8 June 2023
If we are speaking about the performers of the lead roles, then the level of drama Akhmed Agadi brought to the opera deserved the loftiest praise. He somehow brought to mind the great performers of this role ‹Lensky in Pyotr Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin› and, you may well believe, he was not lost among their ranks.
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Akhmed Agadi has a voice that has technique, rare beauty and suppleness.
• Honoured Artist of Russia (1999)
• People’s Artist of Tatarstan (2001)
• Gabdulla Tukai State Prize (2008)
• Diploma-recipient at the All-Russian Glinka Vocalists’ Competition (1993)
Akhmed Agadi graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in 1993 (class of Yevgeny Kibkalo). In 1993 he became a soloist with the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow, where he performed the roles of Bayan (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Mozart (Mozart and Salieri), Young Gipsy (Aleko), Don Antonio (Betrothal in a Monastery), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Arlecchino (I pagliacci), Rodolfo (La bohème), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Faust (Faust) and Alfred (Die Fledermaus).
He joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2005 and made his debut at the Mariinsky as Rodolfo in La bohème,/i>.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Rodolfo (La bohème)
Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly)
Don Carlo (Don Carlo)
Alfredo Germont (La traviata)
Don Alvaro (La forza del destino)
Edgardo Ravenswood (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto)
Mario Cavaradossi (Tosca)
Vaudémont (Iolanta in concert)
Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra)
Paco (La vida breve in concert)
Manrico (Il trovatore)
Vassili (Siberia in concert)
Maurice de Saxe (Adriana Lecouvreur)
Dick Johnson (La fanciulla del West)
Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana)
Chevalier des Grieux (Manon Lescaut in concert)
Enzo Grimaldo (La Gioconda, in concert)
The singer’s repertoire also includes the tenor roles in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and Das Lied von der Erde and Rachmaninoff’s vocal-symphony poem The Bells.
Akhmed Agadi performs at many prestigious opera houses. He has appeared in productions by the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, the Amsterdam Opera, the Royal Danish Opera, the Budapest Opera, the Opéra de Strasbourg, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in such roles as Alfredo (La traviata), the Duke (Rigoletto), Don Carlo (Don Carlo), Radames (Aida), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Calaf (Turandot) and José (Carmen). He has taken part in tours by the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre to Germany (the Am Bodensee festival in Friedrichshafen, 1993), South Korea (1997 and 2003) and the USA (2002). He has performed in France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, Latvia, Argentina and Turkey. He has been a guest performer at opera festivals in Nizhny Novgorod, Chişinău and Saratov. In 1998 he was named best singer at the Fyodor Chaliapin International Opera Festival in Kazan. He also has appeared at the Baden-Baden opera festival where he performed as Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Rodolfo (La bohème) under Valery Gergiev.