26 November 2020
"Alexander Morozov, a leading bass with the Leningrad Kirov Opera, sang the title role impressively. His voice was rich in texture and well projected, and his acting style was admirable in its reserve and detail. His was not a lunatic Boris, but a Boris with a deeply troubled conscience."
The San Diego Union (October 23, 1989)
"Pimen's tale, convincingly portrayed by Alexander Morozov, was one of the highlights. All these brilliant vocal feats met with suitably clamorous and lengthy applause."
OO Nachrichten (August 5, 1997)
"There was also a splendid, energetic Pimen, sung by Alexander Morozov (Mariinsky Theatre)."
Expresso (Portugal, 2001)
• Honoured Artist of Russia
• Prize winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition – 1st prize, Gold Medal and special prize (Moscow, 1986)
• Prize-winner at the International Rio de Janeiro Competition – Grand Prix (1983)
• Diploma-recipient at the All-Union Glinka Vocalists’ Competition (Minsk, 1981)
• Recipient of the order For Services to the Fatherland, second class
Alexander Morozov was born in Leningrad. He graduated from the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 1983 (class of Professor N.N. Okhotnikov). He joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 1984.
Roles he has performed at the Mariinsky Theatre include:
Ruslan (Ruslan and Lyudmila)
Prince Galitsky, Prince Igor (Prince Igor)
Pimen, Boris Godunov, Rangoni (Boris Godunov)
Chernobog (Sorochintsy Fair)
Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin)
Surin, Zlatogor (The Queen of Spades)
King René, Ebn-Hakia (Iolanta)
Prince Vyazminsky (The Oprichnik)
Ivan the Terrible (The Maid of Pskov)
The King of the Sea (Sadko)
Tsar Saltan (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Gusliar (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia)
Storm Knight (Kashchei the Immortal in concert)
Emperor of China (Le Rossignol)
Old Gypsy, Aleko (Aleko)
Celio (The Love for Three Oranges)
Count Ilya Rostov, Field-Marshal Kutuzov, Dolokhov, General Rayevsky (War and Peace)
Dr Faustus, Inquisitor (The Fiery Angel)
Doctor (The Nose)
Old Prisoner (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk)
Governor (Dead Souls)
Grand Inquisitor (The Brothers Karamazov)
Rodolfo (La sonnambula)
Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Doctor Grenvil (La traviata)
Bass (stage version of Verdi's Requiem)
Grande Inquisitore (Don Carlo)
King of Egypt, Ramfis (Aida)
Coppélius, Dr Miracle (Les Contes d’Hoffmann)
Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro)
Commendatore (Don Giovanni)
Donner, Fasolt (Das Rheingold)
Archbishop (Król Roger)
Dr Kolenatý (The Makropulos Affair)
Theseus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
His repertoire also includes the bass roles in Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem and Shostakovich’s Thirteenth Symphony as well as concert programmes of folk songs and Russian and European classical works.
Together with the Mariinsky Opera Company, Alexander Morozov has toured to Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the USA, Israel, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Luxemburg, Sweden, Argentina and Chile; he has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival (UK), the Salzburg Festival (Austria) and the Savonlinna and Mikkeli Festivals (Finland).
As a guest soloist, he performs at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London), the Opéra Bastille, the Metropolitan Opera (New York), the Arena di Verona, the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), the National Opera of Israel (Tel Aviv), Scottish Opera and the opera houses in Amsterdam, San Diego, Seattle and San Francisco. He appears in performances and concerts as part of the Salzburg Festival, the Moscow Easter Festival and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He has worked with many renowned conductors, among them Claudio Abbado, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Mark Ermler, Alexander Lazarev, Vladislav Chernushenko, Alexander Dmitriev, Yevgeny Kolobov, Michelangelo Veltri and Saulus Sondetskis.
Alexander Morozov is actively engaged in teaching. He is a senior lecturer at the Russian State Herzen Pedagogical University and gives master classes in St Petersburg.
The singer’s recordings include the operas Boris Godunov, War and Peace, Kashchei the Immortal, The Love for Three Oranges and Russian Classical Romances (Philips Classics) and Giordano’s Il re (Nautilus; Milan-St Petersburg, Stanislav Gorkovenko, Mugnano, 1999). Alexander Morozov has also taken part in television recordings of the operas Rigoletto and Kashchei thenbsp;Immortal. The TV film Misty Morning (Lentelefilm) follows the singer’s career, as does the film Alexander Morozov Sings as part of the series Stars of the Mariinsky Opera Company. Alexander Morozov did the dubbing for the Actor in the film Vidrimasgor, or The Story of My Cosmos, which received the Palme d’or award.