Boris Stepanov


Upcoming performances:
21 July 2024

Ease of delivery, softness, clarity of concept, and precision of performance are the qualities combined by tenor Boris Stepanov.
Bertrand Bolognesi. Anaclase website (Paris), 2018. (Review of Boris Godunov production at the Grand Théâtre de Genève)


With his refined musicality, beautiful and even timbre, breath control, and elegant phrasing, Boris Stepanov impressed deeply with his heartfelt “Where have you gone...” from Eugene Onegin.
Albert Garriga. Ópera Actual magazine (Barcelona), 2018. (Review of the Belvedere Competition)


The real discovery is Russian tenor Boris Stepanov. His gentle, soft voice makes Kudryash, the schoolteacher, free of prejudice, – a breath of fresh air in a sea of narrow-mindedness – even more attractive.
Jenny Camilleri. deVolkskrant newspaper (Amsterdam), 28 March 2022

Tenor

• Winner of the II Georg Ots International Music Festival-Competition (Saint Petersburg, 18 March 2018; 1st prize)
• Winner at the XXXVII Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition (Jūrmala, 2018; International Press Jury Award)
• Winner of the National Opera Award Onegin in the Debut category (2016)
• Winner at the X International Chamber Vocal Music Festival-Competition Three Centuries of Classical Romance (Saint Petersburg, 2012; 2nd prize)

Boris Stepanov was born in 1986 in Leningrad. In 2005, he graduated from the M.I. Glinka Choral College, majoring in “conductor of an academic choir”, and in 2010 from the Saint Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (conducting class of Valentin Nesterov; concurrently took vocal lessons from Konstantin Pluzhnikov). In 2015 he completed an internship at the La Scala Theatre Academy.

From 2005 to 2015 he was a soloist of the Smolny Cathedral Chamber Choir. He participated in the performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (Saint Petersburg Conservatory Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Hermitage Theatre, 2006). In 2007 he sang the tenor part in Alexey Miroshnichenko's ballet As an Old Organ-Grinder... to the music of Leonid Desyatnikov (The Mariinsky Theatre; the singer's debut on the Mariinsky stage) and the part of Boyar Ivan in the Hamburg premiere of Johann Mattheson's opera Boris Godunov, which was also staged that year at the Mikhailovsky Theatre and Moscow's New Opera Theatre named after E.V. Kolobov. Guest soloist of the Saint Petersburg and Riga Philharmonics (since 2011). Since 2017 he has been a guest soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, where he has performed the parts of Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), and the Italian Singer (Der Rosenkavalier). He has performed in Abkhazia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, France, the Czech Republic, Chile, Switzerland, Sweden, and other countries.

From 2015 to 2022, he was a soloist at the Mikhailovsky Theatre. On its stage, he performed the parts of Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Chaplitsky and Chekalinsky (The Queen of Spades), Almeric (Iolanta), King Berendey (The Snow Maiden), the Young Gypsy (Aleko), Yegorov (The Giant by Prokofiev), Tamino (Die Zaeuberflöt), Don Curzio (Mozart. Le Nozze di Figaro), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini), Alfredo Germont and Vicomte Gaston de Letorières (La Traviata), Beppe (Pagliacci), the Hunter (Rusalka by Dvořák), Leopold (La Juive), Edmondo (Manon Lescaut by Puccini), Kudryash (The Storm based on Janáček's opera Katya Kabanova), Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore), Ernesto (Don Pasquale). Since January 2023, he has been a guest soloist at the Mikhailovsky Theatre.

He performed at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw (Kudryash in Katya Kabanova), the Grand Théâtre de Genève (the Holy Fool in Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky), the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse (Malcolm in Macbeth), the Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Zinovy Borisovich in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Moscow's Helikon Opera (Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini as Count Almaviva). In April 2023, in Singapore, he performed the tenor part in the Requiem by Osip Kozlovsky.

His repertoire also includes title roles in Pygmalion by Rameau, Atys by Lully, and Oedipus Rex by Stravinsky, Fronin in Alcide by Bortniansky, Vaudémont in Iolanta, Raymond in The Maid of Orleans, Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, tenor parts in Te Deum and Jubilate by Purcell, St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B minor, Magnificat, and cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, Magnificat by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, cantatas by Telemann and Vivaldi, The Resurrection History of Jesus Christ by Heinrich Schütz, Alexander's Feast and Messiah by Handel, Requiem and masses by Mozart, Messa di Gloria by Rossini, Nelson Mass and The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross by Haydn, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Mass in G major by Schubert, Requiem by Schumann, The First Walpurgis Night and Paulus by Mendelssohn, Glagolitic Mass by Janáček, cantata Carmina Burana by Orff, Les noces by Stravinsky, Mass No. 3 in F minor by Bruckner, War Requiem by Britten, Requiem by Lloyd Webber, Missa brevis and Te Deum by Penderecki, The History of Dr. Johann Faustus and Requiem by Schnittke; vocal cycles by Schubert and Brahms.

Since February 2023, Boris Stepanov has been a soloist at the Mariinsky Theatre.

Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
King Berendey (The Snow Maiden)
The Police Inspector (The Nose)
Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail)
Tamino (Die Zaeuberflöt)
Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini)
Lindoro (L'Italiana in Algeri)
Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore)
Ernesto (Don Pasquale)
Lord Arturo Talbot (I puritani, concert performance)
Iopas (Les Troyens)
Gerald (Lakmé)
Tenor part in St. Matthew Passion, tenor part in Mass in B minor by Bach, and ballet As an Old Organ-Grinder... He participated in the premieres of the Mariinsky Theatre's productions of L'Italiana in Algeri (2022), Don Pasquale (2022, revival of the 1980 production), Die Zaeuberflöt (2022), Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Lakmé (2023).

In 2019 at the invitation of BIS Records, he performed the Holy Fool, Missail, and Boyarin in the recording of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano. He participated in the creation of the Village Stories album released in 2023, featuring works by Stravinsky, Janáček, and Bartók. In 2024, Pentatone released a recording of Osip Kozlovsky's Requiem performed by Olga Peretyatko, Olesya Petrova, Boris Stepanov, Christoph Seidl, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

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