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
Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight / Leiferkus, Jurowski
Release Date: 07/29/2008   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 919   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Otello / Chung, Domingo, Studer, Leiferkus, Et Al
Release Date: 10/11/1994   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 439805   Number of Discs: 2
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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Leiferkus, Marusin, Et Al
Release Date: 05/31/2005   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 1165   Number of Discs: 1
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Opera House - Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa / Järvi, Leiferkus, Et Al
Release Date: 04/11/2006   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000617102   Number of Discs: 3
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Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa / Jarvi, Leiferkus, Gorchakova, Et Al
Release Date: 07/22/2009   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 439906   Number of Discs: 3
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    Shostakovich: Symphonies 6 & 14 / Monogarova, Leiferkus, Jurowski
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 80 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Tatiana Monogarova,  Sergei Leiferkus
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002145102 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn,  Peter Jablonski,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Stanislaw Wislocki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Goldner String Quartet,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mussorgsky: Songs / Sergei Leiferkus, Semyon Skigin
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94928 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Semion Skigin,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Sergey Yakovenko,  Semeon Skigin  ... 
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    Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies [12-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002020902 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Anatoli Kotscherga,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Ljuba Kazarnovskaya
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Neeme Järvi,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    Sir Colin Davis - The Complete RCA Legacy
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300607 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Barbara Fleckenstein,  Ben Heppner,  Heinrich Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel / Gergiev, Gorchakova, Leiferkus, Mariinsky Theater
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100391 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Sergei Alexashkin,  Konstantin Pluzhnikov,  Valery Lebed,  Vladimir Galusin  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
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    Mussorgsky Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94670 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Alexander Warenberg,  G. Ustinov,  Raymond Bonte,  Eugené Bousquet  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch,  Issay Dobrowen,  Atanas Margaritov,  Evgeny Brazhnik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  ORTF National Orchestra,  Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Paris Choir  ... 
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    Janacek: Cunning Little Vixen / Crowe, Bell, Leiferkus
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1101 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Sebastian Davies,  Emma Bell,  Lucy Crowe,  Sergei Leiferkus  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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    Janacek: Cunning Little Vixen / Jurowski, Crowe, Bell, Leiferkus [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7117 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Orlando Woscholski,  Beatrice Watkins,  Mischa Schelomianski,  Lucy Crowe  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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  • 10.
    The Art Of Verdi / Placido Domingo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001809102 Release Date: 04/02/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Piero Cappuccilli,  Placido Domingo,  Eduardo Valdés  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Claudio Abbado,  Valery Gergiev,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    Verdi: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001806202 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 75
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Maria Guleghina,  Samuel Ramey,  Violeta Urmana,  Sara Fulgoni  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lamberto Gardelli,  James Levine,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Voices,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol 7: 2000-2010
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 12004 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Richard Strauss,  Alphons Diepenbrock,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy,  Godfried Hoogeveen,  Lars Vogt,  Jorgen Van Rijen  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder,  Lorin Maazel,  Claus Peter Flor,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Shostakovich: Symphony No 13 / Masur, New York Philharmonic
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 2564659364 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Joseph Flummerfelt
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    Rachmaninov: The Bells; Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky / Evgeny Svetlanov
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5069 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Daniil Shtoda,  Yelena Prokina,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Alfreda Hodgson
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    The Mahler Project / Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony
    Label: San Francisco Symphony   Catalog: 39 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Michelle DeYoung,  Alexander Barantschik  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Chorus,  San Francisco Girls Chorus  ... 
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    Rachmaninov Edition: Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9071 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Olga Lutsiv-Ternovskaya,  Leonid Bomstein,  Viacheslav Pochapsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Leonard Slatkin,  Valeri Polyanskii  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Glyndebourne - Comedy & Tragedy
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1059 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Massimo Giordano,  Alessandro Corbelli,  Sally Matthews  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski,  Maurizio Benini,  Philippe Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Chorus,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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  • 18.
    Placido Domingo - The Opera Collection [26-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001515202 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 26
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Geoffrey Pogson,  Jean Lainé,  Alicia Nafé,  Richard Amner  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Ion Marin,  Georges Prêtre,  Giuseppe Sinopoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    The Placido Domingo Story [3-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001515302 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Monserrat Aparici,  Pedro Di Proenza,  Tatiana Troyanos  ... 
    Conductor:  Nello Santi,  Rafael Kubelik,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Rachmaninov: The Bells / Serebrier, Russian National Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 680255 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Wenn-Sinn Yang,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Andrei Popov,  Lyubov Petrova
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra,  Moscow State Chamber Choir
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  • 21.
    Tchaikovsky: Complete Songs Vol 4 / Rautio, Leiferkus, Skigin
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51269 Release Date: 09/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Semeon Skigin,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Nina Rautio,  Semion Skigin
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  • 22.
    Prokofiev: 6 Operas / Gergiev, Kirov Opera [14-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001406802 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Mikhail Chernozhukov,  Irina Bogachova,  Maria Gortsievskaja,  Genadij Bezzubenkov  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Chorus,  Kirov Theater Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa / Jarvi, Leiferkus, Gorchakova, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439906 Release Date: 07/22/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Richard Margison,  Monte Pederson,  Heinz Zednik,  Larissa Diadkova  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Stockholm Opera Chorus
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    Beethoven: Fidelio / Harnoncourt, Seiffert, Bonney, Margiono, COE
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4691254 Release Date: 05/04/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Charlotte Margiono,  Barbara Bonney,  Peter Seiffert,  Boje Skovhus  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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  • 25.
    Puccini: Gianni Schicchi; Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight / Jurowski, Corbelli [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7010 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Alessandro Corbelli,  Sally Matthews,  Massimo Giordano  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
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