Guest of the Opera
Born in Dimitrovgrad, Russia. In 2001, he completed his studies at the Kazan Conservatory (Galina Lastovka’s class). While still a second-year student, he took part in a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem at the Kazan Theatre of Opera and Ballet. In 2001, he joined the Bolshoi Theatre Opera Company as soloist. Mikhail Kazakov has an active concert live; he has appeared at the following, among other, prestigious venues in Russia, Europe, USA and Japan: the Saint-Petersburg Philharnonia, the Mariynsky Theatre, the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Megaron Concert Hall (Athens), UNESCO Concert Hall (Paris), Carnegie Hall (New-York), Bunkie Hall ( Tokyo). In 2003, he sang the part of Zaccaria (Nabucco) at New Israel Opera, Tel-Aviv. In the same year, he took part in a concert performance of Eugene Onegin at Place des Arts in Montreal, Canada. In 2004, he made his Vienna State Opera debut as the Comendatore in Don Giovanni (conductor Seiji Ozava). In September 2004, he sang the Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlos) at Dresden Semperoper. In November 2004, at the invitation of Plácido Domingo, he sang Ferrando in Il Trovatore at Washington National Opera. In December 2004, he sang Gremin (Eugene Onegin) and in May-June 2005 – Ramfis (Aida) at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Dusseldorf). In 2005, he took part in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem in Montpellier. In 2006, he sang Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) in Montpellier (conductor Enrique Mazzola) and took part in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem in Goteborg. In 2006, he sang Ramfis at the Opera Royal de Wallonie (Liege) and at the Dresden Semperoper, Zaccaria at the Dresden Semperoper and at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. In June 2006, he sang Boris (Boris Godunov) at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) (London, conductor Alexander Vedernikov). In 2007, he took part in a concert performance of Rakhmaninov’s Aleko (Moscow, conductor Mikhail Pletnev). In the same year, he appeared in Salle Gaveau (Paris) at the Crescendo Music festival. In 2008, he sang of Mussorgsky’s “Songs and Dances of Death”( conductor Yuri Temircanov) in the Lucerne Festival, in September 2008, he sang Gremin (Eugene Onegin) at the Grand Opera ( Paris), In 2009 , he sang Shostakovich 14 symphony ( Manheim, conductor Friedemann Layer), Beethoven 9 symphony (Barri, conductor Fabio Mastrangello). In 2010, he took part in a concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta (Rene) (Warszawa, National Philharmonic and Dresden Semperoper). In January 2011, he sang Ramfis (Aida) at the Cologne Opera and in April 2011 Boris (Boris Godunov, conductor Greame Jenkins) at the Dallas Opera House (USA) and he took part in Verdi’s Requiem in Vilnius (conductor Gintaras Rinkyavichus). In June 2011 he performed Timur (Turandot) in the Deutsche Oper Berlin.