Born in Belarus, tenor Pavel Valuzhin has emerged in recent seasons as one of the most dynamic tenors on stage today. In the fall of 2018, Valuzhin joined the ensemble at Staatsoper Stuttgart, where his roles have included Rodolfo in La Boheme, the Duke in Rigoletto and Alfredo in La Traviata. In addition to his performances in Stuttgart, the tenor will appear at the Volksoper Wien as the Duke and return to the Bolshoi as Rodolfo.
Prior to joining the ensemble in Stuttgart, Valuzhin was a leading tenor soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre, where he has been heard in several roles including Rodolfo, the Duke, and Likov in The Tsar’s Bride. In the fall of 2017, Valuzhin made his Western European operatic debut, appearing at Theater Basel as Alfredo in a new production of La Traviata. He subsequently made his German Operatic debut at Theater Bonn as Alfredo, after which he made his debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Rigoletto. The 2018/19 season saw Valuzhin’s debut at the Semperoper Dresden as Rodolfo, at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and the Bregenz Festival as the Duke, and at Opera de Toulon as Lensky in Eugene Onegin. He also returned to the Bolshoi Theatre as Kai in The Story of Kai and Gerda.
A graduate of the Molodechny Music College, Valuzhin subsequently pursued his vocal studies at the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory under the famed mezzo-soprano, Irina Bogacheva. In September of 2013, he was invited to join the Young Artists Program at the Bolshoi Theatre, where he continued his vocal studies under Maestro Dmitry Vdovin. While still a member of the studio, he was invited to sing Rodolfo in La Boheme on the Historic Stage of the Bolshoi Opera.
Valuzhin’s recent engagements also include the CD recording of Desyatnikov’s Rosenthal’s Children under Aleksander Vedernikov, a concert with Semen Skigin in Bad Kissingen, Germany, and his debut as Kai in Banevich’s The Story of Kai and Gerda at the Bolshoi Theatre’s New Stage. Among the artist’s developing operatic repertoire are such roles as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, and Prince Vladimir in Prince Igor.