1 April 2023
Relaxed, with soft and plastique movements, cynically good-humoured, yet not at all simple. This is a flamboyant Tomsky as interpreted by Viktor Korotich. His vocal expression and distinct volumetric pronunciation are excellent.
• Honoured Artist of the Republic of North Ossetia–Alania (2010)
• Recipient of the St Petersburg City Government Prize for Culture and Arts (2020; for the role of Iago in the opera Otello at the Zazerkalye theatre)
• Recipient of the Onegin National Opera Award and St Petersburg’s most prestigious theatre prize, the Golden Sofit (2018; for the role of Grigory Gryaznoi in the opera The Tsar’s Bride at the Zazerkalye theatre)
• Prize-winner at the 24th International Singing Competition of Clermont-Ferrand (2015)
• Diploma-recipient at the 8th Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Opera Singers (St Petersburg, 2011)
Viktor Korotich was born in Nizhnevartovsk. In 2005 he graduated from the Prokofiev Donetsk State Music Academy (class of Professor Gennady Kalikin). Began his career at the Solovyanenko Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre.
In 2007 he entered the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers. Made his Mariinsky Theatre debut in October 2007 in a performance of Die Zauberflöte.
Mariinsky Opera soloist since 2015.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Count Tomsky and Zlatogor (The Queen of Spades)
A Venetian Merchant (Sadko)
Prince Ivan-Korolevich (Kashchei the Immortal)
Pantalone (The Love for Three Oranges)
Ferdinand (Betrothal in a Monastery)
Chertokutsky (The Carriage)
Ivan (The Brothers Karamazov by Smelkov)
Alexander I and Nicholas I (The Lefthander)
Minsky (The Station Master)
Don Carlos (The Stone Guest)
Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini)
Rodrigo (Don Carlo)
Papageno (Die Zauberflöte)
Belcore (L’elisir d’amore)
Dr Malatesta (Don Pasquale)
Silvano (Un ballo in maschera)
Guglielmo (Così fan tutte)
Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi)
Don Alvaro (Il viaggio a Reims)
Escamillo and Dancaïre (Carmen)
Giorgio Germont (La traviata)
Count di Luna (Il trovatore)
Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly)
Valentin (Faust by Gounod)
Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia, concert performance)
Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos)
Chorèbe (Les Troyens)
Fieramosca (Benvenuto Cellini)
Has sung in premiere performances of productions of Don Carlo (2012), Faust (2013), Il barbiere di Siviglia (2014), Benvenuto Cellini (2017) and Falstaff (2018).
Repertoire also includes the roles of Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin), Prince Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades), Robert and Ibn-Hakia (Iolanta), Aleko (Aleko), Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (War and Peace), Lord Henry Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut), Silvio and Prologue (Pagliacci) and the baritone roles in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Britten’s War Requiem.
He was the first performer of the role of Chertokutsky in the comical one-act The Carriage by Vyacheslav Kruglik, staged at the Music Festival honouring two centuries since the birth of Nikolai Gogol, and the roles of Alexander I and Nicholas I at the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s opera The Lefthander at the Mariinsky Theatre (2013).
In 2011 he was a semi-finalist at the World Opera Competition Operalia in Moscow. Was rewarded with an honorary diploma of the Theatre Mask of Ossetia prize for his performance of the role of Escamillo in the opera Carmen (2010).
Has toured with the Mariinsky Theatre to Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Germany and Switzerland. He is a regular participant in the Moscow Easter Festival and the Stars of the White Nights festival.