Vitaly Efanov

Vitaly Efanov

Vitaly Efanov graduated from the Novosibirsk State Conservatory in 1998. In 1994, he joined the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, where he performed the leading bass parts in Dargomyzhsky’s The Mermaid, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina, Borodin’s Prince Igor, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Eugene Onegin, Rachmaninov’s Aleko, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Verdi’s Aida, Thomas’s Hamlet, Puccini’s La Boheme, and Young David by Kobekin (world premiere).

Vitaly Efanov joined the Novaya Opera Theatre in 2000. As a Novaya Opera soloist, he performed in many Russian cities, Israel, and Cyprus. He also sang in Germany, Spain and Portugal and took part in the International Opera Festivals in Bulgaria and South Korea.

In 2009, he appeared as Fafner in a concert version of Wagner’s Das Rheingold in Sopot, Poland. He sang the part of Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Met Opera in 2011. In the same year he appeared as Pimen in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov at the Dallas Opera. In 2015, he sang the title role in Boris Godunov at the National Theatre in Prague, the part of Sobakin in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride at the Israeli Opera in Tel-Aviv, King Marke in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the International May Festival of Wiesbaden (Germany).

The singer’s concert repertoire includes the bass parts in Mozart’s and Verdi’s Requiems, Shostakovich’s Symphonies 13 and 14, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Vitaly Efanov has worked with prominent conductors such as Arnold Katz, Eri Klas, Evgeny Kolobov, Gintaras Rinkevicius, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Paolo Arrivabeni, Jan Latham-Koenig, Graeme Jenkins, and Petr Kofron. Among the directors Vitaly has worked with are Dmitri Chernyakov, Achim Freyer, Jossi Wieler, Sergio Morabito, Steven Lawless, Kasper Holten, Nicola Raab and Linda Keprtova.

Awards and Honours:

  • Honoured Artist of Russia (2019)
  • First Prize of the Dnishev International Song Competition
  • Prize of the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Competition in Vienna

Roles performed at the Novaya Opera:

Boris Godunov in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov
Gavrushka in Shostakovich's The Gamblers
Grandfather Frost, Bermyata, Second Herald in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden
Gremin in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin
King René in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta
Konchak in Borodin's Prince Igor
Old Servant in Rubinstein's The Demon
Ruslan, Svetozar in Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila
Surin in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades
Vasily Sobakin in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride
Cecil in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda
Claudius in Thomas's Hamlet
Count Monterone, Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto
King Heinrich in Wagner's Lohengrin
La Roche in Strauss's Capriccio
Marke, King of Cornwall in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
Oroveso in Bellini's Norma
Salieri in O Mozart! Mozart… (Requiem)
Sarastro in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte
Zaccaria in Verdi's Nabucco
Ferrando in Verdi's Il trovatore
Loredano in Verdi's I due Foscari
Colline in Puccini's La bohème
First SS-Man in Weinberg's The Passenger
Frère Laurent in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette
Méphistophélès in Gounod's Faust
Raimondo Bidebent in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor
Ramfis in Verdi's Aida
The Bonze in Puccini's Madama Butterfly
Miller in Dargomyzhsky’s The Mermaid (in concert)
Thibaut d'Arc in Tchaikovsky's The Maid of Orleans (in concert)
Second Soldier in Strauss' Salome (in concert)
Bass parts in the musical performances Viva Verdi!, Richard Wagner
Bass part in Verdi’s Requiem, Puccini's Messa di Gloria
Parts in the productions: Romances by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergey Rachmaninov (concert)Bravissimo! (opera mix), Rossini (musical divertissement), This is Opera! (dramatized performance)


Vincenzo Bellini. Norma (DVD) — Oroveso
Giuseppe Verdi. Rigoletto (DVD) — Count Monterone
Giuseppe Verdi. Requiem (CD) — Bass


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