Bass Vitalij Kowaljow has established himself as one of the world’s leading operatic interpreters in a repertoire of over 50 roles. He has sung in such celebrated houses as the Metropolitan Opera New York, the San Franciso Opera, the Bayerischen Staatsoper Munich, the Teatro alla Scala, the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Recent appearances include the role of Wotan (Das Rheingold), celebrated by audiences and critics alike, at the Edinburgh Festival with Valery Gergiev and at the Mariinsky Theater, his debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival as Wotan (Die Walküre) with Christian Thielemann conducting, Zaccaria (Nabucco) and Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra) at the Teatre del Liceu, Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino) and Gremin (Eugene Onegin) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Walter in Luisa Miller at the Opernhaus Zürich and with the Verbier Festival, Banquo (Macbeth) and Walter at the Nationale Opera in Amsterdam, Padre Guardiano at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Giorgio (I Puritani) and Zaccaria with the Vienna State Opera and Don Alfonso in Lucrezia Borgia in San Francisco.
Vitalij Kowaljow’s extensive concert appearances include performances with the Deutsche Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the orchestras of San Francisco and Chicago. Recently, he could be heard as a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem at the Festivals Chorégies d’Orange. Mr. Kowaljow is a frequent collaborator with such leading conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Plácido Domingo, Nicola Luisotti, Bertrand de Billy and Fabio Luisi.
The artist’s discography includes CD recordings of La Bohéme, Leoncavallo’s I Medici and Mozart’s Don Giovanni, as well as DVD performances of Robert Dornhelm’s production of La Bohéme as well as Lucrezia Borgia, Die Walküre and Nabucco. Most recently he made an important debut in the role of Veit Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) with the Salzburg Easter Festival.
In upcoming performances, Vitalij Kowaljow will appear as Zaccaria at the Semperoper Dresden, as the Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlos) at the Operá National de Paris, and in a new production of Medeé at the Salzburg Summer Festival. In March 2020 he will perform his first Holländer in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto.