Sergei Leiferkus has appeared with major opera companies and symphony orchestras in the West since the early 1980s, when he made his début with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Kurt Masur. Since then he has appeared frequently at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Vienna State Opera; the Opera Bastille, Paris; La Scala, Milan; San Francisco Opera; the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam; Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires and at the Edinburgh, Bregenz, Glyndebourne and Salzburg Easter Festivals. He has also appeared with orchestras such as the London Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra under major conductors including Claudio Abbado, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa and Sir Georg Solti.
His operatic roles include Eugene Onegin, Mazeppa, Telramund, Klingsor, Pizarro, Amonasro, Don Carlo in La forza del destino, Scarpia, Don Giovanni, Mephistopheles in La damnation de Faust, Escamillo, Rangoni, Prince Igor, Iago, Nabucco, Macbeth, Simon Boccanegra and many others.
Sergei Leiferkus has recorded for BMG/Conifer (with whom he has recorded the complete songs of Musorgsky, the first volume of which was nominated for a Grammy award, the second volume of which won a 1997 Cannes Classical award and the same year three of the CDs were awarded a Diapason d'Or), Decca, Philips, DG, Chandos, Sony and Teldec, and videos of his operatic performances are available on Kultur, RM Arts, National Video Corporation and others.
Sergei Leiferkus has given memorable song recitals at various international venues, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Wigmore Hall, London, the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Lincoln Center, the Frick Collection, New York, and in many other cities across the United States as well as at the Tanglewood Festival, the Philharmonie, Cologne and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. He has also given masterclasses in Berlin, Toronto and Boston, and appears regularly in this capacity at the Britten-Pears School, Aldeburgh.
Future engagements include Telramund in Lohengrin at the Dallas Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, The Bells with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, title role in Eugene Onegin in concert performances with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC conducted by Leonard Slatkin, Telramund in concert performances of Lohengrin with the New Japan Philharmonic and Alberich in concert performances of The Ring with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano.
Last updated: February 27, 2007