Award-winning Russian bass, Alexei Tanovitski, has impressed audiences the world over. Amongst his broad repertoire, which includes Ivan Khovansky (Khovanshchina), Kochubei (Mazeppa), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino), Hagen (Götterdämmerung), and Boris Timofeyevich (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), he is particularly well known for his renditions of Boris Godunov (Boris Godunov) and Ivan the Terrible (The Maid of Pskov).
From his beginnings in the Mariinsky Theatre, with whom he continues to perform, Tanovitski has appeared in many of the world’s leading opera houses, including the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Teatro Real, Teatro Regio, Deutsche Oper and the Hungarian State Opera. At 29 years of age, Tanovitski made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Under the direction of Maestro V. Gergiev, he performed the role of Wotan in three operas from the cycle of “Der Ring des Nibelungen” by R. Wagner. His performances on this most distinguished of stages were highly acclaimed, as evidenced by The New York Sun’s review:
In the role of Wotan was the bass Alexei Tanovitsky, who evinced great dignity and vocal control: That is the kind of Wotan we want, always. In Mr. Tanovitsky’s arsenal is a strong, almost tenorial top.
He also collaborates independently with several of the above theatres as well as many more. As such, he has worked with conductors such as V. Gergiev, M. Jurowsky, G. Noseda, Sir M. Elder, K. Nagano, G. Rozhdestvensky, P. Järvi, X. Zhang, T. Sokhiev, Y. Nezet-Seguin, E.-P. Salonen, K.-L. Wilson. He has performed in major concert halls all over the world including Auditorium di Milano, Salle Pleyel, Palau de la Música, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Suntory Hall, Bunka Kaikan, Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. His festival performances include Aix-en-Provence, Bregenz, Diaghilev, Baden-Baden, Helsinki, Mikkeli, the White Nights and the Moscow Easter festivals.
Tanovitski’s profile was perhaps best summarized in the BBC Proms reviews after his recent performance of the Bells at the Royal Albert Hall:
Most impressive was Alexei Tanovitski, a bass who has impressed as Boris Godunov and Ivan the Terrible – his portrait, in Spring, of a husband driven almost to murder by his wife’s infidelity was painful to watch and hear, for the right reasons, his voice dark yet bell-like and clear throughout its whole range.”