Andrey Zhilikhovsky

Engagements this season and beyond Schaunard La bohème at the Opera de Paris, his US debut at Washington National Opera as Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia and further debuts at Opera di Roma, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and the Metropolitan Opera.


Moldovan baritone Andrey Zhilikhovsky completed his studies in choral conducting at the Stefan Nyaga Musical College in Chișinău, Moldova. Whilst at college, he also studied as a vocalist and upon graduation was given a place at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St Petersburg where he made his debut in the title role of Eugene Onegin.

He was a finalist in the St. Petersburg International Vocal Competition (2007) and went on to win third prize in the Obraztsova International Competition for Young Singers (2009) and third Prize at the Maria Bieshu International Vocal Competition.


Performance Schedule


  • 13 Jul 17 DONIZETTI Don Pasquale
    Glyndebourne Festival
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    “Andrey Zhilikhovsky’s Malatesta is the smoothest of operators, with the vocal skills to match; Zhilikhovsky’s virtuosic patter duet with Girolami, in particular, is a triumph.”
    Hannah Nepil, Financial Times, 14 July 2017

    “The finest principal performance comes from Andrey Zhilikhovsky as Malatesta – a suave, strongly sung account of the arch-manipulator.”
    George Hall, The Stage, 14 July 2017

    “The standout performance comes from Andrey Zhilikhovsky as Dr Malatesta, whose robust baritone combines with a strong ‘all-seeing’ presence.”
    Sam Smith, Music OMH, 17 July 2017

    “Zhilikhovsky’s baritone was unforced and focused, even of strength, and he used a resonant legato to shape the bel canto lines effectively. He was a convincingly cunning schemer…”
    Claire Seymour, Opera Today, 15 July 2017

    “Suave of both manner and voice, it was indeed the Malatesta of the Moldovian baritone Andrei Zhilikhovsky that practically stole the show.”
    Brian Robins, Opera Magazine, July 2017

  • 22 Oct 16 TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin
    Icelandic Opera
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    “Zhilikhovsky was very convincing, both as the arrogant Onegin and also as the devastated man in the end of the opera.”
    “Zhilikhovsky var einnig ákaflega sannfærandi, bæði sem hinn hrokafulli flagari og svo sem niðurbrotinn maður í lok óperunnar.”
    Jónas Sen, Fréttablaðið Newspaper, 25 October 2016

    “…most notable being the title role sung by the Moldovan baritone, Andrey Zhilikhovsky, something of an Onegin specialist. His was a splendid performance, matching a lovely rich voice with (and this is essential) the ability to turn from a libertine charmer into a man utterly broke by the missed opportunity for happiness and fulfilment.”
    Neil Jones, Opera Now, January 2017

    “Onegin himself evolved compellingly from terrifying control to sick-dog delirium- and was sung with eloquent focus by the Moldovan baritone Andrey Zhilikhovksy.”
    Hilary Finch, Opera Magazine, February 2017

  • 07 Sep 16 PUCCINI La bohème
    Teatro Municipal Santiago
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    “…the evening’s most interesting discovery was the young Moldovan baritone Andrey Zhilikhovsky: Schaunard doesn’t offer much opportunity to shine, but his few phrases were delivered in a well-pitched, sonorous and powerful voice, with a recognizable distinctive character.”
    Francisco Jose Folchi, Opera Magazine, December 2016

  • 08 Mar 16 TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta
    Opera de Paris
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    “The lower voices anchor the opera, Alexander Tsymbalyuk’s bass rich as lolanta’s father and Andrei Jihhovschi’s baritone dashing as the jaunty Robert.”
    Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 14 March 2016

    “Son père le roi René (Alexander Tsymbalyuk), Vaudémont (Arnold Rutkowski), Robert (Andrei Jilihovski) sont parfaitement incarnés. Et même si le jour de la première, les voix n’étaient pas encore totalement libérées, la beauté de la langue russe est évidente à l’oreille.”
    Sophie Jouve, Culture Box, 14 March 2016

    ” Excellent Robert aussi du baryton moldave Andrei Jilihovschi…”
    Alain Duault, Online Opera, 13 March 2016

    “Son entrée avec Andrei Jilihovschi, chanteur du Bolshoi, apporte un vent de fraîcheur à l’ensemble. Ce dernier déploie fougueusement sa voix de baryton dans une intervention très applaudie.”
    Damien Dutilleul, Olyirx, 12 March 2016

    “…baritone Andrei Zhilikhovsky’s loutish Robert (Iolanta’s intended) was gloriously sung.”
    Mark Pullinger, Bach Track, 12 March 2016

    “La voz es atractiva, de barítono lírico, desenvuelto en escena y cantando de manera adecuada.”
    CríticaSin Comentarios, Beckmesser, 13 March 2016

    ‘…in der Auftrittsszene der beiden Ritter singt Andrei Jilihovschi ihn als Robert mit seiner Hymne an Mathilde regelrecht an die Wand.’

    Wiebke Roloff, Opernwelt, 2016



BIZET Les Pecheurs des Perles (Zurga)
DONIZETTI Don Pasquale (Malatesta)
DONIZETTI L’elisir d’amore (Belcore)
GOUNOD Faust (Valentin)
GOUNOD Romeo et Juliette (Mercutio)
MASSENET Cherubin (Count)
MASSENET Werther (Albert)
MOZART Le nozze di Figaro (Conte)
MOZART Così fan tutte (Guglielmo)
MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov (Shelkalov)
PUCCINI La Bohème (Marcello)
ROSSINI Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
ROSSINI Le Comte Ory
TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin (Onegin)
TCHAIKOVSKY Pique Dame (Yeletsky)
TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta (Robert)


BRAHMS Requiem
FAURE Requiem
MAHLER Des Knaben Wunderhorn
MAHLER Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
MOZART Mass in C minor
POULENC Chansons Gaillardes
SCHUBERT Winterreise
SCHUMANN Dichterliebe