Considered one of the most promising voices on the international opera and concert circuit, the Austrian tenor Nikolai Schukoff started his career as a lyric voice, but has since developed towards heavier roles. Thus, he sang Jean (Massenet’s Hérodiade) at the Gasteig Cultural Centre in Munich, and Don José (Carmen) and Siegfried (Götterdämmerung) at the Théâtre Musical du Châtelet in Paris. He also performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia under Gustavo Dudamel, Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, London Philharmonic Orchestra under Eschenbach and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Marek Janowski; further, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at the San Sebastian Festival, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam under Jaap van Zweden and with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eschenbach at the Lucerne and Berlin festivals, and Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass with the Orquesta Nacional in Madrid. He brought the house down as Siegmund in a concert version of the first act of Die Walküre at the Philharmonie in Berlin and scored his most recent operatic successes as Sergey (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as well as Parsifal and Dionysus in a new production of The Bassarides at the Munich State Opera in Munich. Recent concert performances include Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde at the Royal Festival Hall in London and Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in Paris, both under Christoph Eschenbach, Schoenberg's Gurrelieder in Saragossa and Barcelona, Max in Freischütz at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Siegmund in Walküre Act 1 with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Marek Janowski in Geneva, Danilo in Merry Widow at the Hamburg State Opera, Parsifal and Erik in Flying Dutchman at the Munich State Opera, Parsifal in Dresden and Erik in Flying Dutchman at the Edinburgh Festival 2009.
In October 2009 Mr. Schukoff performed Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in Paris under Christoph Eschenbach as well as Das klagende Lied under Daniele Gatti, followed by Steva in a new production of Jenufa at the Teatro Real in Madrid in December 2009, and Pollione in Norma at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in January 2010.