Mariinsky Theatre Guest Soloist
• People’s Artist of Azerbaijan (2018)
• Prize-winner at the VI Byulbyul International Vocalists’ Competition (Baku, 2012; 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the International Opera Singers’ Competition in Milan (2008; Grand Prix)
Yusif Eyvazov was born in Algiers in 1977. He started studying vocals at the Hajibeyov Baku Academy of Music. In 1997 he moved to Italy to continue his studies, living in Milan; he further trained at masterclasses conducted by Franco Corelli, Ghena Dimitrova, Magda Olivero, Plácido Domingo, Gianandrea Gavazzeni.
He launched his career as an opera singer at theatres and concert halls in Italy, performing the roles of Don José (Carmen; the Sala Tripcovich, Trieste, 2005), Alfredo (La traviata; Bisceglie, 2007) and the Duke (Rigoletto; Teatro Verdi, Milan, 2008). Has toured to Germany, Austria, Spain, Japan and South Korea. In 2010 he made his debut as Cavaradossi (Tosca) at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia (Moscow).
Yusif Eyvazov performs at the Metropolitan Opera, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Opéra de Paris, Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Los Angeles Opera, the Národní Divadlo opera house in Prague, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt am Main, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Semperoper in Dresden and the Royal Albert Hall in London among other venues as well as at the Salzburg Festival and the Arena di Verona. Collaborates with Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti, Antonio Pappano, Marco Armiliato, Riccardo Chailly and Tugan Sokhiev.
The singer’s repertoire generally comprises roles from operas by Puccini, Verdi, Leoncavallo and Mascagni (Canio in I pagliacci, Calaf in Turandot, Manrico in Il trovatore, Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West, Don Alvaro in La forza del destino, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana, Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera, Ismaele in Nabucco, Radamès in Aida and Macduff in Macbeth). He also performs the roles of Herman in The Queen of Spades, Maurizio of Saxony in Adriana Lecouvreur, Edgardo (Sir Edgar Ravenswood) in Lucia di Lammermoor, Otello in Otello and the tenor role in Verdi’s Requiem. Wider critical acclaim came with Eyvazov’s interpretation of the role of the chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut. In 2014 the singer was invited by Riccardo Muti to perform that role at the Opera di Roma, where he first sang together with Anna Netrebko. Eyvazov has subsequently been a regular stage partner of Netrebko and together with her has released the recordings Verismo and Romanza.
In 2018 the singer made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala, performing the role of Andrea Chénier in Giordano’s eponymous opera; the critics hailed that interpretation as one of the finest in recent years.
Recipient of Russia’s Golden Mask National Theatre Award (2018, special award “For a unique artistic duet in the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia’s production of Manon Lescaut”) and the Grand Prix de la Culture (Vienna, 2020).
Since 2016 he has appeared at the Mariinsky Theatre where he performs the roles of Calaf (Turandot), Maurizio of Saxony (Adriana Lecouvreur), Macduff (Macbeth), Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana), Radamès (Aida), Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) and Don Carlo in the eponymous opera.
Information for March 2021