Russian-American bass-baritone Grigory Soloviov, the latest addition to the Laifer roster, was recently praised for his portrayal of the title character in Jay Reise’s 1988 opera Rasputin: “Grigory Soloviov’s deep booming bass is truly hypnotizing; it puts you into some kind of trance. It is chillingly beautiful.” For the same role, another reviewer said, “The character of Rasputin in this show was brilliantly portrayed by Grigory Soloviov, who [posseses a] splendid voice, rich in colors, and distinct, unique acting skills.”
Before completing his studies with the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist’s Program in 2009, Mr. Soloviov attended the prestigious Moscow State Conservatory. He has won or been placed as a finalist in many prestigious vocal competitions globally, including the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in Washington, DC, the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, and the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition.
Mr. Soloviov has performed on numerous stages across the world, among which are the Metropolitan Opera, Gran Teatro La Fenice, the Washington National Opera, Bolshoi Academic State Theatre, Helikon-Opera, the Dallas Opera, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Opéra National de Lyon, Opéra de Tours, Opéra De Montréal, the Palm Beach Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. In addition to his work in the contemporary Rasputin, he has received acclaim for performances in greatly varied repertoire such as Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Leporello and Masetto (DonGiovanni), Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Sparafucile and Monterone (Rigoletto), Lodovico (Otello), Colline (La Boheme) and Frank (Die Fledermaus) to name a few.
His concert work includes appearances with such orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco.
Most recently, Mr. Soloviov performed in Moscow as Malyuta Skuratov in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, after which he made his Carnegie Hall (Zankel) debut as a special guest artist in the Giuseppe Giacomini Opera Gala. This past summer he was Zuniga (Carmen) at the Grange Festival (UK) followed and in the fall he performs at Helikon-Opera of Malyuta Skuratov (Tsar’s Bride), Timur (Turandot), Salieri (Mozart and Salieri), Frank (Fledermaus) and additional performances of Rasputin. In 2018-19 he will portray the Priest in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.”.