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Eugene Akimov

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1967. He graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory (class of L. Morozov) in 1991. He has been awarded the “Golden Mask” prize twice (1997, 2000) for his interpretations as Nemorino [The Elixir of Love/L'elisir d'amore] and Rodolfo [La bohème] (Children's Music Theater, Moscow). In 2009, he was awarded two medals by the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation for his performances in the opera Francesca da Rimini and the vocal-symphonic poem The Bells. He has been a soloist at the Mariinsky Theater since 1996 and collaborates regularly with the National Opera of Moldova. His repertoire includes over thirty roles, mostly in Russian operas, such as The Khovansky Affair, Ruslan and Lyudmila, Prince Igor, Boris Godunov, Sadko, The Tsar’s Bride, The Snow Maiden, Eugene Onegin, The Nightingale, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, as well as in the operas The Barber of Seville [Il Barbiere di Siviglia], Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, La Bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Othello [Otello], The Flying Dutchman [Der fliegende Holländer], Salome. He has performed in major opera houses, such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House in London (Covent Garden), the Teatro Regio (Turin), the Paris Opera and the National Grand Theatre of China (Beijing). His substantial discography includes recordings of Boris Godunov, Prince Igor, The Love For Three Oranges and Betrothal in a Monastery by Prokofiev, and The Demon by Anton Rubinstein. For the GNO he interpreted the role of Don Ottavio in the opera Don Giovanni at the Acropol Theater during the 2006/07 season. // Last update of the biography: December 2015.