Михаил Петренко

Biography

Mikhail Petrenko graduated the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, class of Professor Minzhilkiev; he was awarded a diplomas at the third International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition (1998), won the first Elena Obraztsova Competition and was a finalist and diploma-winner at the Maria Callas New Verdi Voices Competition, Parma (2000).

His operatic roles include Heinrich in Lohengrin, Hunding in Die Walküre, Hagen in Götterdämmerung, King Marke in Tristan und Isolde, Frère Laurent in Romeo and Juliet, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Leporello in Don Giovanni, The Pope in Benvenuto Cellini, Oreste in Elektra, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Prince Galitsky in Prince Igor. Recent notable performances include his first Metropolitan Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) and the world premiere of Bluebeard’s Castle with the Cleveland Orchestra – an opera and ballet production in collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet.

He regularly collaborates with top conductors including Vladimir Jurowski, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Charles Dutoit, Myung-whun Chung, Daniel Harding, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Simon Rattle, Jonathan Nott, Marc Minkowski and Daniel Barenboim, appearing at the Wiener Staatsoper, Netherlands Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, La Scala and the Aix-en-Provence, Verbier, Salzburg, Lucerne and the BBC Proms festivals.

Equally established on the concert platform, he has performed concerts and recitals in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Denmark and Budapest. Last season he performed Rachmaninov’s The Bells with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Søndergård and closed the season with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 with the Berlin Philarmonic and Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

Engagements this season and beyond include La damnation de Faust with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Simon Boccanegra at La Scala, Tristan and Isolde at the Hamburg State Opera, Bluebeard’s Castle at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Lohengrin at the Korea National Opera and Romeo et Juliet, Elektra and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Metropolitan Opera. Further future engagements include Ivan the Terrible with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Muti, Bluebeard’s Castle with the Orchestre Philarmonique de Liege and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Nabucco at La Scala and a return to the Metropolitan Opera.

His many recordings include Die Walkure conducted by Gergiev, released on the Mariinsky Label, and Gounod's Romeo et Juliette conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, released on Deutsche Grammophon. He recently added an EMI recording of Rachmaninov’s The Bells with the Berlin Philarmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle to his discography, and also features as Leporello in the film version of Don Giovanni, (Kasper Holten’s Juan).