12 May 2021
Young tenor Alexander Timchenko wins us over with his pure and clear timbre, rare nobility of manner and fine taste.
Alexander Timchenko was born in Leningrad. He graduated from the Glinka Choral School of the St Petersburg State Academic Capella in 1993 and subsequently from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, having specialised in choral conducting and vocals. Soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers from 2001. In 2002 he made his Mariinsky Theatre debut as Lensky (Eugene Onegin). Mariinsky Opera Company soloist since 2005.
His repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
God’s Fool (Boris Godunov)
Kashchey (Kashchey the Immortal)
Tsarevich Guidon (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Lensky (Eugene Onegin)
Chekalinsky (The Queen of Spades)
The Fisherman (Le Rossignol)
Oedipus (Oedipus Rex)
Zinovy Borisovich (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk)
Mephistopheles (The Fiery Angel)
Platon Karataev, Anatol Kuragin (War and Peace)
Smerdyakov (The Brothers Karamazov)
Count Kiselvrode (The Lefthander)
Protopope Avvakum (Boyarina Morozova in concert)
Manilov (Dead Souls)
Beppe (I pagliacci)
Faust (La Damnation de Faust in concert)
Gonzalve (L’Heure espagnole)
Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni)
Ferrando (Così fan tutte)
Tamino (Die Zauberflöte)
Froh (Das Rheingold)
The Shepherd (Tristan und Isolde)
Hylas (Les Troyens)
The Dance Master (Ariadne auf Naxos)
Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw)
Albert Gregor (The Makropulos Affair)
Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
The Male Narrator (The Rape of Lucretia in concert).
Has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to Austria, the Netherlands, Japan, Finland, France and Spain (Las Palmas). In 2007 in Moscow, he took part in the Russian premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s opera The Enchanted Wanderer. He made his international debut in 2009 as Oedipus (Oedipus Rex) at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
He was the first performer of the role of Count Kiselvrode in the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin's opera The Lefthander, staged at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2013.
The singer’s discography includes recordings of Verdi’s Requiem (St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Honoured Ensemble of Russia, conducted by Yuri Temirkanov, 2009) and Stravinsky’s Les Noces (conducted by Valery Gergiev, 2010).