Russian-American bass-baritone Grigory Soloviov 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, Grigory 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.
Grigory 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 (Don Giovanni), 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.
Early 2017 saw Grigory in Moscow as Malyuta Skuratov in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, after which he made his Carnegie Hall (Zankel) debut as guest artist in a special opera gala honoring the great Italian tenor Giuseppe Giacomini. During the summer, Grigory was in the UK performing as Zuniga in Carmen at the annual Grange Festival. This season he has returned to Helikon-Opera where he is performing Escamillo (Carmen), Timur (Turandot), Salieri (Mozart and Salieri), Frank (Die Fledermaus) and additional performances of Rasputin and Malyuta Skuratov (Tsar’s Bride). In 2018-19 he will portray The Priest in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Friar Laurent with Cincinatti Opera in 2019. He is preparing the High Priest in Samson et Dalila for the following season.