Sergei Leiferkus

Biography

Born: April 4, 1946; Leningrad, Russia  
Russian-born bass Sergei Leiferkus has proven himself authoritative in many areas of the repertory. He was among the first of the Soviet artists of the 1980s to have established himself as an important singer in the West, as well as in his own country. In addition to opera, he has excelled in recital and concert work. His sturdy, almost brazen timbre and incisive phrasing make a bold effect and his instrument's dark coloring makes it possible for Read more him to effectively assume such bass parts as that of the soloist in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar). After studies in Leningrad, Leiferkus was engaged by the Malïy Opera Theatre in 1972, remaining with that company as a principal singer until 1978. His debut at Leningrad's Kirov took place as Prince Andrei in 1977. As an increasingly important figure among that theater's growing roster of world-class singers, Leiferkus assumed such roles as Don Giovanni and Rossini's Figaro. His Western debut came not in an opera house, but rather on the concert stage when he appeared in 1980 with the Berlin Philharmonic under Kurt Masur. In 1982, he appeared at the small but well-known Wexford Festival singing the Marquis in Massenet's rather obscure Grisélidis. He was invited back for the title role in Marschner's Hans Heiling, the Fiddler in Humperdinck's Königskinder and Boniface in another Massenet rarity, Le jongleur de Notre-Dame. Leiferkus established other ties in the British Isles, performing Yevgeny Onegin and Don Giovanni for the Scottish Opera, essaying Zurga and Escamillo for the English National Opera and Zurga and Scarpia for Opera North. His debut at the Royal Opera took place as the Count di Luna in a 1989 production of Il trovatore. Subsequent roles there included Prince Igor, Iago, Onegin, Telramund, Scarpia, and Ruprecht in Prokofiev's Fiery Angel. With the Kirov company, Leiferkus toured England in 1987, performing both Onegin and Tomsky in Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame. The Glyndebourne Festival invited Leiferkus to repeat Tomsky in 1992; the same year, the baritone made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Onegin. Among his other nearly 50 roles are Mazeppa, Telramund, Pizarro (all three recorded), the elder Germont and Anckarstroem in Un ballo in maschera (a role that won him outstanding reviews at San Francisco in 2000). He has sung in such other venues as the Wiener Staatsoper, La Scala, the Teatro Colón, the Bastille Opera in Paris, and the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. Besides Glyndebourne, Leiferkus has sung opera performances at the Salzburg Easter Festival, at Edinburgh, and at Bregenz. Leiferkus has made a series of excellent song recordings for both Conifer and Chandos. The first disc of his complete cycle of Mussorgsky songs was nominated for a Grammy, while Volume Two won a 1997 Cannes classical award, and three volumes from the set were honored with a Diapason d'Or that same year. The singer's recital appearances have been acclaimed in both America and England. Leiferkus has appeared several times at Lincoln Center and at the Frick Collection and has sung memorable programs at Covent Garden and Wigmore Hall. In addition to other recitals at Tanglewood, the Wexford Festival, the Kozerthaus in Vienna, and the Cologne Philharmonic, Leiferkus has conducted master classes at the Britten-Pears School at Aldeburgh, England. Read less

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Biography

Born: April 4, 1946; Leningrad, Russia  
Russian-born bass Sergei Leiferkus has proven himself authoritative in many areas of the repertory. He was among the first of the Soviet artists of the 1980s to have established himself as an important singer in the West, as well as in his own country. In addition to opera, he has excelled in recital and concert work. His sturdy, almost brazen timbre and incisive phrasing make a bold effect and his instrument's dark coloring makes it possible for Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. De profundis
II. Malagueña -
III. Lorelei -
IV. The Suicide
V. On Watch -
VI. Madam, Look! -
VII. In Prison
VIII. The Zaporozhian Cossacks' Reply to the Sultan of Constantinople -
IX. Oh Delvig, Delvig!
X. The Death of a Poet -
XI. Epilogue
I. The Silver Sleigh Bells: Allegro ma non tanto
II. The Mellow Wedding Bells: Lento
III. The Loud Alarum Bells: Presto
IV. The Mournful Iron Bells: Lento lugubre
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Una vela! Una vela!
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Esultate!
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Roderigo, ebben che pensi?
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Fuoco di gioia!
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Roderigo, beviam!
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Inaffia l'ugola! Trinca, tracanna (Brindisi)
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Capitano, v'attende la fazione ai baluardi
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Abbasso le spade!
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Già nella notte densa (Love Duet)
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Non ti crucciar
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Vanne! la tua meta già vedo
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Credo in un Dio crudel
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Ciò m'accora
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Dove guardi splendono
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - D'un uom che geme sotto il tuo disdegno
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Se inconscia, contro te, sposo, ho peccato
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Desdemona rea!
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Tu?! Indietro! fuggi!
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Ora e per sempre addio
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Pace, signor
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Era la notte, Cassio dormia
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Oh! mostruosa colpa!
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Si, pel ciel marmoreo giuro!
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - La vedetta del porto
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Continua
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Dio ti giocondi, o sposo
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Esterrefatta fisso
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Dio! mi potevi scagliar
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Cassio è là!
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Vieni; l'aula è deserta
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - ...e intanto, giacchè non si stanca mai
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Quest'è il segnale
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Il Doge ed il Senato salutano
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Messeri! Il Doge
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - A terra!...si...nel livido fango
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Quell' innocente un fremito
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Fuggite!
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Era più calmo?
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Mia madre aveva una povera ancella
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - "Piangea cantando nell'erma landa..."
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Ave Maria, piena di grazia
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Chi e là?
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Diceste questa sera le vostre preci?
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Aprite! Aprite!
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Niun mi tema
1. The Love of Captain Lebyadkin
2. The Cockroach
3. The Ball for the Benefit of Governesses
4. A Radiant Personality
1. To A Critic
2. Spring Awakening
3. Discretion
4. Misunderstanding
5. Kreutzer Sonata
First-hand Evidence
A Tricky Request
Caution
Irinka And The Shepherd
Extreme Delight
1. To His Sonne (Sir Walter Raleigh)
2. On wert thou in the cauld blast (Robert Burns)
3. Mc Pherson's Farewell (Robert Burns)
4. Jenny (Robert Burns)
5. Sonnet LXVI (William Shakespeare)
6. The King's Campaign (Traditional)
1. Truth
2. Morning
3. Love
4. Separation
5. Anger
6. Dante
7. To the Exile
8. Creativity
9. Night
10. Death
11. Immortality
Introduction
No. 1 Girl's Chorus and Scene
No. 2 Scene, Arioso and duet
No. 3 Scene
No. 4 Chorus and Dance
No. 4: Hopak
No. 5 Scene and Arioso
No. 6 Quarrel Scene
No. 7 Chorus and Mother's Lament
No. 8 Finale
No. 9 Prison Scene
No. 10 Mazeppa's Monologue and Scene with Orlik
No. 10a Mazeppa's Arioso
No. 11 Mazeppa's Scene with Maria
No. 12 Scene between Maria and her Mother
No. 13 Crowd Scene
No. 14 Finale
No. 15 The Battle of Poltava
No. 16 Scene and Andrey's Aria
No. 17 Scene and Duet
No. 18 Scene - Appearance of the Demented Maria
No. 19 Finale
Waldmärchen
Der Spielmann
Hochzeitsstück
No. 1. Muza (The Muse)
No. 2. V dushe u kazhdogo iz nas (In the Soul of Each of Us)
No. 3. Burya (The Storm)
No. 4. Veter perelyotniy (The Migrant Wind)
No. 5. Arion
No. 6. Voskresheniye Lazarya (The Raising of Lazarus)
No. 7. Ne mozhet bit' (It Cannot Be)
No. 8. Muzika (Music)
No. 9. Tï znal yego (You Knew Him)
No. 10. Sey den', ya pomnyu (I Remember that Day)
No. 11. Obrochnik (The Peasant)
No. 12. Kakoye schast'ye (What Happiness)
No. 13. Dissonans (Discord)
No. 14. Vocalise
No. 1. O net, molyu, ne ukhodi (Oh no, I beg you, forsake me not)
No. 2. Utro (Morning)
No. 3. V molchan'i nochi taynoy (In the Silence of the Secret Night)
No. 4. Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Sing not to me, beautiful maiden)
No. 5. Uzh ti, niva moya (Oh Thou, my Field)
No. 6. Davno l', moy drug (How Long, my Friend)
No. 1. Rechnaya lileya (The Waterlily)
No. 2. Ditya kak tsvetok ti prekrasna (Child, thou art as Beautiful as a Flower)
No. 3. Duma (Brooding)
No. 4. Polyubila ya na pechal' svoyu (I have Grown Fond of Sorrow)
No. 5. Son (The Dream)
No. 6. Molitva (A Prayer)
No. 1. Ya zhdu tebya (I Wait for Thee)
No. 2. Ostrovok (The Isle)
No. 3. Davno v lyubvi otradi malo (For Long there has been Little Consolation in Love)
No. 4. Ya bil u ney (I was with Her)
No. 5. Eti letniye nochi (These Summer Nights)
No. 6. Tebya tak lyubyat vse (How Everyone Loves Thee)
No. 7. Ne ver' mne, drug (Believe me not, Friend)
No. 8. O ne grusti (Oh, do not Grieve)
No. 9. Ona, kak polden', khorosha (She is as Lovely as the Noon)
No. 10. V moyey dushe (In my Soul)
No. 11. Vesenniye vodi (Spring Waters)
No. 12. Pora (Tis time)
"Zdes', gospodin rycar'"
"Da, on rassejalsja"
"U vas vse vremja sum kakoj-to"
"Ne dovol'no l'"
"Sista...sista...sista..."
"...iz trech magiceskich krugov"
"A, Jakov Glok"
"Slysis' li ty stuk?"
"Zaklinaju tebja"
"Tam net nikogo"
- Entr'acte -
"Magister doctissime"
"Genrich, vernis', vernis', vernis!"
"Ubej ego, Ruprecht!"
"Renata, perestan' ze plakat'"
- Entr'acte -
"Milostivaja dama, on opasno ranen"
"Renata, molju tebja..."
"Baraniny! Vina i baraniny!"
"Ach, negodjaj!"
"Sestra Renata"
"Vozljublennye brat'ja i sestry"
"A...!"
"Duch lukavyi"
"Sestry! Sestry! Sestry! A!"
Una vela! Una vela!
Esultate!
Roderigo, ebben che pensi?
Fuoco di gioia!
Roderigo, beviam!
Inaffia l'ugola! Trinca, tracanna (Brindisi)
Capitano, v'attende la fazione ai baluardi
Abbasso le spade!
Già nella notte densa (Love Duet)
Non ti crucciar
Vanne! la tua meta già vedo
Credo in un Dio crudel
Ciò m'accora
Dove guardi splendono
D'un uom che geme sotto il tuo disdegno
Se inconscia, contro te, sposo, ho peccato
Desdemona rea!
Tu?! Indietro! fuggi!
Ora e per sempre addio
Pace, signor
Era la notte, Cassio dormia
Oh! mostruosa colpa!
Si, pel ciel marmoreo giuro!
Prologue, Scene 1, Introduction
Prologue, Scene 1: "Well then, what's wrong with you?"
Prologue, Scene 1: "Who are you adandoning us to"
Prologue, Scene 1: "Who are you adandoning us to"
Prologue, Scene 1: "True believers! The boyar is implacable."
Prologue, Scene 1: "Glory to Thee, Creator on high"
Prologue, Scene 1: "Did you hear what the holy pilgrims said?"
Prologue, Scene 2, Introduction
Prologue, Scene 2: "Long live Tsar Boris Fyodorovich!"
Prologue, Scene : "My soul is sad"
Prologue, Scene 2: "Glory!"
Act I, Scene 1, Introduction
Act I, Scene 1: "Just one final story"
Act I, Scene 1: "O Lord, strong and righteous"
Act I, Scene 1: "Do not complain, brother"
Act I, Scene 1: "For alLong time, honoured father"
Act I, Scene 1: "I arrived at night"
Act I, Scene 1: "How old was the murdered Tsarevich?"
Act 1, Scene 1: "They are ringing for matins"
Act I, Scene 2: Introduction
Act I, Scene 2: "I caught a grey drake"
Act I, Scene 2: "Give me some fun"
Act I, Scene 2, "Why are you so pensive, comrade?"
Act I, Scene 2: "Here's what happened at the town of Kazan"
Act I, Scene 2: "Why don't you sing along?"
Act I, Scene 2: "We are humble elders, honest monks"
Act I, Scene 2: "What are you staring at me like that for"
Act I, Scene 2: "And his age... and his age..."
Act II: "Where are you, my Betrothed"
Act II: "Oh, that's enough, Princess, my dear!"
Act II: "A gnat was chopping wood"
Act II: "My little tale is about this and that"
Act II: "What's the matter? Has a wild beast surprised a sitting hen?"
Act II: "I have achieved absolute power"
Act II: "Hey, Pss!"
Act II: "Our little parrot was with the Nannies"
Act II: "Ah, it's you, glorious orator"
Act II: "In Uglich, in the cathedral, in front of all the people"
Act II: "Phew! I feel terrible! Let me catch my breath"
Act III, Scene 1: "By the sky-blue waters of the vistula, under a shady willow"
Act III, Scene 1: "Enough! The beautiful lady is grateful"
Act III, Scene 1: "Marina is bored. Oh, how bored!"
Act III, Scene 1: "Ah! Oh, it's you, my father"
Act III, Scene 1: "With tender, ardent words of love"
Act III, Scene 1: "What? You impudent liar!"
Act III, Scene 2: "At midnight, in the garden, by the fountain"
Act III, Scene 2:"Tsarevich!"
Act III, Scene 2:"Can a humble and sinful man, praying for his dear ones"
Act III, Scene 2:"Tsarevich, hide!"
Act III, Scene 2: Polonaise - "I do not believe in your passion, sir"
Act III, Scene 2:"That crafty Jesuit, he has got me firmly in the grip"
Act III, Scene 2: "How long and agonizing"
Act III, Scene 2: "Oh, Tsarevich, I beg you"
Act III, Scene 2:"Oh, my turtledoves!"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1869 Version): Introduction
Act IV, Scene 1 (1869 Version): "What, is Mass Finished Already?"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1869 Version): "Trrr, trrr - Iron cap"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1869 Version): "Aaah! Boris"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version): Introduction
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"Exalted boyars!"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"Well, then? Let's go and vote, Boyars"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"What a shame that prince Shuisky isn't here"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"He was whispering: keep away, keep away"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"Here, by the front entrance"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version): "A Humble Monk"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version): "Once, in the Evening"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"The Tsarevich - Quickly!"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"Farewell, My Son!"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"A bell! A Funeral Knell!"
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): Introduction
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version):"Bring Him Over Here!" (Tramps)
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): "It's Not a Falcon Flying in the Heavens" (Tramps)
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): "The sun and moon have grown dark"
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): "Hey Ho!"
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): "Domine, Domine, salvum fac"
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): March - "Glory to You, Tsarevich"
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): "We, Dimitri Ivanovich"
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): "Flow, Flow, Bitter Tears"


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