Denis Sedov

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Opera News hails Denis Sedov for “tall and commanding, gifted with a splendid physique and a bass to match” and his ability to “seduce with his voice as well as with his presence.” His engagements in the 2016/17 season include a debut of  the Title role in Glinka’s Ruslan ad Lyudmila in the Saint Petersburg festival All Together Opera, The Shanghai Symphony Orquestra for Commendatore in Don Giovanni, as well as Opera de Bauge in France for Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Pubblio in La clemenza di Tito, Shostakovich’s 13th symphony with Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. Last season he made his debut in Estonian National Opera with Ramfis in Aida, also sang Shostakovich’s 14th with Camerata Jerusalem and Bach’s H-moll mass with Saint Petersburg Symphony and Basilio in Barber of Seville in The New Israeli Opera


Mr. Sedov’s recent international engagements include his debut with the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni under the baton of Riccardo Muti at Teatro alla Scala, and Colline in La Bohème at Paris Opera. Also in Paris, he sang the title role in Don Giovanni and Count Rodolfo in La sonnambula at the Opéra Comique and in Florence. Further performances include Il Re di Scozia in Ariodante at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Don Profondo in Il viaggio a Reims with La Monnaie, Timur in Turandot at Opéra de Montréal, King Henry VIII in Anna Bolena in Torino, Selim in Il Turco in Italia in Marseille, Mustafa in L'Italiana in Algeri with Opéra du Rhin, Walter in Luisa Miller in Bordeaux, the tutor in Le Comte Ory in Toulouse, his Teatro Colon debut in Buenos Aires as Oroveso in Norma, Rossini’s Maometto Secondo in Strassbourg, Colline in La Bohème, more performances of Ariodante with Les Musiciens du Louvre, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte in Lyon, and Frere Laurent in Roméo et Juliette with L'Opera de Montreal and in Salerno. He has also sung further performances of Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Seneca in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at Aix-en-Provence in a production that he repeated in Vienna and Paris as well as Somnus in Seneca in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Spoleto Festival dei due Mondi. Cincinnati Opera for both Colline in La bohème and Lodovico in Otello and the Atlanta Symphony for the Chamberlain in Le rossignol in Atlanta as well as for performances at Carnegie Hall. He also joins the Teatro Colon for further performances of Colline in La bohème, Atlanta Opera for Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Palm Beach Opera for Leporello in Don Giovanni, Asociacion Gayarre Amigos de la Opera in Pamplona for Escamillo in Carmen. American Symphony Orquestra at Carnegie Hall and Vancouver Symphony for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. He sang Nourabad in Les pêcheur de perles with Washington National Opera, both Zoroastr in Handel’s Orlando and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Al Ayre Español, Shostakovich’s Song of the Forest at the Grant Park Music Festival, and the world premiere of Carlos Alberto Vazquez’s Requiem Domesticus at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico.  Salieri in  Rimsky -Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri  in Teatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro and  Stravinsky’s Rossignol in  Teatro Municipal Sao Paulo, as well as Boito’s Mefistofeles and Daland in Flying Dutchman in Teatro da Paz in Belem.


He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Nicola in Fedora after having been one of very few non-American singers ever invited to join the company’s prestigious Young Artist Development Programm. He has since joined the company for Colline in La Boheme, Orlick in Mazeppa and on tour in Japan for its production of Don Giovanni. Other American engagements include Giorgio in I Puritani with Seattle Opera, Escamillo in Carmen and Achilla in Giulio Cesare with San Francisco Opera, Assur in Semiramide and title role in Nozze di Figaro with Minnesota Opera, and Méphistophélès in Faust with Cincinnati Opera, and Il Re in Aida at the Aspen Music Festival. He also joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for performances of Colline in La Bohème with under the baton of Robert Spano that were recently released on the Telarc label.

He recorded Handel’s Ariodante with Marc Minkowski conducting Les Musiciens du Louvre (Deutsche Grammophon). He also recorded the role of Soliony in the world premiere of Trois Soeurs by Peter Eötvös (Deutsche Grammophon), having originally performed by the role at Opéra de Lyon and the Chatelet and his recording of Berlioz’ Romeo et Juliette with the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez has also recently been released on the Deutsche Grammophon label.  Few other CDs and DVDs hase been reliesed. Please see recordings page.

Denis Sedov is an equally engaging concert singer, recently joining Christoph Eschenbach and the L’Orchestre de Paris for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (performances of which have been released commercially on DVD) as well as the Quebec Symphony for the same work. Audiences at the Spoleto Festival heard his performances Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ. He sang Haydn’s Creation for the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp with Minkowski conducting and in Bordeaux. The bass made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut singing the Verdi Requiem. He Also sang this work in Jacksonville symphony orchestra and Orquestra de Minas Gerais in Brazil. He made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. He has also appeared with major orchestras throughout Israel including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Berlioz’ Damnation of Faust and Verdi’s Otello under the baton of Pappano.  The bass sang Rachmaninov’s The Bells with the Atlanta Symphony and in Valencia Spain. A worldwide audience of television viewers saw Mr. Sedov sing the Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Japan conducted by Seiji Ozawa as part of the winter Olympics in 1998.

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