Still quite young for a bass singer, he created a surprisingly integral and true image of Padre Guardiano who has learned from life. He has a rich, very capacious and beautifully honed voice, and for ‘young singers’ of late he possesses surprising maturity as an actor.
• Prize-winner at the IV International Vocalists' Competition in Shizuoka (Japan, 2005)
• Prize-winner at the III International Vocalists' Competition in Ningpo (China, 2005)
• Prize-winner at the International Elena Obraztsova Competition (1999, 2005)
• Prize-winner at the International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers' Competition (St Petersburg, 2003)
Alexei Tanovitski was born in Minsk. He graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. He has performed at the Mariinsky Theatre since 1999.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Farlaf (Ruslan and Lyudmila)
Prince Galitsky, Khan Konchak (Prince Igor)
Boris Godunov, Varlaam (Boris Godunov)
Ivan Khovansky (Khovanshchina)
Mamyrov (The Enchantress)
Ivan the Terrible (The Maid of Pskov)
The Head (May Night)
Father Frost (The Snow Maiden)
Viking Merchant (Sadko)
Tsar Saltan (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Burundai (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia)
Tsar Dodon (The Golden Cockerel)
Greon (Oedipus Rex)
King of Clubs (Love for Three Oranges)
The Inquisitor (The Fiery Angel)
Remenyuk (Semyon Kotko)
Ivan Yakovlevich (The Nose)
Grand Inquisitor (The Brothers Karamazov)
Don Prudenzio (Il viaggio a Reims)
Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino)
Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlo)
Colline (La bohème)
Giacomo Balducci (Benvenuto Cellini in concert)
Abimélech (Samson et Dalila)
Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni)
Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte)
Sarastro (Die Zauberflöe)
Daland (Der Fliegende Holländer)
Wotan (Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried)
The singer’s concert repertoire includes the bass roles in Prokofiev’s oratorio Ivan the Terrible, Shostakovich’s Thirteenth and Fourteenth Symphonies, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony and Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Musorgsky’s vocal series Songs and Dances of Death and Shostakovich’s Suite to Words by Michelangelo Buonarroti.
Together with the Mariinsky Opera Company Alexei Tanovitski has toured to Italy (La Scala), Great Britain (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), France (Théàtre du Châtelet, Opéra Bastille), Spain (Teatro Real), Portugal (Teatro São Carlos), Finland (Turku, Helsinki, Mikkeli Festival), Japan (Suntory Hall, Bunka Kaikan), Germany (Festspiele Baden-Baden), Austria (Salzburg Festival), the Netherlands (Diaghilev Festival), Israel, South Korea, China and Lithuania. Alexei Tanovitski has also appeared with the Mariinsky Opera Company at the Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas (as Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen, 2007), the Metropolitan Opera in New York (as Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen, 2007), Carnegie Hall (as Farlaf in Ruslan and Lyudmila, Father Frost in The Snow Maiden and Konchak in Prince Igor, 2007; the King of Clubs in The Love for Three Oranges, 2008), the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (as Khovansky in Khovanshchina, 2008), the Kennedy Center in Washington (as Varlaam in Boris Godunov and Khovansky in Khovanshchina, 2010).
He has appeared independently at opera houses and concert venues including the National Opera of Budapest (as Banco in Macbeth, 2002 and 2004 and the Cardinal of Brogni in La Juive, 2004), the Théàttre de l’Opéra in Luxembourg (as the King of Clubs in The Love for Three Oranges, 2005), the Aix-en-Provence Festival (as the King of Clubs in The Love for Three Oranges, 2005), the Teatro Real in Madrid (as the King of Clubs in The Love for Three Oranges, 2006), the Croatian National Opera (as Zaccaria in Nabucco and Sarastro in Die Zauberfllöte, 2006), the Théàtre du Châtelet (Boris Timofeyevich in Katerina Ismailova, Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Tugan Sokhiev, 2007), the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (Varlaam in Boris Godunov, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, 2007), Beijing (Shostakovich’s Fourteenth Symphony conducted by Zhang Guoyong, 2008), the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari (as Gremin in Eugene Onegin conducted by Michail Jurowski, 2008; Remenyuk in Semyon Kotko conducted by Alexander Vedernikov, 2009), the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw (as Boris Godunov in Boris Godunov conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson, 2009), the Théàtre des Champs Élysées (the bass roles in the cantata Spring and the symphonic poem The Bells, Orchestre National de France, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda), the Auditorium di Milano (the bass role in the oratorio Ivan the Terrible conducted by Zhang Xian, 2010, and the bass role in Verdi’s Requiem, conducted by Zhang Xian, 2011), the Salle Pleyel (the bass role in the oratorio Ivan the Terrible, conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky, 2010), Zagreb (Kochubei in Mazepa, conducted by Mikhail Sinkevich), the Teatro São Carlos in Lisbon (Gremin in Eugene Onegin, conducted by Michail Jurowski, 2010), the Bolshoi Theatre (as Ivan the Terrible in The Maid of Pskov, 2010), the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (as Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen, the Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Kent Nagano, 2010), the Metropolitan Opera (the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, 2010), the Teatro Regio in Turin (Procida in I vespri siciliani, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, 2011), the Barbican Hall in the oratorio Ivan the Terrible, London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Zhang Xian, 2011).