Pavel Kolgatin

Engagements this season and beyond include Equivoco Stravagante at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, his debut as Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, and a return to the role of Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Wiener Staatsoper.

© Pavel Molchanov


Pavel Kolgatin was a student of the State Academy of Choral Art under the tuition of Professor Dmitry Vdovin. Whilst still a student, he was invited to the Young Artists programme of the Bolshoi Theatre.

He was winner of the Laureate of the Academy of Mozart in Aix-en-Provence, the International Feodor Chaliapin Young Singers Competition (2010) and the National Competitions in Ryazan and Moscow (2005). He was a prize winner at Neue Stimmen (2009) and was awarded first prize at the Hariclea Darclée International Voice competition held in Brăila, Romania in 2015.

He recently made his debut at the Salzburg Festival for Die Liebe der Danae and sang Il Conte D’Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Dresden Semperoper. He also made his debut with the Polish National Opera as Don Narcisco in Il Turco in Italia. Last season he made his Nationaltheater Mannheim and Theater Basel debuts, as Prince Ramiro in performances of Cenerentola at both houses. Pavel is also a member of the Wiener Staatsoper and performs regularly in Vienna, in roles such as Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, The Innocent Boris Godunov, Basilio Le nozze di Figaro, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Brighella Ariadne auf Naxos, Ferdinand in Thomas Ades’ The Tempest and Il barbiere di Siviglia.



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    Balakirev and Russian Folksong

    Label: Tocatta Classics

    Release Date: 03 Sep 07

    Grand Fantasia on Russian Folksongs for piano and orchestra
    30 Songs of the Russian People

    Conductor: Konstantin Krimets

    Joseph Banowetz
    Olga Kalugina
    Svetlana Nikolaeva
    Pavel Kolgatin
    Joseph Banowetz
    Alton Chung Ming Chan

    Russian Philharmonic of Moscow

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    13 Aug 19 ROSSINI L'equivoco stravagante
    Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro

    “(…) sang a very successful “Sento da mille furie” in the second act, an aria where he could display coloratura, legato, very high notes, in a great performance.”

    Laura Servidei, Bachtrack, 14 August 2019

    “l passaggio più coinvolgente però è fuori dalla scena, quando dopo l’applauditissimo duetto tra Ernestina e Buralicchio, il sipario si chiude.Sul palco c’è solo Ermanno, Kolgatin, che regala al pubblico, come fosse un diamante tra tante pietre più o meno preziose, la sua aria Sento da Mille Furie.”

    (Translated) “The most engaging passage, however, is beyond this scene, when after the highly acclaimed duet between Ernestina and Buralicchio, the curtain closes. On the stage there is only Ermanno, Kolgatin, who gives the public, like a diamond among many more-or-less precious stones, his aria Sento da Mille Furie.”

    Micaela Vitri, Il Resto del Carlino, 14 August 2019

    “Le ténor Pavel Kolgatin (…) se fait héroïque et furieux dans l’air du deuxième acte et dans la scène en prison, avec une voix fluide et riche en couleurs.”

    (Translated)”The tenor Pavel Kolgatin (…) is heroic and furious in the second act aria and in the scene in prison, with a fluid voice and rich colors.”

    Elisabeth Schneiter, ResMusica, 27 August 2019

    “(..)délicieux Ermanno (le précepteur transi d’amour) de Pavel Kolgatin”

    (Translated) “A delicious Ermanno (the heartbroken tutor) from Pavel Kolgatin…”

    Avant Scène Opéra, 22 August 2019


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    23 Apr 19 STRAUSS Ariade auf Naxos
    Teatro alla Scala

    “Buone le maschere, soprattutto nel bel timbro di Brighella Pavel Kolgatin…”

    [Translated] “Good masks, especially in the beautiful mark of Brighella by Pavel Kolgatin”

    Milano Reporter, April 2019

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    26 May 18 STRAUSS Capriccio
    Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

    “Pavel Kolgatin was an impressive Italian Tenor with plenty of humor and energetic characterization. The mock Metastasio heroic “Addio” duet sung in gondolas moved around the stage by hefty stage-hands was a delicious parody of verismo excess with both vocalists trying to out-sing and upstage each other at every opportunity.”

    Jonathan Sutherland, Operawire, 26 May 2018

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    09 Sep 17 MOZART Le nozze di Figaro
    Wiener Staatsoper

    “… the obsequious Don Basilio of Pavel Kolgatin…”
    Rick Perdian, Seen and Heard, 13 September 2017

    “Eine Luxusbesetzung für Don Basilio ist Pavel Kolgatin.”
    Elena Habermann, Der Ner Neue, Merker, September 2017

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    12 Aug 16 STRAUSS Die Liebe der Danae
    Salzburg Festival

    “Clever casting too in the Four (well-contrasted) Kings, taken here by Pavel Kolgatin, Andi Früh, Ryan Speedo Green, and Jongmin Park.”
    Moore Parker, The Opera Critic, 8 August 2016

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    03 Jul 16 Bad Kissingen Sommer International Music Festival
    Bad Kissingen

    “…gut sitzende, sehr bewegliche, höhensichere Stimme, die dem kammermusikalischen Aspekt der Lieder bestens gerecht wurde. Er bediente mit Verdis “Ad una stella”, “Deh, pietoso, oh Adolorata” oder Bellinis “Ma rendi pur contento” in großen dynamischen Bögen die starke emotionalen Wendungen nach außen.”
    Thomas Anhert, Main Post, 6 July 2016

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    01 May 16 MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov
    Wiener Staatsoper

    “Nicht zu vergessen auch Pavel Kolgatin in der Rolle des Gottesnarren, der am Ende der vorletzten Szene in der Urfassung der Oper das kommende Leid Russlands mit sehr gut geführtem Tenor und vielleicht fast schon zu schön beschwor.”
    Simon Haasis, Bachtrack, 7 May 2016

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    03 Mar 16 ROSSINI Il barbiere di Siviglia
    Wiener Staatsoper

    “Conte Almaviva ist bei Pavel Kolgatin in sicherer Kehle. Auch spielt der junge Russe, der schon sehr international, speziell in Italien, unterwegs ist, sehr gut.”
    Elena Habermann, Online Merker, March 2016

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    22 Feb 15 BELLINI La Sonnambula
    Salzburger Landestheater

    “Maybe the highlight of the evening was 27-year old tenor Pavel Kolgatin in the role of Elvino. What a lovely lyric tenor voice! But also his physical appearance was really nice and the female part of the audience surely would have loved to be his beloved. He gave a really great performance with clear and tastefull singing.”
    Daniel Url, The Operatic Musicologist, 23 February 2015

    “The Russian is an Italian tenor par excellence, meaty, bright strong, always present and confident.”
    Reinhard Kreichbaum, Dreh Punkt Kultur, 23 February 2015

    “He grasped the audience from the first minute with his warm and incredibly clear timbre. Despite his young age, Kolgatin has a very prominent and diverse voice, and it is especially the piano passages in which the tenor demonstrated his variety of timbres.”
    Larissa Schütz, Bachtrack, 24 February 2015

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    31 Jan 14 MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov
    Wiener Staatsoper

    “Die für mich ergreifendste Szene war die zwischen dem Boris und dem Gottesnarren, der von Pavel Kolgatin einfach
    großartig gesungen und besonders gespielt wurde. Ein vom Schicksal
    gebeutelter, der zum Opfer der „Maltchiki (kleinen Buben)“ wurde – und
    als einziger den Mut hat, dem Zaren das ins Gesicht zu sagen, was andere
    nur hinter dessen Rücken munkeln. Kolgatin war für mich die Entdeckung
    des Abends.”
    Kurt Vlach, Online Merker, 31 January 2014

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    25 Dec 08 Russian Recital
    Bolshoi Theatre

    “…The breakthrough of the night was the tenor Pavel Kolgatin, Dmitry Vdovin’s student. Despite being only 21 years old he has shown himself as the real expert in his genre. Kolgatin knows how to create the special intimate atmosphere as if he applies to each listener…”
    Kultura Newspaper, 25 December 2008

See Belcanto.ru’s feature interview with Pavel Kolgatin: Stars of the Opera from December 2019.



ADES The Tempest
BELLINI La Sonnambula (Elvino)
DONIZETTI L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino)
GLUCK Alceste (Evandro)
GLUCK Orfeo ed Euridice (Orfeo)
MONTEVERDI Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Telemach)
MOZART Die Zauberflöte (Tamino)
MOZART Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio)
MOZART Così fan tutte (Ferrando)
MOZART Le nozze di Figaro (Basilio)
MOZART Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Belmonte)
MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov (The Innocent, Simpleton)
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Snow Maiden (Tsar Berendey)
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Sadko (Kaufmann aus Indien)
ROSSINI Il viaggio a Reims (Cavaliere Belfiore)
ROSSINI Il turco in Italia
ROSSINI La Cenerentola (Don Ramiro)
ROSSINI Il barbiere di Siviglia (Count Almaviva)
ROSSINI L’equivoco stravagante (Ermanno)
STRAUSS Ariadne auf Naxos (Brighella)
STRAUSS Die Liebe der Danae
TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin (Lensky)
VERDI Falstaff (Fenton)