guest artists

Damir Zakirov

Damir Zakirov graduated cum laude from the Kazan Conservatoire in 2010. When a student, he performed Ernesto in Donizettis Don Pasquale, the Child in Ravels Lenfant et les sortilèges, Siébel in Gounods Faust, Yavtukh in Anisimovas Viy, and Pedrillo in Mozarts Die Entführung aus dem Serail. In 20102011, he was a soloist with the Musa Cälil Theatre in Kazan and with the Sapaev Mari Theatre in Yoshkar-Ola. Since 2012, he has been a soloist with the St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire Theatre. Since 2013, he has been a guest soloist with the Zazerkalie Theatre in St Petersburg. Since 2014, he has been a guest soloist with the Komi Theatre. With governmental delegations of Tatarstan, he has toured to Brussels, London, Bangkok, Istanbul, Baku, and Moscow. Zakirovs repertoire includes: Almaviva in Rossinis Il barbiere di Siviglia, Duke in Verdis Rigoletto, Alfred in Verdis La traviata, Lensky in Tchaikovskys Eugene Onegin, Ferrando in Mozarts Così fan tutte, Vaudémont in Tchaikovskys Iolanta, Berendey in Rimsky-Korsakovs Snow Maiden, the Young Gypsy in Rachmaninoffs Aleko, Vladimir in Borodins Prince Igor, Elisey in Pleshaks Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights, Beppo in Leoncavallos Pagliacci, the Yurodivy in Mussorgskys Boris Godunov, Prince Alexis in Giordanos Siberia, and the tenor parts in Mozarts Requiem and masses by Mozart and Saint-Saëns.

In 20152017, Damir Zakirov was a guest soloist with the Mikhailovsky Opera. Since 2017, he has been a soloist with the Mikhailovsky Opera. Here he appeared in Puccinis La Bohème staged by Robert Carsen and participated in concert performances of Rachmaninoffs Miserly Knight and Rimsky-Korsakovs Snow Maiden. Nowadays, at the Theatre, he performs tenor parts in operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Antonín Dvořák, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.