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Maxim Aksenov


  • Russian tenor Maxim Aksenov has distinguished himself as one of the most exciting young dramatic tenors today. His vast repertoire includes roles such as Herman Pique Dame (a role he has performed over two hundred times), Luigi Il tabarro, Don Alvaro La forza del destino, Don Jose Carmen, Turridu Cavalleria Rusticana, Vaudemont Iolanta and Pinkerton Madama Butterfly. In 2012 he made a star-making debut as Prince Vsevolod Yuryevich in the acclaimed production of The Legend of The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh at Dutch National Opera, which was subsequently released on DVD.

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  • Current and recent highlights include Lensky Eugene Onegin at Vancouver Opera, his house debut at the Salzburg Festival reprising the role of Sergei Lady Macbeth of Mzensk District and his debut in the role of Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot with Oper Köln. Other highlights include Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko.

    A native of Norilsk, Russia, Aksenov first trained as a pianist before joining the Vocal Department at the Novosibirsk State Conservatoire. While studying there he became an ensemble member of the Novosibirsk Musical Theatre and the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, making his professional debut at the very young age of 19. In 2003 he became a soloist of Kazan Opera and Ballet Theatre whilst studying under Professor Sungatullina at the Kazan Conservatoire. Upon his graduation in 2005 he was engaged by the prestigious Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg and made his debut as Vaudemont in a performance of Iolanta at the XIII International Stars of the White Nights Festival. With the Mariinsky Theatre he performed Herman Pique Dame under Valery Gergiev in a tour to the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Switzerland. The role soon became a calling card and was a vehicle for his Italian debut in 2009 at the Teatro Regio di Torino under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda and his Deutsche Oper Berlin debut under Gergiev. In 2012 he made a star-making debut as Prince Vsevolod Yuryevich in the acclaimed production of The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh at Dutch National Opera, which was subsequently released on DVD.

    Other recent successes include his US debut with Rusalka at Kansas City Opera and a return to Amsterdam for a new production of Khovantschina and to Rome for Il Tabarro. He also made role debuts as Prince Yuriy in Christof Loy’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s Charodéyka at Theater an der Wien; Sergei in a new production of Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District at Deutsche Oper Berlin; and the title role of Otello at the Mariinsky. Aksenov recently performed in two new productions at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma: Rusalka and Pique Dame under James Conlon, a role he also reprised for the Mariinsky and on tour with them to Baden-Baden Festspielhaus. Other recent performances include Pinkerton Madama Butterfly with Wiener Staatsoper and Berliner Staatsoper; Luigi in new productions of Il tabarro at Theater an der Wien and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma; Don Jose in a new production of Carmen in Teatro Regio di Torino; and Lensky Eugene Onegin at Staastoper Berlin and in Turin.

    2017-2018 season / 512 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Season highlights

Pinkerton Madama Butterfly
San Francisco Opera

Sergei Lady Macbeth of Mzensk District
Opernhaus Zürich

Calaf Turandot
Opern Koeln

Sergei Lady Macbeth of Mzensk District
Salzburg Festival


Don José Carmen 
Nadir Les pêcheurs de perle 

Prince Rusalka 

Laca Jenufa 

Canio I pagliacci

Turiddu Cavalleria rusticana 

Andrei Khovanski Khovanshchina 
Dimitri Boris Godunov 

Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi 
Pinkerton Madama Butterfly 
Luigi Il tabarro 
Cavaradossi Tosca 
Roberto Le villi 

Jeune tzigane Aleko 

Prince Vsevolod The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh

Sergei Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk 

Prinz Yuriy The Enchantress 
Vladimir Lenskij Eugene Onegin 
Herman Queen of Spades 

Riccardo Un ballo in maschera
Don Alvaro La forza del destino 
Oronte I lombardi alla prima crociata 
Rodolfo Luisa Miller 
Ismaele Nabucco 
Duke of Mantua Rigoletto
Alfredo Germont La traviata 

Paolo Francesca da Rimini 

Maxim Aksenov, who was in trumpeting form, pouring out an effortless stream of mettlesome, very Russian-sounding tenor tone… thrilling singing.

Opera News

Maxim Aksenov[‘s] voice has a tenor radiance causing everyone to melt before him – who could resist?

Berliner Morgenpost

This is a lyric-spinto tenor voice and wide with a beautifully sharp third ring and wide width. He also proved that he can sing the aria in the last act, and in the duet with Kuma in the third act.


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Maria Mot
Associate Director, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9904

Lottie Gulliver
Assistant to Associate Director, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9937

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