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; Sala Tripcovich, Trieste, 2005), Alfredo Germont (La traviata; Bisceglie, 2007) and the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto; Teatro Verdi, Milan, 2008). Has toured to Germany, Austria, Spain, Japan and South Korea. In 2010 he made his debut as Mario Cavaradossi (Tosca) at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia (Moscow).
Yusif Eyvazov performs at the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Opéra national de Paris, Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Los Angeles Opera, the National Theatre in Prague, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Ravenna’s Teatro Alighieri, the Semperoper 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 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 the eponymous opera 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 Teatro dell’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).
In 2016 he made his Mariinsky Theatre debut, singing the role of Calaf in Turandot.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Herman (The Queen of Spades)
Maurizio of Saxony (Adriana Lecouvreur)
Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana)
Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto)
Don Carlo (Don Carlo)
Mario Cavaradossi (Tosca)
Chevalier des Grieux (Manon Lescaut)
Manrico (Il trovatore)
Information for January 2022