[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.

Béla Bartók – A Kékszakállú herceg vára – Bluebeard
Finnish National Opera Helsinki
Vincenzo Bellini – Norma – Oroveso
Theater St. Gallen
Hector Berlioz – Roméo et Juliette – Frére Laurent
Tallinn, Pahrnu, Tartu
Georges Bizet – Carmen – Escamillo
Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg
Alexander Borodin – Knyas Igor (Prince Igor) – Igor
Samara Opera, New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, English National Opera
Gaetano Donizetti – Le duc d’ Albe – Sandoval
De Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen/Gent
Antonin Dvorák – Rusalka – Vodnik
Finnish National Opera Helsinki, Theater Bonn, Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Michail Glinka – Ruslan i Lyudmila – Ruslan
Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Center Moscow
Charles Gounod – Faust – Méphistophélès
Theater Bonn, Teatr Wielki Warsaw
Georg Friedrich Händel – Sosarme – Altomaro
Festival di due mondi Spoleto, Teatro nacional de São Carlos Lisboa
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Don Giovanni – Leporello
Theater St. Gallen
Modest Mussorgsky – Boris Godunov – Boris
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Bruxelles
Modest Mussorgsky – Boris Godunov – Pimen
Teatro Regio Torino, Samara Opera
Modest Mussorgsky – Boris Godunov – Varlaam
Teatro Regio Torino
Modest Mussorgsky – Sorochinskaya yarmarka – Cherevik
Theater Bonn
Carl Orff – Die Kluge – Der Bauer
Opera Studio Moscow
Sergei Prokofiev – Ognenny angel (The Fiery Angel) – Ruprecht
Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Giacomo Puccini – Tosca – Angelotti
Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona
Giacomo Puccini – Tosca – Scarpia (cover)
Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona
Sergei Rachmaninov – Aleko – Aleko
Tver Philharmonic Orchestra
Sergei Rachmaninov – Francesca da Rimini – Lanceotto Malatesta
Russian State Company of TV and Broadcast
Sergei Rachmaninov – Francesca da Rimini – Vergil’s Ghost
Theater an der Wien
Alexander Raskatov – A Dog’s Heart – Professor Filip Filippovich Preobrazhensky (cover)
De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Mozart i Salieri – Salieri
Lugano Festival, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Iolanta – Bertrand
Theater an der Wien
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Iolanta – Ibn-Khakia
P.-I.-Tchaikovsky-Conservatory, Moscow
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Pikovaya dama – Tomsky
Theater Bonn
Giuseppe Verdi – Ernani – Silva
Theater St. Gallen
Richard Wagner – Götterdämmerung – Gunther
Nationaltheater Mannheim, Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg
Richard Wagner – Lohengrin – Heerrufer
Landestheater Innsbruck
Richard Wagner – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Kothner
Nationaltheater Mannheim
Richard Wagner – Das Rheingold – Donner
De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam
Richard Wagner – Das Rheingold – Wotan (cover)
Finnish National Opera Helsinki, Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg
Richard Wagner – Die Walküre – Wotan
Finnish National Opera Helsinki (cover), Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg (cover), Tiroler Festspiele Erl
Richard Wagner – Siegfried – Wanderer (cover)
Finnish National Opera Helsinki, Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg
Johann Sebastian Bach
Kantaten BWV 82 + 173
Messe in h-moll
Ludwig van Beethoven
IX. Symphony
Emilio de Cavalieri
Rappresentazione di anima e di corpo
Gabriel Fauré
Jan van Gilse
Philip Glass
V. Symphony
Georg Friedrich Händel
Dixit Dominus
Joseph Haydn
Nelson Messe
Missa Sancti Nicolai
Die Schöpfung (Rafael / Adam)
Leoš Janácek
Glagolitic Mass
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Elias (Elias)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Messe in c-moll
Modest Mussorgsky
Songs and Dances of Death
Sergei Rachmaninov
The Bells
Dmitri Shostakovich
XIII. Symphony
XIV. Symphony
Jester’s Songs from the music to Shakespeare’s “King Lear”
Michelangelo Suite
Louis Spohr
Die letzten Dinge
Georgi Sviridov
Petersburg, vocal poem
Giuseppe Verdi

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