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Yusif Eyvazov

Yusif Eyvazov is Azerbaijani dramatic tenor, who completed his advanced studies in Italy. There he took part in master classes with renowned opera singers such as tenor Franco Corelli and soprano Ghena Dimitrova. Since then there is hardly a major opera house that has not yet invited him to sing, including the Berlin, Munich and Vienna State Operas, Milan’s La Scala, Opera National de Paris, Royal Opera House, Metropolitan Opera, Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatres etc. The unique sound of his voice, described as “metallic, stentorian and markedly Italianate” (L.A. Times), and outstanding stage presence allow him to combine active opera career with frequent concert performances.

Biography:

Yusif Eyvazov is an Azerbaijani dramatic tenor, who completed his advanced studies in Italy. He has since gone on to sing in the most prestigious opera houses and Festivals in the world, including the Royal Opera House London, the Munich State Opera and the Vienna State Opera, La Scala Milan, the Opera National de Paris, and the Metropolitan Opera. The unique sound of his voice, described as “metallic, stentorian and markedly Italianate” (L.A. Times), and an outstanding stage presence have allowed him to combine active opera career with frequent concert performances. Yusif has appeared on numerous recordings for Deutsche Grammophon including a complete recording of Puccini’s ‘Manon Lescaut’ live from the Salzburg Festival and with his wife, soprano Anna Netrebko’s on the cross-over album Romanza. On March 9, 2017, Yusif Eyvazov was awarded the title of “People’s Artist of Azerbaijan”.

Yusif Eyvazov kicks off the 2019/20 Season as Maurizio in a concert version of Adriana Lecouvreur at Deutsche Oper Berlin, alongside Anna Netrebko. They make their return to the Opera National de Paris in a staged production of the same piece later in the season. Yusif Eyvazov returns to the Vienna State Opera twice this season- firstly as Manrico (Il Trovatore) and later as Radames (Aida). Yusif will sing the title role of Don Carlo in a prestigious new production co-commissioned by the Salzburg Easter Festival the Semperoper Dresden. The performances are conducted by Christian Thielemann and will feature a new, world-premiere instrumental prologue composed by Manfred Trojahn.

The 2019/20 season also sees Yusif return to the Metropolitan Opera to perform two of his signature roles: Herman (The Queen of Spades) and Calaf (Turandot)- a performance of which will be broadcast live in HD. Yusif will also take part in the prestigious New Year Eve Gala concert for the Metropolitan Opera conducted by Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin and featuring a line-up of international stars including Anna Netrebko.

On the concert stage together with Anna Netrebko, Yusif can be heard at the Bremen Musikfest, the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Teatro Real Madrid and the Liceu Barcelona, as well as at the Wiener Konzerthaus, and also at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow.

Highlights of the 18/19 season include role debuts as Dick Johnson (La Fanciulla del West) at the Metropolitan opera and as Don Alvaro (La forza del destino) at Royal Opera House. Moreover, Yusif Eyvazov appeared in title roles of Andrea Chenier at Vienna State Opera, Herman (The Queen of Spades) and Don Carlo at Bolshoi Theater. In addition, he sang Manrico (Il Trovatore), alongside Anna Netrebko, at the famous summer stage of Arena di Verona and Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur) at Salzburg Festival. He also gave the series of his first solo recitals at the Salle Gaveau, Elbphilharmonie and Tonhalle Düsseldorf, sang at Wiener Opernball and 350 th Anniversary Gala of Opera National de Paris. 

In the 17/18 season Yusif Eyvazov and Anna Netrebko had the release of new cross-over album “Romanza” for Deutsche Grammophon. In September and October they toured across Asia, Australia and New Zealand, including cities such as Dubai, Tokyo, Nanjing, Melbourne and Sydney. Then Yusif Eyvazov had a successful debut at the prestigious season opening of Teatro alla Scala in the title role of Andrea Chenier. In 17/18 he could be also seen at Bolshoi Theatre as Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut), at Covent Garden and Mariinsky theatre as Macduff (Macbeth), at Staatsoper Berlin as Cavaradossi (Tosca), Opera National de Paris as Manrico (Il Trovatore) and Arena di Verona as Radames (Aida). He gave concerts at Monte Carlo, Moscow, Minsk, Zagreb, London, Würth, Lübeck and Salzburg and finished the 17/18 season with an extensive tour throughout South America, including cities such as Santiago, Sao Paulo, Lima and Buenos Aires.

Yusif Eyvazov’s other recent performances include Calaf (Turandot) at the Vienna State Opera, Radames (Aida) and Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) for the Salzburg Festival, Canio (I Pagliacci) at Los Angeles Opera, Faust (Mefistofele) at the Prague State Opera and Otello for the Ravenna Music Festival.