Guest of the National Theatre Opera.
The tenor Mikhail Davidoff hails from Moscow, where he graduated from the Russian Music Academy. In 1994 he won third prize in the renowned International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Between 1991 and 1994 he was a soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre. In 1994 he made his foreign debut in a production of Verdi’s Aida at Arena di Verona, Italy.
In the 1994/1995 season he was engaged by the Luzerner Theater, performing, for example, as Don José (Bizet: Carmen), in the title role of Verdi’s Don Carlos and as Pedro in d’Albert’s Tiefland. From 1999 to 2007 he was a member of the opera ensemble of the Aalto-Theater in Essen, Germany. There he extended his repertoire to include, for example, the Verdi roles of Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera), Rodolfo (Luisa Miller), Manrico (Il trovatore) and Othello, Puccini’s Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Dick Johnson (La fanciulla del West).
He has sung Don Carlos on a number of other opera stages; for instance, in Wiesbaden, Helsinki and Cologne. He appeared as a guest in the role of Manrico in Il trovatore in Helsinki, Hamburg, Wroclaw, Washington and at the Bregenz Summer Festival (2005, 2006), sang Pinkerton at Deutsche Oper Berlin and in Dresden. His other roles include Radames (Verdi: Aida), which he rendered in St. Gallen, at Deutsche Oper Berlin, in Wiesbaden and Dortmund; Calaf (Puccini: Turandot), in which he appeared at the Stadttheater Basel and in Antwerp; Cavaradossi (Puccini: Tosca), which he sang at the Palm Beach Opera, Florida, in Frankfurt, Dresden and Geneva (conductor: Fabio Luisi); Faust (Boito: Mephistopheles), the role in which he introduced himself in Santiago. He has sung Turiddu and Canio (Mascagni / Leoncavallo: Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci) in Cologne, Essen and St. Gallen, and Chevalier Des Grieux (Puccini: Manon Lescaut) at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and in Essen. He has also performed in Tchaikovsky’s operas Iolanta, Aleko (St. Gallen) and The Queen of Spades (Frankfurt), in Leoncavallo’s La bohème (Vienna), Giordano’s Andréa Chénier (Essen) and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride (Bordeaux, Paris).
Update: March 2008