20 June 2016
In a short space of time he succeeded in captivating the hearts of St Petersburg residents with his unusually powerful voice with its beautiful timbre, his genuine emotionality, his extreme sincerity and his self-giving.
Baritone Edem Umerov may be called the true hero of the evening without any exaggeration. His strong, monolithic voice, brilliantly even across the entire range, flies over the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra without effort. <…> The singer breathes well and has excellent diction. He proved himself to be not just a brilliant musician who created a well thought out and deeply felt image (I’m not even going to mention the amazing ‘A flat’ in the famous aria!); Edem Umerov succeeded in conveying the sheer scale of his character’s personality – and that is something only Artists with a capital ‘A’ can do.
Edem Umerov was born in Samarkand. In 1991 he graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (classes of Professors Steblyanko, Okhotnikov and Zastavny). Lead soloist with the St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company from 1992. Joined the Mariinsky opera Company in 1998.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Boris Godunov, Rangoni, Mityukha (Boris Godunov)
Prince Kurlyatev, Ivan Zhuran (The Enchantress)
Tomsky, Zlatogor (The Queen of Spades)
Yushko Velebin (The Maid of Pskov)
Grigory Gryaznoi (The Tsar’s Bride)
Igor Svyatoslavich (Prince Igor)
Dolokhov, Denisov (War and Peace)
Tonio (I pagliacci)
John Falstaff (Falstaff)
a Mandarin (Turandot)
Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde)
Alberich (Das Rheingold, Siegfried)
Alberich, Gunther (Götterdämmerung)
the High Priest (Samson et Dalila)
Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten)
Roger (Król Roger)
Duke Bluebeard (Duke Bluebeard's Castle)
The singer’s repertoire also includes the roles of Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin), Columbus (Alexander Smelkov’s Fifth Journey of Christopher Columbus) and Geronimo (Il matrimonio segreto).
Together with the Mariinsky Opera Company he has toured to Great Britain (the Real Opera House, Covent Garden), Italy (La Scala, Ravenna Festival), Spain (the Teatro Real), Germany (Baden-Baden) and Israel.