Evgeny Nikitin was born in Murmansk in 1973 and entered the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1992. Aged 23, he was engaged as a soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre. Invitations now take him to sing in major theatres and festivals through Europe, the United States and Japan. 2002 marked his debut at the Metropolitan Opera House as Dolokhov (War and Peace). His operatic returns to New York include Colline (La Bohème), Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg), Fasolt (Das Rheingol) and Oreste (Elektra).
He made his Parisian debut at the Théâtre du Châtelet in the title role of Rubinstein’s The Demon and he returned in 2005 to sing the title role in Boris Godunov. Recent engagements include Jochanaan (Salome), Klingsor (Parsifal) and the title role of Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero at the Paris National Opera; Der fliegende Holländer in Baden Baden (Gergiev) and Leipzig ; Fasolt at Le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Rattle); The Wanderer at the BBC Proms (Eschenbach); Amfortas (Parsifal) in Valencia (Maazel). He made his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich in 2008 as Jochanaan and returned there as Klingsor and for a new production of Lohengrin. Recent concert performances include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Seoul (Chung), Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death (Eschenbach), Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the LSO and Rubinstein’s The Demon at the Barbican.
He maintains his relationship with the Mariinsky Theatre, singing the leading bass-baritone roles there, including Boris Godunov, Prince Igor, Ruslan, Filippo (Don Carlo), Prince Igor, the title role of Der fliegender Holländer, Amfortas (Parsifal) Wotan (Das Rheingold), The Wanderer (Siegfried).
Evgeny Nikitin appeared with the Mariinsky Theatre at the Kennedy Center last month. He also sings Der fliegende Holländer in Toronto and New Orleans as well as Pogner (Die Meistersinger) in Cincinnati, returns to the Met for a new production of Boris Godunov and sings in a new production of Attila at the White Nights Festival in Saint Petersburg.
Evgeny Nikitin has recorded Rangoni (Boris Godunov) and Remeniuk (Semyon Kotko) both for Philips Classics and has recently recorded Amfortas (Parsifal) for future release with the Mariinsky Theatre.