Edward Tsanga

Eduard Tsanga (Figaro) dazzles with the smoothness of his voice, his powers of endurance and the necessary power.


… The young bass Eduard Tsanga is unrivalled. One could draw conclusions about his acting skills in the spoken dialogues which prove a stumbling block for many an opera singer: here every possible oral defect, dialect and the inability to fill out every word are all exposed. Tsanga displayed that rare gift of communicativeness without playacting, which is incredibly uncommon in opera.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta


• Honoured Artist of the Republic of Komi
• Prize-winner at the International Elena Obraztsova Competition (2003; 2nd prize)
• Prize-winner at the International Pavel Lisitsian Competition (2003; 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the IV International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers' Competition (St Petersburg, 2000; special prize)
• Prize-winner at the International Boris Christoff Competition (Bulgaria, 2000; special audience prize)
• Prize-winner at the International Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition (2003)

Edward Tsanga was born in Syktyvkar (Republic of Komi) and graduated from the Nizhny Novgorod Glinka Conservatoire (class of Professor Sedov).
In 2000 he was invited to join the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers, and since 2008 he has been a member of the Mariinsky Opera Company.

Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Prince Galitsky (Prince Igor)
Ruslan (Ruslan and Lyudmila)
Rangoni (Boris Godunov)
Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin)
Surin (The Queen of Spades)
Kichiga (The Enchantress)
Panas (Christmas Eve)
Kalenik (May Night)
Grandfather Frost (The Snow Maiden)
Tsar Saltan, Jester (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
General Polkan (The Golden Cockerel)
Ataman Platov (The Lefthander)
Aleko (Aleko)
An Englishman (The Gambler)
Leander (Love for Three Oranges)
Father Augustine (Betrothal in a Monastery)
Dolokhov (War and Peace)
Newspaper Official (The Nose)
Bonze (Le Rossignol)
December (A Christmas Tale)
Creon (Oedipus Rex)
Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Lord Sidney (Il viaggio a Reims)
Colline (La bohème)
Mandarin (Turandot)
Narbal (Les Troyens)
Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro)
Don Giovanni and Masetto (Don Giovanni)
Papageno (Die Zauberflöte)
Donner, Fazolt (Das Rheingold)
Gunther (Götterdämmerung)
Second Knight of the Grail (Parsifal)
Orest (Elektra)
Escamillo (Carmen)
Abimelech (Samson et Dalila)

Edward Tsanga has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to London and Paris and to cities throughout Finland, South Korea and Germany. He sang as Leander in a new production of Prokofiev's Love for Three Oranges at the Teatro Real (Madrid), as well as in Aix-en-Provence (France) and in Luxembourg.

He was the first performer of the role of Ataman Platov in the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin's opera The Lefthander, staged at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2013.

Died at the age of thirty-seven on 14 January 2017.

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