Mikhail Petrenko

One the most sought after basses in the world, known for his exceptional operatic performances and recitals. Mikhail Petrenko is a graduate of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in the class of Professor Minzhilkiev and has awards including diplomas at the third International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition (1998), the first Elena Obraztsova Competition and was a finalist and diploma-winner at the Maria Callas New Verdi Voices Competition, Parma (2000).

His operatic roles include Heinrich Lohengrin, Hunding Die Walküre, Hagen Götterdämmerung, King Marke Tristan und Isolde, Frère Laurent Romeo and Juliet, Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Ferrando Il Trovatore, Sarastro Die Zauberflöte, Leporello Don Giovanni, The Pope Benvenuto Cellini, Oreste Elektra, Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro andPrince Galitsky Prince Igor. Recent notable performances include his first Metropolitan Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) and the world premiere of an opera-ballet double bill of Bluebeard’s Castle with the Cleveland Orchestra in collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet. 

He regularly works with top conductors including Vladimir Jurowski, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Charles Dutoit, Myung Whun Chung, Daniel Harding, Esa-Pekka Salenon, Simon Rattle, Jonathan Nott, Marc Minkowski and Daniel Barenboim appearing at the Wiener Staatsoper, Netherlands Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, La Scala and the Aix-en-Provence, Verbier, Salzburg, Lucerne and the BBC Proms festivals.

Equally established on the concert platform, he has performed concerts and recitals in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Denmark and Budapest. Last season he performed Rachmaninov’s The Bells with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Sondergard and closed the season with Shostakovich Symphony No.13 with the Berliner Philarmoniker and Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

Engagements this season and beyond include Damnation de Faust with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Simon Boccanegra with La Scala, Tristan and Isolde with the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Bluebeard’s Castle with the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig Orchestra, Orchestre Philarmonique de Liege and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lohengrin with the Korea National Opera, Romeo et Juliet, Elektra and Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the Metropolitan Opera, Ivan the Terrible with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Muti,  Nabucco with La Scala and a return to the Metropolitan Opera.

His many recordings include Die Walkure conducted by Gergiev released on the Mariinsky Label and Gounod's Romeo et Juliette conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin released on Deutsche Grammophon. He added a recording of Rachmaninov’s The Bells with the Berliner Philarmoniker to his discography conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, released on EMI and also features as Leporello in the film version of Don Giovanni, (Kasper Holten’s ‘Juan’).


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