One vocally dramatic flash in the performance came with the scene at the inn on the Lithuanian border with Varlaam the monk performed by Denis Begansky, a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. He succeeded in portraying just what elemental power lies hidden within a semi-literate people as soon as some extreme situation arises.
Sankt-Peterburgskie Vedomosti, 11 August 2020 (Boris Godunov at the Opera for All festival in St Petersburg)
• Prize-winner at the Rimsky-Korsakov International Young Opera Singers' Competition (Tikhvin, 2018, 2nd prize in the chamber music category)
Denis Begansky was born in the town of Borisovo. In 2006 he graduated from the college of the Belorussian Academy of Music and in 2013 he graduated from the Russian Herzen Pedagogical University (class of Alexei Steblyanko, People's Artist of the RSFSR).
Joined the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers in 2013. Has toured with the company to Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Italy and Germany. Has participated in the Baltic Sea Festival, the BBC Proms, a festival of the Russian National Orchestra, Opera for All, Stars of the White Nights and the Moscow Easter Festival.
Has appeared under such conductors as Leon Botstein, Vincent de Cort, Joseph Olefirowicz, Nikolaj Znaider, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Valery Gergiev among others.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Buff (Der Schauspieldirektor),
Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore),
Baron Duphol (La traviata),
Second Soldier (Salome),
Podkolesin (The Marriage),
First Strelets (Khovanshchina),
Lavitsky the Jesuit (Boris Godunov),
General Polkan (The Golden Cockerel),
a Jester (The Tale of Tsar Saltan),
a Scribe (May Night),
a Guard (The Maid of Pskov),
Zaretsky, Rotny (Eugene Onegin),
the Giant (The Giant),
a Fat Englishman (The Gambler),
General Belliard (War and Peace),
a Worker (The Fiery Angel),
a Convivial Fellow (Orango),
Alexander Bubentsov (Moscow, Cheryomushki),
General Yepanchin (The Idiot),
Kondurushkin (Not Love Alone),
the Red Sweater (Lolita),
July, May, February (A Christmas Tale),
Atamansha (The Story of Kai and Gerda),
Yemelian Chernozemny (The Newly-Weds),
and Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka (Shponka and His Aunt),
Frank (Die Fledermaus).
In concert performances, he has appeared in operatic roles including Publio (La clemenza di Tito), Hortensius (La Fille du regiment), Gubetta (Lucrezia Borgia), Rolando (Gemma di Vergy), Mustafa (L'italiana in Algeri), Blansac (La scala di seta), a Praetor (La gazza ladra), Crébillon (La rondine), Valinov (Siberia), the King (Le Roi d'Ys), Baron Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier), Don Estoban (Der Zwerg), Martin, King John (Candide), the Commander's Statue (The Stone Guest), Gispo, a Centurion (Servilia), Dorosh (Pan Voyevoda), Prince Vereisky, Arkhip (Dubrovsky), Christopher Lemm (The Noble Nest), Yakov Matveyevich (Rothschild's Violin), Pyotr Melekhov (And Quiet Flows the Don), Domenichino (The Gadfly), Gifliard (Colas Breugnon), Hortesino (The Taming of the Shrew), Livery (Dr Zhivago), Skalozub (Woe from Wit) and Ilya Vasilievich (The Cossacks).
Regularly appears in chamber music concerts of the Academy of Young Opera Singers.
Repertoire also includes: Colas (Bastien und Bastienne), Don Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Schaunard (La Bohème), Varlaam, Mityukha (Boris Godunov), Frost, Bermyata, Maslenitsa (The Snow Maiden) and Malyuta Skuratov (The Tsar's Bride).