Maxim Aksenov makes house debut with San Francisco Opera as Don José in Carmen
Maxim Aksenov travels to the United States this month to make his house debut at San Francisco Opera in Calixto Beito’s celebrated production of Carmen on 28 May 2016. Singing the role of Don José under the baton of Carlo Montanaro, Aksenov is joined by American mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson as in the title role and Michael Sumuel as Escamillos.
Aksenov received great praise for his recent performance as Prince Andrej Chovanski in Mussorgsky Khovantschina with Dutch National Opera earlier this season:
"Maxim Aksdenov is destructive and wilful as Andrei, the junior Khovansky [...] Evenings like this are why we go to the opera."
Financial Times, March 2016
Aksenov performs the role on 28, 31 May, 17, 30 June and 3 July. Following this, he returns to San Francisco next season to sing Pinkerton in their 2016-17 production of Madam Butterfly.
Maxim Aksenov debuts as Prince Andrej Chovanski in return to Dutch National Opera
Maxim Aksenov returns to Dutch National Opera on 27 February 2016 to make his role debit as Prince Andrej Chovanski in a new production of Khovanschina by Christof Loy. Performing alongside Aksenov are Dmitry Ivaschenko as Prince Ivan Chovanksi, Kurt Streit as Prince Golitsin and Gábor Bretz as Sjakloviti with Ingo Metzmacher conducting. Khovanshchina tells the story of the revolt of the Streltsy (musketeers) led by Prince Khovansky against Peter the Great.
Later in the season, Aksenov makes his house debut at San Francisco Opera as Don José Carmen. Aksenov returns to San Francisco Opera next season as Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly. Future engagements include debuts at Opernhaus Zürich and the Salzburg Festival.
Alisa Kolosova and Maxim Aksenov debut the title roles in Samson et Dalila
Alisa Kolosova and Maxim Aksenov make their role debuts at Theatre Basel on the 29 November 2015 when they take the title roles of Samson et Dalila. This concert performance, conducted by Theatre Basel Music Director Designate Erik Nielsen, is the Swiss premiere of the work in a series introducing known and unknown masterpieces of France. The concert also features Callum Thorpe as Abimelech and Simon Neal as the High Priest.
Further engagements in the 2015/2016 for Kolosova include role debuts as Isoletta in La Straniera at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and Eboli Don Carlo in São Paulo. Further notable engagements include her Dutch National Opera debut in a new production of Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette, and the Glagolitic Mass with Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Tonhalle in Zurich.
Later in the 2015/16 season, Aksenov makes his UK debut as Dick Johnson La Fanciulla del West at Grange Park Opera. He also returns to Dutch National Opera to sing his first Prince Andrej Chovanski in a new production of Khovanschina. Future engagements include house debuts with Zurich Opera, the Salzburg Festival and San Francisco Opera.
Maxim Aksenov sings the Prince in Rusalka in Lyric Opera of Kansas City house debut
Maxim Aksenov makes his house debut at Lyric Opera of Kansas City when he appears as The Prince Rusalka on the 7 November 2015. Aksenov is joined by Ellie Dehn in the title role, Kirsten Chambers as the Foreign Princess and conductor Alexander Polianichko. One of his signature roles, Aksenov performed the role twice last year at Teatro dell’Opera Roma and Monte-Carlo Opera:
“Maxim Aksenov, who was in trumpeting form, pouring out an effortless stream of mettlesome, very Russian-sounding tenor tone… thrilling singing.”
Opera News, January 2014
“Russian tenor Maxim Aksenov brought good looks, good high notes and a theatrical savoir faire that reveals his foundation in music theatre and his grounding in the Slavic repertory.”
Opera Today, February 2014
Future engagements for Aksenov in the current season include his role debut as Samson Samson et Dalila in a concert performance at Theater Basel and his UK debut as Dick Johnson La fanciulla del West at Grange Park Opera. He also returns to Dutch National Opera to sing his first Prince Andrej Chovanski in a new production of Khovanschina. Future engagements include house debuts with Zurich Opera, the Salzburg Festival and San Francisco Opera.
Further performances of Rusalka are on the 11, 13 and 15 November.
Maxim Aksenov sings Hermann in Pique Dame at Baden-Baden Festspielhaus
Maxim Aksenov concludes a hugely successful 2014/15 season by singing Hermann in a new staging of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame at Baden-Baden's Festspielhaus on 11 July 2015. The performance is part of the Mariinsky Opera tour of Europe, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Aksenov has performed the role of Hermann over 200 times at houses across Europe, including his Italian debut in 2009 at the Teatro Regio di Torino under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda and his Deutsche Oper Berlin debut under Gergiev.
Aksenov has become a regular with the Mariinsky Theatre and performed Hermann Pique Dame under Valery Gergiev in a tour to the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Switzerland.