Nikolai Putilin

The star of the Mariinsky, a performer of major baritone roles at the world’s great theatres, has been called a thinking actor with a powerful tragic temperament and truly divine voice.

Putilin is not just a brilliant baritone, but also one of the finest actors on the operatic stage anywhere in the world.


• People’s Artist of Russia
• People’s Artist of Tatarstan
• Recipient of the State Prize of Russia
• Prize-winner at the I International Fyodor Chaliapin Vocalists’ Competition (2nd prize, 1989)
• Prize-winner at the International Vocalists’ Competition in Sofia (1988)

Nikolai Putilin was born in the Saratov Region. He graduated from the Krasnoyarsk Institute of Arts in 1983 (class of Professor Ioffel). Soloist with the Syktyvkar Musical Theatre (Komi Republic) from 1983–1985. Soloist with the Musa Dzhalil Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (Kazan) from 1985–1992.
Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 1992.

Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Boris Godunov, Shchelkalov, Rangoni (Boris Godunov)
Shaklovity (Khovanshchina)
Prince Igor (Prince Igor)
Demon (The Demon)
Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin)
Mazepa (Mazepa)
Robert, Ebn-Hakia (Iolanta)
Tomsky, Zlatogor (The Queen of Spades)
Mizgir (The Snow Maiden)
Venetian Merchant (Sadko)
Grigory Gryaznoi (The Tsar’s Bride)
Fyodor Poyarok (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia)
the Emperor of China (Le Rossignol)
Ruprecht (The Fiery Angel)
Tonio (I pagliacci)
Nabucco (Nabucco)
Amonasro (Aida)
Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
Giorgio Germont (La traviata)
Don Carlo (La forza del destino)
Marquis di Posa (Don Carlo)
Iago (Otello)
Baron Scarpia (Tosca)
Valentin (Faust)
Escamillo (Carmen)
Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro)
the Dutchman (Der Fliegende Holländer)
Alberich (Das Rheingold, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung)
Klingsor (Parsifal)
Jokanaan (Salome)
the Messenger of the Spirits (Die Frau ohne Schatten)

Nikolai Putilin has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company and independently to Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Great Britain, Japan, the USA, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Korea, Israel and Luxemburg. He has performed at renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera and the Chicago Lyric Opera (USA), the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Great Britain), La Scala (Italy) and the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome as well as appearing at the Salzburg Festival.

The singer’s recordings include The Queen of Spades, Sadko, Iolanta, La forza del destino, Mazepa, Prince Igor and Boris Godunov (Mariinsky Opera Company, Philips Classics and NHK).

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