Russian bass Alexander Vassiliev made his Royal Opera debut in 2009 as Pan Golova (The Tsarina’s Slippers). He returns in the 2017/18 Season to sing Prison Governor (From the House of the Dead).
Vassiliev was born in St Petersburg and studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Evgeny Nesterenko before joining Bavarian State Opera’s Opera Studio. Engagements include Oedipe for Theater Bielefeld, Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Don Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) for Grand Théâtre de Genève, Gurnemanz (Parsifal) for Theater Lübeck, One-Armed Brother (Die Frau ohne Schatten) for La Scala, Milan, Gremin (Eugene Onegin) and Parson/Badger (The Cunning Little Vixen) for Glyndebourne Festival, Priest (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) and Farfarello (The Love for Three Oranges) for Dutch National Opera, Le Bailli (Werther) for Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Pistol (Falstaff) for Royal Danish Opera, Philip II (Don Carlos) and Yepanchin (The Idiot) in Mannheim, Bluebeard (Bluebeard’s Castle) for the International Chamber Opera Festival, St Petersburg, and Old Gypsy (Aleko), Polkan (The Golden Cockerel) and Parson (The Cunning Little Vixen) for La Monnaie, Brussels.
Vassiliev has performed in concert throughout Europe and in Singapore and the USA, at venues including the Palau de la Música, Barcelona, and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. His concert repertory includes Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Verdi’s and Mozart’s Requiems, Dvorák’s The Spectre’s Bride and Shostakovich’s Symphony no.14. He was founder and Artistic Director of the festival Klassikfest Kaiserstuhl in Ihringen.