed at the Mariinsky-Theatre in Saint Petersburg (Figaro/Mozart), at the Munich Opera Festival, in Dusseldorf, Paris, Nancy, Montpellier, Cagliari and Bologna.

More recently he made his debut as Gurnemanz at the Lübeck Theatre, sang Fasolt in Das Rheingold at the opera house in Halle, Germany, and Rychtar in Jenufa in Brussels. In September 2013 he won the 1st Prize at the 1st International Singing Competition Ópera de Tenerife. Other recent engagements include Cherevichki (The Slippers) in Cagliari, and in Brussels The Demon (The Servant) by Anton Rubinstein and The Golden Cockerel (Polkan) by Rimsky-Korsakov. In Amsterdam he was engaged to sing Der Notar in Der Rosenkavalier and 5th Jew in Salome, whilst at the Glyndebourne Festival the role of Badger/Parson in The Cunning Little Vixen and debuts as Gremin in Eugene Onegin and Commendatore in Don Giovanni.

His current and future projects include the new production of From the House of the Dead (Prison Governor) by Krzysztof Warlikowski at La Monnaie in Brussels, the Opera National de Lyon and at the Royal Opera House in London. He will sing Skomoroch and 3rd Shipman in Rimsky-Korsakov‘s The Tale of the Tsar Saltan staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov also at La Monnaie, Bruckner‘s Te Deum under Hartmut Haenchen at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels as well as recitals in Freiburg and Staufen. He is also due to cover Golaud in Pelleas et Melisande at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

Alexander Vassiliev has worked with some notable stage directors (Pierre Audi, Laurent Pelly, Robert Carsen and Richard Jones) and with such renowned conductors as Kazushi Ono, Mariss Jansons, Armin Jordan, Daniele Gatt and Mikhail Yurovski. He is much in demand for concert work, having performed Verdi’s and Mozart’s Requiems, Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, Janáček‘s Glagolitic Mass and Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony, in venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, at the Beethoven Festival in Krakow and at the Verbier Festival, and in many other important concert halls in Germany, France, Italy and Holland. His recitals have been presented in Geneva, Amsterdam, Elmau Castle, Citta di Castello, at Gidon Kremer’s Chamber Music Festival in Lockenhaus and in Davos. He has appeared with artists such as Helmut Rilling, Enoch zu Guttenberg and Christoph Spering.

His singing has featured in many recordings, including the CDs of Bizet’s Ivan IV (Naïve) and Reznicek’s Tragical Story (on CPO), as well as the first complete recording of songs by Rudi Stephan (on MDG), a project started by the singer himself. In 2008, he co-founded and is now artistic director of the chamber music festival Klassikfest Kaiserstuhl in Ihringen.

Béla Bartók – A Kékszakállú herceg vára – Bluebeard
Festival d’Ile de France
Ludwig van Beethoven – Fidelio – Don Pizarro
Theater Bielefeld
Alban Berg – Wozzeck – 1. Handwerksbursche
Philharmonie Köln
Hector Berlioz – Les Troyens – Le chef grèc / Un soldat/ 2ème sentinelle
De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam
Hector Berlioz – Les Troyens – Narbal (cover)
De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam
Hector Berlioz – Damnation de Faust – Méphistophélès
Esplanade Concert Hall Singapore
Georges Bizet – Ivan IV. le Terrible – Yorloff
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Philippe Boesmans – Wintermärchen – Camillo
Staatstheater Braunschweig
Benjamin Britten – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Bottom
Theater Essen
Gaetano Donizetti – Don Pasquale – Don Pasquale
Opéra de Caen
Antonín Dvorák – Rusalka – Vodník
Theater Bielefeld
Georges Enescu – Oedipe – Oedipe
Theater Bielefeld
Charles Gounod – Faust – Méphistophélès
Staatstheater Braunschweig
Georg Friedrich Händel – Giulio Cesare in Egitto – Curio
Bayerische Staatsoper München
Leoš Janácek – Jenufa – Rychtar
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Bruxelles
Leoš Janácek – Príhody lišky bystroušky (Das schlaue Füchslein) – Förster
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Leoš Janácek – Príhody lišky bystroušky (Das schlaue Füchslein) – Harašta
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Leoš Janácek – Príhody lišky bystroušky (Das schlaue Füchslein) – Vicar / Badger
De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Glyndebourne Festival Opera (cover)
Leoš Janácek – Z mrtvého domu (Aus einem Totenhaus) – Platzkommandant
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Leoš Janácek – Výlety páne Brouckovy (Die Ausflüge des Herrn Broucek) – Sakristan / Lunobor / Domsik
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Don Giovanni – Leporello
Opéra national de Montpellier
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Le nozze di Figaro – Antonio
Opernstudio München
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Le nozze di Figaro – Don Bartolo
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Le nozze di Figaro – Figaro
Mariinsky Theater St. Petersburg
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Die Zauberflöte – Sarastro
Staatsoperette Dresden
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Die Zauberflöte – Sprecher
Teatro comunale Bologna
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Die Zauberflöte – Zweiter Geharnischter
Oper Köln, Teatro comunale Bologna
Otto Nicolai – Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor – Sir John Falstaff
Theater Augsburg
Jacques Offenbach – Orpheus in der Unterwelt – Jupiter
Theater Bielefeld
Carl Orff – Die Kluge – Der Bauer
Opernstudio München
Sergei Prokofiev – L’amour des trois oranges – Farfarello / Heraut I
De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Giacomo Puccini – La Bohème – Colline
Oper Köln, Rom
Giacomo Puccini – La fanciulla del West – Ashby
Nationaltheater Mannheim
Giacomo Puccini – Gianni Schicchi – Betto di Signa
Oper Köln
Giacomo Puccini – Il tabarro – Il talpa
Oper Köln
Giacomo Puccini – Tosca – Angelotti
Oper Köln
Maurice Ravel – L’enfant et les sortileges – Fauteuil / L’arbre
Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Gioacchino Rossini – Il barbiere di Siviglia – Don Basilio
Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf
Gioacchino Rossini – La Cenerentola – Alidoro
Staatstheater Nürnberg
Franz Schreker – Der ferne Klang – Der Wirt “Zum Schwan” / Ein Polizist
De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam
Franz Schubert – Die Verschworenen – Graf Heribert
Opéra de Lille
Dmitri Shostakovich – Ledi Makbet mtsenskovo uyesda – Priest
Grand Théâtre de Genève, De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Opéra national de Paris (Bastille), Teatro Real Madrid
Richard Strauss – Die Frau ohne Schatten – Der Einarmige
De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Teatro alla Scala Milano, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf
Richard Strauss – Salome – Erster Soldat
Theater Freiburg
Richard Strauss – Salome – Fünfter Jude
Theater Freiburg
Igor Stravinsky – Oedipus Rex – Teiresias
Staatsoper Stuttgart
Igor Strawinsky – Le Rossignol – 2. Japanischer Gesandter / Der Bonze
Philharmonie Köln
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Cherevichki – Pan Golova
Royal Opera House Covent Garden London
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Yevgeny Onegin – Gremin
Moscow Conservatory
Giuseppe Verdi – Aida – Ramphis
Staatstheater Braunschweig
Giuseppe Verdi – Un ballo in maschera – Samuel
Theater Freiburg
Giuseppe Verdi – Don Carlo – Filippo
Theater Bielefeld (ital.), Staatstheater Darmstadt (fr.), Nationaltheater Mannheim
Giuseppe Verdi – I due Foscari – Loredano
Theater Freiburg
Giuseppe Verdi – Falstaff – Pistola
Oper Köln
Giuseppe Verdi – Macbeth – Banco (cover)
Oper Köln
Giuseppe Verdi – Macbeth – Medico
Opernfestspiele München
Giuseppe Verdi – Simone Boccanegra – Paolo Albiani
Opéra national de Lorraine Nancy
Richard Wagner – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Konrad Nachtigall
L‘opéra du Rhin Strasbourg
Richard Wagner – Parsifal – Gurnemanz
Theater Lübeck
Richard Wagner – Parsifal – 2. Gralsritter
Oper Köln
Richard Wagner – Das Rheingold – Fasolt
Theater Halle, Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen
Richard Wagner – Rienzi – Cecco
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris
Richard Wagner – Tannhäuser – Biterolf
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Carl Maria von Weber – Der Freischütz – Kaspar
Theater Bielefeld
Alexander von Zemlinsky – König Kandaules – Archelaos
Oper Köln
Alexander von Zemlinsky – König Kandaules – Der Koch
Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Johann Sebastian Bach
h-moll Messe
Magnifikat
Matthäus Passion
Ludwig van Beethoven
Missa Solemnis
Christus am Ölberge
Hector Berlioz
Messe solennelle
Anton Bruckner
Te Deum
Gabriel Fauré
Requiem
Joseph Haydn
Die Jahreszeiten – Simon
Caecilienmesse
Leoš Janácek
Glagolitic Mass
Franz Liszt
Die Legende von der heiligen Elisabeth
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Requiem
c-moll Messe
Gioacchino Rossini
Messa di Rimini
Miserere
Stabat Mater
Petite messe solennelle (Orchesterfassung)
Johann Paullinus Silbermann
Philotea – David, Orcus
Dmitri Shostakovich
Sinfonie No. 14
Igor Stravinsky
Pulcinella
Franz von Suppé
Requiem
Giuseppe Verdi
Requiem
Kurt Weill
Songspiel Mahagonny – Jimmy

  1. George Enescu: Oedipe, 2nd Act Monologue (Oedipe)
  2. Bizet: Ivan IV, Je suis de noble race (Yorloff)
  3. Schostakowitsch: Ledi Makbet Mtsenskovo Uyesda (Priest)
  4. Mussorgsky: Song of the Flea
  5. Puccini: La Bohème, Vecchia zimarra, senti (Colline)