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Robert Pomakov

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In the 2007-2008 season, Robert Pomakov appeared with the COC as Petrovic Gorjanikov in a new Dmitri Bertman production of Janácek's From the House of the Dead. He also performed Angelotti in Tosca with the COC and sang a recital there. His Slavic season continued with his debut at Minnesota Opera as Vodnik in a new production of Dvorak's Rusalka. After singing performances at the Lanaudiere Festival in a concert version of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, he performed Shostakovich's Symphony #14 with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Handel's Messiah under the baton of Giancarlo Guerrero with the Pacific Symphony. He also made his debut with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, DC in Rachmaninov's The Bells and the Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov. His European season was highlighted by his debut at the Teatro Real, Madrid as Nikitich in Boris, conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos and opposite Samuel Ramey.

In the 2005-2006 season, Robert Pomakov made his Houston Grand Opera debut in the dual roles of Varlaam and Shalkalov in Boris Godunov opposite Samuel Ramey and conducted by Tugan Sokhiev. He repeated Varlaam for his debut at the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels. Other European debuts included the Opera de Montpellier as First Nazarene and at Opera de Marseille as Don Fernando. Among other concert appearances, he sang Elijah with the Winnipeg Symphony and appeared in concert and recital at Canada's Scotia Festival.

In earlier seasons, Robert Pomakov made his Washington Opera debut as Leporello in Don Giovanni in a new production conducted by Plácido Domingo to superb reviews. He continued his association with the Canadian Opera Company in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex both in Toronto and at the Edinburgh Festival. He also sang Sam in Un Ballo in Maschera there. He debuted at the Opera Festival of New Jersey as Gremin in Yevgeny Onegin and the First Apprentice in Wozzeck conducted by David Agler. In concert he has performed Messiah with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, a concert of French music for the Canadian Broadcast Council, a concert of international Christmas music in Almonte, Canada and a recital tour of Eastern Canada. He made his Ravinia Festival debut in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy conducted by James Conlon and returned a few weeks later for the role of Virgil in Rachmaninov's Francesca da Rimini conducted by Eschenbach. He also appeared there under Eschenbach in the Berlioz French version of Der Freischütz. At the Lanaudiere Festival, he sang King René in a concert version of Tchaicovsky's Iolantha.

Robert Pomakov graduated from the world-renowned St. Michael's Choir School in Toronto in 1999. He made his professional concert debut in 1998 and his Canadian Opera Company debut in a concert with baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in 1999. Other notable performances have included the Roy Thomson Hall Millennium Opera Gala with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (released on CBC Records) as well as his Concertgebouw debut in August 2000 with the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He has performed with such organizations as L'Opera de Quebec, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Montreal Symphony, the Monnaie Opera Orchestra, the Brandywine Baroque, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the New Hamilton Philharmonic, the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Elora Festival.

Robert Pomakov performed two recitals at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio one of which was broadcast by the CBC. He sang the Verdi Requiem with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Kitchner-Waterloo Symphony, an opera gala with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Shostakovich's Symphony no. 14 with the COC and a European tour of Handel's Apollo e Dafne which has been issued on Naxos Records.

At the Curtis Insitute, he has performed Seneca in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Don Pasquale and Le Nozze di Figaro and the Doctor in Vanessa.

Robert Pomakov has been a prizewinner in several of the world's premier singing competitions: a finalist in the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium, second place at the Belvedere Competition in Vienna and third place in Plácido Domingo's Operalia. In September 2006, Mr. Pomakov was decorated with the Simeon, the First Honorary Medal from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, and with a diploma from the Minister of Culture for his achievements in opera's art and special merit to Bulgarian culture and its dissemination all over the world. Other prizes have included first prize in the 2000 Oratorio Society of New York's solo competition, an encouragement award in the 2000 George London Foundation Competition, an encouragement award from the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, the 1999 Victoria Scholars Grant, Second Prize in the 1998 Canadian Music Competition and First Prize in the 1997 Kiwanis Music Festival in Toronto.