Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone


Lichtentaler Str. 13
D 76530 Baden - Baden, Germany
Tel. +49 7221 9029655

Sergei Leiferkus is considered one of the world’s most renowned performing artists. His ability to convey both nobility and evil makes him most noted for roles such as Scarpia in Tosca, Iago in Otello, Rangoni in Boris Godunov, Telramund in Lohengrin and Alberich in Der Ring des Nibelungen.

He has appeared at opera houses throughout the world, among them the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; the Vienna State Opera; the Opéra Bastille, Paris; La Scala, Milan; Deutsche Oper Berlin; San Francisco Opera; the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Palau de les Arts, Valencia; De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam; Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; and at the Edinburgh, Bregenz, Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals.

On the concert podium he has appeared with orchestras such as the London Symphony, Boston Symphony and Montreal Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington DC and Philadelphia Orchestra under conductors including Claudio Abbado, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Leonard Slatkin, Vladimir Jurowski, Kurt Masur and Sir Georg Solti.

The singer’s repertoire includes almost fifty opera roles, among them Eugene Onegin, Mazeppa, Prince Igor, Ruprecht (The Fiery Angel), Nabucco, Macbeth, Simone Boccanegra, Amonasro, Iago, Gérard, Don Giovanni, Telramund, Alberich and Klingsor. Almost one third of Sergei Leiferkus’ repertoire comprises Russian music from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Most recently he added several new roles to his repertoire. At the Hamburg State Opera, he sang his first Schigolch in the award-winning premiere of Lulu staged by Christoph Marthaler (three act version) and, also at the Hamburg State Opera, the role of L’uomo in the first staged production of Peter Eötvös’ Senza Sangue in Germany. At the National Opera Amsterdam he appeared in the world premiere of Alexander Raskatov’s A Dog’s Heart as Professor Filip Filippovich Preobrazhensky, and at the Glyndebourne Festival and the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden he sang The Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček.

Sergei Leiferkus has recorded almost forty CDs. His first CD recording of songs by Mussorgsky received a Grammy nomination, while another recording of all of Mussorgsky’s songs (on four CDs) was awarded the Cannes Classical Award and the Diapason d’Or Prize in 1997. The catalogue of Sergei Leiferkus’ video recordings includes operas staged at the Mariinsky Theatre (Eugene Onegin and The Fiery Angel) and at Covent Garden (Prince Igor and Otello), three versions of Pique Dame (Mariinsky Theatre, Wiener Staatsoper and Glyndebourne) and Nabucco (Bregenz Festival). Another production featuring Sergei Leiferkus has been acclaimed director Robert Wilson’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.

Besides his frequent appearances in opera, concert and recital, Sergei Leiferkus also gives master classes and teaches in Berlin, Toronto, Moscow and Boston, as well as at the renowned Britten-Pears School, Aldeburgh.

Sergei Leiferkus was born in St. Petersburg (Leningrad). After a first engagement at the Maly Theatre (today: Mikhailovsky Theatre), he joined the ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. His debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Kurt Masur in 1980 launched his international career.






Ludwig van Beethoven
Fidelio – Don Pizarro
Recording for Teldec. Metropolitan Opera New York, Dallas Opera, Garsington Opera, Salzburger Festspiele, Wiener Staatsoper
Alban Berg
Lulu – Schigolch
Staatsoper Hamburg
Alexander Borodin
Knyas Igor (Prince Igor) – Igor
DVD for Philips. Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Gewandhaus
Peter Eötvös
Senza Sangue – L’uomo
Staatsoper Hamburg
Benjamin Fleischmann
Rothschild‘s Violin –Jakow Iwanow
Bayerische Staatsoper München
Umberto Giordano
Andrea Chenier – Gérard
Tokyo, Chicago Lyric Opera, Metropolitan Opera New York
Leoš Janáček
Příhody lišky bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen) – Forester
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden
Modest Mussorgsky
Boris Godunov – Boris
Mikhailovsky Theatre St. Petersburg
Boris Godunov – Rangoni
Recording for Sony. Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Salzburger Festspiele, Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Dallas Opera, San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera New York
Giacomo Puccini
Gianni Schicchi – Gianni Schicchi   
Mikhailovsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Zazerkalie Theatre St. Petersburg
Tosca Scarpia
Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Staatsoper Hamburg, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Tokyo, Estonian National Opera Tallinn, Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile, Mikhailovsky Theatre St Petersburg
Sergei Rachmaninov
Aleko  Aleko
Recording for Deutsche Grammophon. Teatro Colòn Buenos Aires, Mariinsky Theatre Vladivostok, Mikhailovsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Hvorostovsky Festival Krasnoyarsk
Francesca da Rimini Lanceotto Malatesta
Recording for Deutsche Grammophon. Teatro Colòn Buenos Aires
Skupoi ryzar (The Miserly Knight) The Knight
DVD for Opus Arte, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra, La Monnaie/De Munt Bruxelles, Hvorostovsky Festival Krasnoyarsk
Alexander Raskatov
A Dog’s Heart Professor Filip Filippovich Preobrazhensky
De Nationale Opera Amsterdam
Gioachino Rossini
Guillaume Tell – Tell
Hamburgische Staatsoper
Dmitri Shostakovich
Nos (The Nose) – Ivan Yakovlevich
Bayerische Staatsoper München 
Sergey Slonimsky
Master i Margarita  Pilate
Mikhailovsky Theatre St. Petersburg
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Cherevichki – His Highness
Royal Opera House Covent Garden London
Iolanta  Ibn-Khakia
Prinzregententheater München
Orleanskaja deva (The Maid of Orleans) – Lionel
Washington National Opera
Pikovaya dama – Tomsky
Recording for Sony. Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Staatsoper Berlin, Opéra National de Paris, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Israel Philharmonic
Tcharodeika – Mamirov
Theater an der Wien
Giuseppe Verdi
Aida  Amonasro
Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Berliner Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen
Un ballo in maschera – Renato
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, San Francisco Opera
Macbeth – Macbeth
Houston Grand Opera
Otello – Iago
Recording for Deutsche Grammophon, DVD for Opus Arte. Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Estonian National Opera Tallinn, Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera New York, Opéra de Lyon, Tokyo, Wiener Staatsoper.
Richard Wagner
Götterdämmerung – Alberich
Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Teatro Massimo Palermo
Lohengrin – Telramund
Recording for RCA. San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Oper Bonn, Staatsoper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Massimo Palermo
Parsifal – Klingsor
Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Washington National Opera, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona
Das Rheingold – Alberich
Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Seoul Art Center, Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra Moscow
Siegfried – Alberich
Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Teatro Massimo Palermo
Alexander von Zemlinsky
Eine florentinische Tragödie – Simone
Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Roma, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, New National Theatre Tokyo