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Vitalij Kowaljow

  • Bass


Vitalij Kowaljow was introduced to the U.S by Opera Orchestra of New York as Baldassare in LA FAVFORITA and has sun in this country as the Metropolitan, the San Francisco, Washington National, Los Angeles, Colorado and Philadelphia Opera Companies. He has appeared with various European companies including the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Arena di Verona and made news when he stepped in on 10 days notice at the Bastille Opera for an ailing colleague, singing Procida in the new production of the original and seldom performed French version of LES VEPRES SICILIENNES under the baton of James Conlon. He repeated the role under the baton of Placido Domingo at the opening of the 50th anniversary of the Washington National Opera. At the Metropolitan Opera he has sun, so far, Zaccaria in NABUCCO, Padre Guardiano in FORZA DEL DESTINO (which was also his role for his Munich debut), Walter in LUISA MILLER, Ramfis in AIDA (which was the role for his Arena di Verona debut).

He begun the season 2006/07 signing the Verdi REQUIEM with the San Francisco and the Chicago Symphony orchestras, and then King Philip in DON CARLO at the New National Theatre of Tokyo and Sarastro at Opera Colorado in Denver. Sarastro was also the role of his return to the Metroplitan Opera, while other engagements during the season include Pimen in BORIS GODUNOV at San Diego Opera, Banquo in MACBETH at the Washington National Opera, and concert performances and recordings of Puccini’s LA BOHEME with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon and of Leoncavallo’s I MEDICI with Placido Domingo.

The season 2007/08 brings among others, debuts as Giorgio in I PURITANI at the Vienna Staatsoper and as Gremin in EUGENE ONEGIN at the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Verdi REQUIEM with the Orquestra National de Espana in Madrid, his return to the Metroplitan Opera as Oroveso in NORMA and as Ramfis in AIDI, the movie recording of the part of Colline in the LA BOHEME FILM with director Robern Dornhelm in Vienna and later his return to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Zacaaria in NABUCCO.

The season 2008/09 brings Ramfis in AIDA at the Savonlinna Festival, Gremin in EUGENE ONEGIN at the Tanglewood Festival with conductor James Levine, a return to San Francisco Opera as Fiesco in SIMON BOCCANEGRA as well as Pimen in BORIS GODUNOV. At the Los Angeles Opera, he has been announced as Wotan in its new Wagner RING Cycle to be directed by Achim Freyer and conducted by James Conlon, productions of RHEINGOLD and DIE WALKUERE in the spring of 2009.
Future parts will be King Philip II in DON CARLOS, King René in Tchaikovski’s JOLANTA, Fiesco in SIMON BOCCANEGRA, Padre Guardiano in LA FORZA DEL DESTINA, Zaccaria in NABUCCO and Der Wanderer in SIEGFRIED.