Andrey Popov’s recent and upcoming engagements include Zadripa in Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk (Salzburg Festival), Mephistopheles and Agrippa in The Fiery Angel (Aix-en-Provence, Teatr Wielki Warsaw), Astrologer in The Golden Cockerel (Aix-en-Provence and Lyon), Police Inspector in The Nose, Mime in both Siegfried and Das Rheingold (Mariinsky Theatre), Scribe in Khovanshchina, Yeroshka in Prince Igor, Tchekalinski in Pique Dame (Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam), Sivobluj, Partizan, and Drunk Man in Lubchenko’s Doctor Zhivago (Regensburg).
Andrey Popov has sung at the most prestigious opera stages such as Royal Albert Hall London, Metropolitan Opera New York, Washington, Stockholm, Beijing, Tokyo, Helsinki, Brussels, Baden-Baden, Valencia, Paris, Tel-Aviv, Eilat, Las Palmas, Birmingham, Cardiff, at Mikkeli Festival (Finland), and at the Golden Mask Festival (Moscow). He has received much acclaim performing The Swan in Carmina Burana, recorded Mime in Das Rheingold (Valery Gergiev, conductor, with Rene Pape and Sir Willard White), and performed both Police Inspector in The Nose and The Simpleton in Boris Godunov at Metropolitan Opera. His other appearances include Police Inspector in The Nose (Aix-en-Provence and Lyon), Schuisky in Boris Godunov (Nice), The Simpleton in Boris Godunov (Madrid), Astrologer in The Golden Cockerel (Bolshoi Theatre Moscow), Mime in Das Rheingold, The Hunchback in Die Frau ohne Schatten (both in Edinburg Festival), Flogged Monk, Prince, Magnetiser, Old Man in the Woods, Storyteller in Rodion Shchedrin`s The Enchanted Wanderer (Royal Opera House Stockholm, Chaliapin Festival, Russia), Zadripa in Lady Macbeth from Mtzensk (Rostropovich Festival, International House of Music, Moscow, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow), Storyteller in The Enchanted Wanderer and the tenor parts in Carmina Burana (Mariinsky Theatre), Ivan in The Nose (Teatro dell’Opera, Rome, Finnish National Opera Helsinki), and the Tenor Solo in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Noord Nederlands Orkest.
Born in St. Petersburg, tenor Andrey Popov studied at the Conservatory in his native city.
He joined the Mariinsky Theatre and performed Astrologer in The Golden Cockerel, Prince Nilsky in The Gambler, Truffaldino in The Love for Three Oranges, Police Inspector in The Nose, Dr. Caius in Falstaff, Goro in Madama Butterfly, Pang in Turandot, A Young Servant in Elektra, Afanasy Ivanovich in The Fair at Sorochyntsi, Distiller in May Night, Vakula in Snow Maiden, Osip Nikiforovich in Christmas Eve, the title part in Kashchei the Immortal, The Shepherd in Oedipus Rex, Nero in The Mystery of Paul the Apostle, Prince in The Enchanted Wanderer, Selifan in Dead Souls, both Smerdyakov and The Devil in The Brothers Karamazov, Khristophor Burdyukov in The Lawsuit, Grigory Storchenko in Shponka and His Aunt, Iopas in Les Troyens, Gonzalve a Bachelor in L’heure espagnole, Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, both Mime and Loge in Das Rheingold, Mime in Siegfried, both Brighella and Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Hunchback in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Laca in Jenufa, and the title part in Stravinsky’s Mavra.
Andrei Popov is the recipient of the special prize for performing a contemporary work at the Rimsky-Korsakov Competition (2004). He also received a Grammy Nomination for the CD recording of the Nose (2010), the Golden Mask Award for the Best Male Opera Singer (2010), the All Russian ‘Teatral’ Society Award, the St. Petersburg Theatre Award Zolotoy Sophit (Golden Floodlight, 2010).