Elchin Azizov


Elchin Azizov, originally from Azerbaijan, studied at the Baku University of Art and Culture and obtained his diploma as film director. He continued his studies at the opera studio at the Baku Music Academy (with Azad Aliyev, conductor) and at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (with Richard Miller and Alessandro Misciasci). Thereafter, he was a member of Galina Vishnevskaya’s Opera Centre in Moscow, with Badri Maisuradze.

Since 2008, Elchin Azizov has been soloist of the ensemble of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

He has performed many leading parts, including Escamillo in Carmen (Galina Vishnevskaya’s Opera Centre, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow), Eugene Onegin (Galina Vishnevskaya’s Opera Centre, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Mikhailovsky Theatre), Count Tomsky in The Queen of Spades and Leandro in The Love for Three Oranges (both Bolshoi Theatre Moscow). Other appearances include Iago in Otello

(Big Hall of Moscow Conservatory, under Vladimir Fedoseev), Gryaznoy in The Tsar’s Bride (Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Tallinn, London, and Hong Kong Arts Festival), Amonasro in Aida (Santiago de Chile), Ibn-Hakia in Iolanta (Theater an der Wien, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow), Scarpia in Tosca, Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov, Macbeth, Germont in La traviata, Doctor Falke in Die Fledermaus, Igor Svyatoslavich in Prince Igor, and Rodrigo in Don Carlos (all in the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow), Conte di Luna in Il trovatore (Limoges, Reims), High Priest of Dagon in Samson et Dalila (Rome), Ibn-Hakia in Iolanta (Metropolitan Opera, NY), and Rachmaninov’s The Bells with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington.

Recent and upcoming engagements include among others Escamillo in Carmen (Bolshoi Theatre Moscow) and Ibn-Hakia in Iolanta (Warsaw).

Elchin Azizov is a prizewinner of the International Opera Singers Contest of Galina Vishnevskaya (2nd prize, 2008) and of the International Opera Singers Contest of Byulbyul in Baku (4th prize, 2005).

He also acted in many movies (Azerbaijan, Russia, and Turkey) and was himself the stage director of several movies and plays.