One of the most sought after basses in the world, Mikhail Petrenko's vocal and acting talents are vast. He has collaborated with conductors of the highest calibre such as; Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pierre Boulez, Yannick Nezet Seguin, Charles Dutoit, Myung Whun Chung, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding and Vladimir Jurowski, to name but a few.
Mikhail was born in St Petersburg and graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in the class of Professor Minzhilkiev. He was awarded diplomas at the III International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition for Young Opera Singers (St Petersburg, 1998) and the 1st Elena Obraztsova Competition for Young Opera Singers. He became a finalist and diploma-winner at the Maria Callas New Verdi Voices Competition in Parma in 2000. Mikhail features on the recently released recording of Rachmaninov's The Bells with the Berliner Symphoniker conducted by Simon Rattle and released on Warner Classics.
Previous careers highlights have included both the title role in a new production of Duke Bluebeard's Castle and Prince Galitsky Prince Igor at the MET, Gounod's Faust with the Netherlands Opera and Grand Inquisitor Don Carlo for the Verbier Festival.
Engagements this season and beyond include Le nozze di Figaro at the MET, Bluebeard’s Castle with the Cleveland Orchestra, Damnation de Faust with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Shostakovich 13 with the Berliner Philarmoniker, Simon Boccanegra with La Scala performed at the Bolshoi, Tristan and Isolde at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and a return to the Met for Romeo et Juliet, Salome and Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
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