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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 Malďy 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
Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel / Gergiev, Gorchakova, Leiferkus
Release Date: 10/24/1995   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 446078   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 26.
    Janácek: Glagolitic Mass, Sinfonietta / Dutoit, Montréal
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436211 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Thomas Trotter,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Kaludi Kaludov,  Eva Randová  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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  • 27.
    Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight / Leiferkus, Jurowski
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 919 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Viacheslav Voynarovskiy,  Maxim Mikhailov,  Richard Berkeley-Steele,  Sergei Leiferkus  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Ustvolskaya: Octet, Etc; Shostakovich: Piano Quintet / Stott
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51194 Release Date: 07/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Galina Ustvolskaya,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Susie Mészáros,  Lyn Fletcher,  Christopher Tombling,  Maya Iwabuchi  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Stephenson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Musici,  London Musici Quartet
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  • 29.
    Gala Tribute To Tchaikovsky / Domingo, Te Kanawa, Royal Ballet
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1488 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus,  Placido Domingo,  Anna Tomowa-Sintow,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
    Conductor:  Placido Domingo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Mussorgsky: Songs Vol 4 / Sergei Leiferkus, Semion Skigin
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51274 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus,  Semeon Skigin,  Vovka Ashkenazy
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  • 31.
    London Po 75th Anniversary  Vol 3 / Tennstedt, Masur, Et Al
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 99 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Michael George,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Tatiana Monogarova  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst,  Vladimir Jurowski,  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Linz Mozart Choir  ... 
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  • 32.
    Mahler: Das Klagende Lied / Tilson Thomas, San Francisco So
    Label: San Francisco Symphony   Catalog: 60017 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Moser,  Michelle DeYoung,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Marina Shaguch
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
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  • 33.
    Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame Highlights / Ozawa, Freni
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61227 Release Date: 08/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Dennis Petersen,  Mirella Freni,  Vladimir Atlantov,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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  • 34.
    Rachmaninov: The Bells, Spring, 3 Russian Songs / Dutoit
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440355 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Kaludi Kaludov,  Alexandrina Pendatchanska,  Sergei Leiferkus
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia
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  • 35.
    Songs Of Borodin & Dargomďzhsky / Leiferkus, Skigin
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51275 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Alexander Dargomizhsky
    Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus,  Semeon Skigin,  Leonid Gorokhov
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  • 36.
    Shostakovich: Orchestral Songs And Waltzes / Sanderling, Leiferkus, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4776111 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus
    Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Chorus
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  • 37.
    Shostakovich: Songs, Lady Macbeth / Chung, Ewing, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000677002 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Elisabeth Söderström  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi,  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Opera Chorus,  Bastille Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 38.
    Opera House - Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa / Järvi, Leiferkus, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000617102 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Galina Gorchakova,  Sergei Larin,  Anatolij Kotscherga,  Larissa Diadkova  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Opera Chorus,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Leiferkus, Marusin, Et Al
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1165 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Yuri Marusin,  Larissa Dyadkova,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Tatiana Novikova
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Saint-saëns: Samson Et Dalila / Levine, Borodina, Domingo, Met Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000302309 Release Date: 09/14/2004  
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Charles Anthony,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Olga Borodina,  Richard Paul Fink  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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  • 41.
    Trio - Rachmaninov: Complete Operas / Järvi, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000247402 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sergei Alexashkin,  Anatolij Kotscherga,  Vladimir Chernov,  Sergei Larin  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Opera Chorus,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus
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  • 42.
    Classic Library - Mussorgsky: Pictures, Etc / Temirkanov
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 59423 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Prokofiev - Enfant Terrible - A 50th Anniversary Celebration
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473443 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Mischa Maisky,  Nikolai Okhotnikov,  Vladimir Zhivopistsev,  Lyudmila Kasianenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Valery Gergiev,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Russian National Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus  ... 
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  • 44.
    Beethoven: Fidelio Highlights / Bonney, Harnoncourt
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 41374 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  László Polgár,  Peter Seiffert,  Boje Skovhus  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 45.
    Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Gergiev, Lloyd, Kirov Opera
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 075089 Release Date: 05/14/2002  
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Alexei Steblianko,  Robert Lloyd,  Olga Borodina,  Sergei Leiferkus  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Verdi: The Tenor Arias / Placido Domingo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471335 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Wladimiro Ganzarolli,  Gwynne Howell,  Leontyne Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Valery Gergiev,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra  ... 
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  • 47.
    Domingo - The Verdi Tenor
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471478 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Rosalind Plowright,  Placido Domingo,  Walter Gullino,  Sergei Leiferkus  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Carlos Kleiber,  Claudio Abbado,  Myung-Whun Chung  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Verdi: Otello / Solti, Domingo, Te Kanawa
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1492 Release Date: 04/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Ramon Remedios,  Roderick Earle,  Robin Leggate  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 14;  Mussorgsky / Neeme Järvi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437785 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Luba Kazarnovskaya,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Brigitte Fassbaender
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Tchaikovsky: Complete Songs Vol 1 / Leiferkus, Skigin
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51266 Release Date: 08/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus,  Semeon Skigin
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