There came, finally, a pleasant discovery in Alexander Mikhailov (whom Valery Gergiev had not previously brought to Moscow), a young tenor with a sound middle register and soaring high notes: his Faust is a creation that is pleasing not just in vocal terms but because of its stylistic finish as well.
Sergey Khodnev, Kommersant, 19 November 2020
• Diploma recipient at the XVII International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow – St Petersburg, 2023)
• Prize-winner at the 4th International B.T. Shtokolov Vocal Competition (St Petersburg, 2014; 2nd prize)
• Prize-winner at the 42nd All-Russian Review Competition of Graduate Vocalists of Higher Institutes of Music (St Petersburg, 2014)
• Diploma recipient at the 5th Georgy Sviridov International Chamber Singing Competition (Kursk, 2014)
• Finalist and diploma recipient at the International Voice Competition Le Grand Prix de l’Opéra (Bucharest, 2014)
Alexander Mikhailov was born in Murmansk in 1990. In 2009 he graduated from the Choral Conducting Faculty of the Murmansk College of Arts (class of Larisa Filatova), and in 2014 he graduated from the Faculty of Vocal Studies and Directing of the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory (class of Valentina Gagen).
Made his debut at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2014 in Hector Berlioz’ Les Troyens.
Since 2016 Alexander Mikhailov has been a member of the Mariinsky Opera Company.
In 2016–2018 he was a fellow of the Atkins Young Artists Program at the Mariinsky Theatre.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
The Prince (Mermaid by Dargomyzhsky, concert performance)
Lensky (Eugene Onegin)
Andrei Morozov (The Oprichnik)
Prince Yuri (The Enchantress)
Levko (May Night)
Tsar Berendey (The Snow Maiden)
King Charles VII (The Maid of Orleans)
Vakula the Smith (Christmas Eve)
Ivan Lykov (The Tsar’s Bride)
Young Gypsy (Aleko, concert performance)
The Nose (The Nose)
Anatole Kuragin and Gérard (War and Peace)
Father Elustaf, Pablo and the First Masker (Betrothal in a Monastery)
First Croupier (The Gambler)
Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin (Weinberg’s The Idiot)
The Lefthander (The Lefthander)
April (A Christmas Tale)
Claire Quilty (Lolita)
A Magus (The Damned Apostle, concert performance)
Kakhovsky, Ippolit and a Messenger (Eclipse, concert performance)
Idomeneo (Idomeneo, re di Creta)
Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni)
Ramiro (La Cenerentola)
Count Libenskof (Il viaggio a Reims)
Sir Edgar Ravenswood (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Lord Arturo Talbo (I puritani, concert performance)
Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera)
Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto)
Alfredo Germont (La traviata)
Arrigo (I vespri siciliani)
Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra)
Cassio (Verdi’s Otello)
Rodolfo (La bohème)
The Abbé de Chazeuil (Adriana Lecouvreur)
Nick (La fanciulla del West)
Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi)
Narraboth and the First Jew (Salome)
Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos, concert performance)
Vision of a Boy (Die Frau ohne Schatten)
Benvenuto Cellini (Benvenuto Cellini)
Faust (Gounod’s Faust)
Faust (La Damnation de Faust)
Tonio (La Fille du régiment, concert performance)
Iopas and Hylas (Les Troyens)
Œdipus (Stravinsky’s Œdipus Rex)
Tenor parts in Mozart’s Requiem, Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette and Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and Orff’s Carmina Burana
Has sung in premieres of new Mariinsky Theatre productions of Les Troyens (2014), The Oprichnik (2015), The Maid of Orleans (2021), Benvenuto Cellini (2021) and in the theatre’s premieres of The Idiot (2016) and Adriana Lecouvreur (2017). Has appeared at the world premieres of the operas A Christmas Tale by Rodion Shchedrin (2015), The Damned Apostle by Pyotr Gekker (2015) and Eclipse by Alexander Raskatov (2018) at the Mariinsky Theatre. In 2016 the singer has taken part in St Petersburg’s premiere of Simon Boccanegra at the theatre.
Repertoire also includes the role of an Indian Merchant (Sadko).
Has appeared as the Duke of Mantua at the National Theatre in Prague. In 2021 he has performed in the world premiere of Viktor Pleshak’s poetoria The Hidden Word (Teacher and Pupil. Nikolai Klyuev and Sergey Yesenin) at the Grand Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonia.