Born in 1984 near Izhevsk in Udmurtia (Central Russia), Konstantin Shushakov began his musical education at Izhevsk Music College, later attending the Russian Academy of Theatrical Art. He studied with Georgy Ansimov and Yuri Udalov at the Academy’s music theatre program and graduated in 2009. In May of 2011, Shushakov was a prizewinner at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and in July of 2011 he was awarded Second Prize at Placido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in Moscow. In 2012, the baritone became a soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre, where he currently maintains a busy performance calendar. Shushakov began the current season with his debut at Den Norske Opera in Oslo as Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades, and he will soon appear for the first time with Opéra de Rouen as the title role in Eugene Onegin. Next season, Shushakov joins the ensemble at Opernhaus Zürich, where he will sing such roles as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Marcello in La Bohème and Valentin in Faust.
In the 2017/18 season, Shushakov debuted at the Vancouver Opera as Eugene Onegin, after which he returned to the Savonlinna Opera Festival as Yeletsky. In December of 2016, he sang his first Tzarevich Afron in Le coq d’or at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. In June of the same year, he made his debut at the Grand-Théâtre de Genève as Ford in Falstaff. In April of 2016, Shushakov starred as Malatesta in the Bolshoi’s new production of Don Pasquale, and in 2015 he performed as Count Almaviva in their new production of Le nozze di Figaro. Other important engagements have included Shushakov’s 2014 debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte and his 2015 South American debut as the title role in Eugene Onegin at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo in Brazil. He also recently appeared in Perm in Iolanta and sang Nottingham opposite the Elisabetta of Mariella Devia in the concert performance of Roberto Devereux in Moscow.
Shushkakov was a member of the Young Artist Program at the Bolshoi from October of 2009 to July of 2011, making his debut in June of 2010 as Schaunard in Puccini’s La Boheme, conducted by Antonello Allemandi. That same year he sang Paris in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliette and Hermann in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and in 2011 he sang Dancaire in Carmen, conducted by Emmanuel Joel-Hornak. Shushakov has since appeared regularly at the Bolshoi in such roles as Shchelkalov in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky; Pantalon in Prokofiev’s Love to Three Oranges, conducted by Alan Buribaev; Yeletsky in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades; Zurga in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers; Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte; and Marcelo in La Boheme. Most notably, he made a successful debut as Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Christopher Moulds, a role which he reprised in May of 2012. Other roles in preparation include Posa in Don Carlo, Riccardo in I Puritani, and the title role in Hamlet.
Also active on the concert platform, Shushakov has sung the baritone solo in Brahms’ German Requiem with the Russian National Orchestra at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, conducted by Mikhail Pletnev. He has also taken part in the International Chamber Levitan Festival in Plyos and sung in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor with Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra in Moscow, conducted by Alexander Rudin. Shushakov’s concert repertoire also includes the solo parts in Haydn’s Stabat Mater and Faure’s Requiem.