Andrei Popov as the Hunchback (in Richard Strauss’ opera Die Frau ohne Schatten) was memorable for his witty portrayal of the role.
Tenor Andrei Popov had the task of performing five roles all at once (in Rodion Shchedrin’s opera The Enchanted Wanderer): the Prince, the Old Man in the Woods, the Storyteller, the Magnetiser and the Ghost of the Flogged Monk. He coped magnificently: all five appeared with character, vividly, and the singer’s voice sounded stable, even and reasonably penetrating.
Tenor Andrei Popov may be called the undoubted find of the performance, having acted as well as sung as Nero (in Nikolai Karetnikov’s opera The Mystery of Paul the Apostle).
• Recipient of a Golden Mask award.
• Grammy award nominee.
Andrei Popov was born in Leningrad. Graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of Professor Lev Morozov).
From 2000-2007 he was a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers (class of Grayr Khanedanian).
Joined the Mariinsky Opera in 2007.
Guest soloist of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre, taking part in productions of the operas The Golden Cockerel (directed by Kirill Serebrennikov) and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (directed by Temur Chkheidze).
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Afanasy Ivanovich (Sorochintsy Fair),
Grishka Kuterma (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia),
the Holy Fool (Boris Godunov),
the Astrologer (The Golden Cockerel),
the Distiller (May Night),
Bobyl Bakula (The Snow Maiden),
Osip Nikiforovich (Christmas Eve),
Old Grandpa (The Tale of Tsar Saltan),
Kashchei the Immortal (Kashchei the Immortal),
Alexei (The Gambler),
District Inspector (The Nose),
Truffaldino (The Love for Three Oranges),
Selifan (Dead Souls),
Shabby Peasant (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk),
Prince (The Enchanted Wanderer),
Nero (The Mystery of the Apostle Paul),
Vyrin (The Station Master),
the Devil (The Brothers Karamazov),
Khristophor Burdyukov (The Lawsuit),
Grigory Storchenko (Shponka and His Aunt),
the Lefthander (The Lefthander),
Dr Caius (Falstaff),
Goro (Madama Butterfly),
Iopas (Les Troyens),
Gonzalve (L’Heure espagnole),
Don Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro),
Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte),
Mime (Das Rheingold and Siegfried),
Brighella and the Dancing-Master (Ariadne auf Naxos),
The Hunchback (Die Frau ohne Schatten)
and Laca (Jenůfa).
Appeared in a concert performance of the opera May Night under Mikhail Pletnev at the Arkhangelskoe estate (2008). The same year, he sang the title role in the first performance in Japan of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Kashchei the Immortal under Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Has appeared in productions of the operas Boris Godunov (conducted by Valery Gergiev) and Prince Igor (directed by Dmitry Chernyakov) at the Metropolitan Opera. In 2010 and 2013 he performed the role of the District Inspector in Dmitry Shostakovich’s opera The Nose at the Metropolitan Opera under Valery Gergiev (co-production by the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Metropolitan Opera, directed by William Kentridge). In 2011 this production was premiered at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Appeared in a production of the opera The Nose at the opera di Roma (2013, directed by Peter Stein).
Performed the role of Prince Shuisky in a production of Boris Godunov at the Opéra de Nice under Gennady Rozhdestvensky (2011).
He was the first performer of the title role in the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s opera The Lefthander, staged at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2013.
Together with the Mariinsky Opera, the singer has toured to such cities as London, New York, Washington, Stockholm, Beijing, Tokyo, Helsinki, Brussels, Baden-Baden, Valencia, Paris, Tel Aviv, Eilat, Las Palmas, Birmingham and Cardiff.