30 January 2021
The ease with which tenor Sergei Semishkur sang the role of Énée is something not every great performer can achieve.
Tenor Sergei Semishkur, too, was impressive as Vakula the smith. A stately and well-proportioned fellow, he also looked good and delighted us with his voice: beautiful, and filled with true emotion.
• Prize-winner at the International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition (St Petersburg, 2006)
• Prize-winner at the International Lisitsian Competition (Vladikavkaz, 2003)
• Diploma and special prize recipient at the International Elena Obraztsova Competition (Moscow, 2005)
Sergei Semishkur was born in Kirov. Graduated from the Nizhny-Novgorod State Glinka Conservatoire in 2003 (faculties of choral conducting and academic vocals).The same year he joined the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. Since 2007 he has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Opera Company.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Vladimir Igorevich (Prince Igor)
Kochkarev (The Marriage)
The Pretender (Boris Godunov)
Prince Andrey Khovansky (Khovanshchina)
Mikhailo Tucha (The Maid of Pskov)
Tsar Berendey (The Snow Maiden)
Lykov (The Tsar's Bride)
Guidon (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Lensky (Eugene Onegin)
Andrei Morozov (The Oprichnik)
Prince Yuri (The Enchantress)
Vakula a blacksmith (Christmas Eve)
Young Gypsy (Aleko)
First Croupier (The Gambler)
Truffaldino (Love for Three Oranges)
Alexei (The Gambler)
Genaro (Maddalena in concert)
Semyon Kotko (Semyon Kotko)
Don Jerome (Betrothal in a Monastery)
Anatol Kuragin (War and Peace)
Nose (The Nose)
Sergei (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk)
Oedipus (Oedipus Rex in concert)
Nozdryov (Dead Souls)
Edgardo and Arturo Bucklaw (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto)
Alfredo Germont (La traviata)
Tenor (stage version of Verdi's Requiem)
Rodolfo (La bohème)
Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly)
Benvenuto Cellini (Benvenuto Cellini)
Énée (Les Troyens)
Le docteur Faust (Faust)
Hoffmann (Les contes d'Hoffmann)
the Helmsman (Der Fliegende Holländer)
Froh (Das Rheingold)
Albert Gregor (The Makropulos Affair)
Edrisi (Król Roger)
Gabriel von Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus)
The singer’s repertoire also includes the roles of Charles VII (The Maid of Orleans), Fenton (Falstaff), Ubaldo (Armida and Rinaldo), Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and the tenor roles in Mozart, Berlioz’ Requiem, Haydn’s oratorio The Seasons and Nelson Mass, Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Rossini’s Stabat mater, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells and Stravinsky’s Les Noces.
Sergei Semishkur has taken part in various opera festivals around the world including festivals in Savonlinna and Mikkeli (Finland), the Salzburg Festival (Austria), the Edinburgh Festival (Scotland) and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat (Israel).
The singer frequently performs on tour, appearing at the world’s most prestigious concert venues, among them Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, the Barbican Hall in London, the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, the Opéra Bastille in Paris, the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.
In 2006 Sergei Semishkur took part in a production of the opera La Bohème at the Opera House in Warsaw, performing the role of Rodolfo. In 2007 the singer began to collaborate with the Salzburg Festival where he took part in a production of the opera Benvenuto Cellini, performing the title role.
In the 2009-2010 season Sergei Semishkur took part in performances of Verdi’s Requiem with Bryn Terfel and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in Cardiff and with René Pape and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in Munich (conducted by Valery Gergiev).
In 2010 Sergei Semishkur performed in a recording of the opera The Nose by the Mariinsky Theatre which received a Grammy nomination.
In 2013 he performed the role of Vladimir Igorevich (Prince Igor) at the Metropolitan Opera. In 2015 he sang the roles of the Young Gypsy (Aleko) and Paolo (Francesca da Rimini) at the Théâtre La Monnaie in Brussels.
The singer’s discography includes recordings of the operas Oedipus Rex (Oedipus Rex), The Nose (the Nose) and Das Rheingold (Froh) as well as Berlioz’ Requiem and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, which was recorded together with the London Symphony Orchestra.