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 Washington National Opera, Gran Teatro La Fenice, 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), Sparafucileand Monterone (Rigoletto), Lodovico (Otello), Colline (La Boheme) and Frank (DieFledermaus), 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. The 2017 Season 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. Last summer, Grigory was in the UK performing as Zuniga in Carmen at the annual Grange Festival. This past season he returned to Helikon-Opera where he performed Escamillo(Carmen), Timur (Turandot), Salieri (Mozart and Salieri), Frank (Die Fledermaus), and additional performances of Rasputin and Malyuta Skuratov (Tsar’s Bride).
Currently he is in Russia performing the title role in Rachmaninov’s Aleko and King Dodon in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel. He will be back at the Helikon and will add The Priest in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk to his already impressive repertoire. And this fall he was in Guadalajara performing Timur in a new Turandot.
And in 2019 Ibn-Hakia, IOLANTA – Tchaikovsky, Theater an der Wien, March, Timur, TURANDOT Helikon-Opera, Salieri, MOZART AND SALIERI – Rimsky-Korsakov, Helikon-Opera Il Re, AIDA – Verdi, Helikon-Opera, May King Rene, IOLANATA – Tchaikovsky, Helikon-Opera and June 2019 Rangoni, BORIS GODUNOV – Mussorgsky, Helikon-Opera.