8 December 2021
A rich, intense and majestic bass with powerful overtones, the powerful figure to match the voice and the subtle performance in terms of acting and singing. Vladimir Vaneyev carries the role without over-pressing it, without overusing the forte, without excess pathetique, but with inner power and conviction. His skill and immersion into the role seem to be absolute.
Vladimir Vaneev is very good as Boris. He uses his large voice with skill, providing both musical and dramatic insight.
• People's Artist of Russia
• Recipient of the State Prize of Russia
• Prize-winner at All-Union, All-Russian and International Competitions, including the Perm Vocalists’ Competition (1987, 2nd prize), the Voci Verdiani competition (Italy, 1990, 3rd prize and prize as best bass), the Singing Competition in Paris (1990, 2nd prize) and the Shaliapin Competition (Kazan, 1993, Grand Prix).
Vladimir Vaneyev graduated from the Gorky State Conservatoire in 1986 and was invited to join the Musorgsky State Theatre of Opera and Ballet (Leningrad), where he sang the roles of Dosifei (Khovanshchina), Galitsky, Khan Konchak (Prince Igor), Gremin (Eugene Onegin), King Rene (Iolanthe), Zlatogor (The Queen of Spades), Peter I (Peter I), Monterone, Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Filippo II and the Grande Inquisitore (Don Carlo).
Vladimir Vaneyev joined the Mariinsky Theatre in 1997.
Among the roles he has performed at the Mariinsky are:
Ruslan (Ruslan and Lyudmila)
Boris Godunov, Pimen (Boris Godunov)
Dosifei, Khovansky (Khovanshchina)
Prince Galitsky, Khan Konchak, Prince Igor (Prince Igor)
Kochubei, Mazepa (Mazepa)
Prince Vyazminsky (The Oprichnik)
Prince Kurlyatev (The Enchantress)
Grigory Gryaznoy (The Tsat’s Bride)
Tsar Ivan Vasilievich (The Maid of Pskov)
Count Tomsky (The Queen of Spades)
Remenyuk (Semyon Kotko)
Padre Augustine (Betrothal in a Monastery)
Boris Timofeyevich (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District)
Filippo II (Don Carlo)
Jacopo Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra)
The Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer)
Wotan (Das Rheingold)
Wotan (Die Walküre, Das Rheingold)
Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten)
Vladimir Vaneyev has toured in the USA, Japan, Germany, France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Israel, Turkey, Poland, Austria and New Zealand. As a guest soloist the singer has appeared at major opera houses and concert venues, performing lead roles in the operas Boris Godunov (Venice, 1992; Nice, 1996; Austria, 1997; Metropolitan Opera, New York, 1998; Lisbon, 2001; Milan, 2002; London, 2003; Bologna, 2007, Turin, 2010 ); Prince Igor (Houston, 2000), Mazepa (Salzburg (2005), Lisbon (2006) and Zagreb (2009), Don Carlo (Venice, 1993; Bonn, 2000); The Miserly Knight (Lisbon, 2003), Don Giovanni (Valencia, 2006), Tosca (Lisbon, 2006), The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia (Austria, 1994, Amsterdam, 2012); Norma (Baltimore, 1998); Aida (Berlin, 1998); Don Carlo (Naples, 1999, Monte Carlo, 2002); The Queen of Spades (Turin, 2009), The Fiery Angel (La Scala, Milan, 1997), Tosca (Rome, 1999); Der fliegende Holländer (Bologna, 1999); Sadko (Venice, 1999); Aida (Geneva, 1999); Simon Boccanegra (New Zealand, 2002), Iolanthe (Naples, 1999; Monte Carlo, 2001; Milan, 2002); Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Salzburg, 2001; Barcelona, 2002, Baltimore (2002), Florence (2008), Paris (2009), Madrid (2011) and Moscow (2012)); The Queen of Spades (Milan, 2004); The Gambler (Milan, 2005; Paris, 2005); Khovanshchina (Barcelona, 2007), as well as Rachmaninoff’s symphonic poem The Bells (Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo, 2008; Dresden, 2011).
Vladimir Vaneyev has taken part in recordings of Shostakovich's 14th Symphony (with the West German Radio Orchestra, 1998), and of the operas Boris Godunov (Philips Classics, 1998), Betrothal in a Monastery (Philips Classics, 1998), Mascagni's Parisina (with the French Radio Orchestra), A Love for Three Oranges (Philips Classics, 2002), and Simon Boccanegra (New Zealand, 2002). He has also made CD and DVD recordings of Rachmaninoff’s vocal-symphonic poem The Bells, as well as of the operas Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Amsterdam, 2006), Khovanshchina (Barcelona, 2007), Le Rossignol (Cologne, 2012) and The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia (2012).