His one-size bell-like voice and his Herculean temperament will be remembered for a long time to come… In Nikitin there was something of natural Russian daring, as with natural born singers, and you believe his Gryaznoi without even looking – this would be believed by Lyubasha, Marfa end even – just think about it – Rimsky-Korsakov. Russian opera is something on an epic scale, though – unfortunately – singers capable of performing it properly are rare indeed.
Alexander Nikitin graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 1993. As a soloist, he has appeared with the St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company and the Zazerkalye Children’s Music Theatre.
Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 2002, having made his debut in the opera Sadko (Old Man).
Roles performed at the Mariinsky Theatre include:
Fyodor Poyarok (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya)
Prince Igor (Prince Igor)
Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov)
Venetian Merchant, Old Mighty Bogatyr (Sadko)
Head of the Village (Christmas Eve)
Chernobog (Sorochintsy Fair)
Messenger (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Second Herald, Shrovetide (The Snow Maiden)
Captain, Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin)
Yushko Velebin (The Maid of Pskov)
Napoleon, Matveyev (War and Peace)
Melitone (La forza del destino)
Bonze (Madama Butterfly)
The King’s Herald (Lohengrin)
A Greek Captain, A Trojan Soldier (Les Troyens)
Jaroslav Prus (The Makropulos Affair)
The singer’s repertoire also includes the roles of Gryaznoi (The Tsar’s Bride), Robert (Iolanta), Nabucco (Nabucco), Conte di Luna (Il trovatore), Ezio (Attila), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) and Valentin (Faust).
With the Mariinsky Opera Company, he has appeared in Spain, Germany, Israel and the USA. Has toured independently to Switzerland and Finland.