The bass Dmitry Belosselsky was born in Pavlograd, Ukraine, and studied at the Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow. In 2005 he became a member of the famous Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir, where he is still active as a soloist. After winning second prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2007, he began his international operatic career. In 2010 Belosselsky became part of the Bolshoi Theater ensemble, where he developed a wide repertoire including such roles as Escamillo from Bizet’s Carmen, Ferrando from Verdi’s Il trovatore, King René from Tchaikovsky’s Iolanthe, and the title role in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. He has additionally been a guest artist, performing as Zaccaria in Verdi’s Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and La Scala in Milan, Banquo in Macbeth at the Bavarian Staatsoper, Verdi’s Attila at the Theater an der Wien, and Galitsky in Borodin’s Prince Igor at Zurich Opera, as well as at the Bregenz Festival. In 2013 Belosselsky sang the Verdi Requiem under Riccardo Muti and took part in a concert performance of Macbeth with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In April 2014 he made his debut at the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin as Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra; shortly after, in May, he appeared as Zaccaria at the Vienna Staatsoper. Belosselsky has worked with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Jesús López-Cóbos, Zubin Mehta, Mikhail Pletnev, and Vladimir Spivakov. Other credits include with the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Festival Chorégies d’Orange, and the Macau International Music Festival. Plans for the 2014-15 season include a new production of Verdi’s Aida at the Metropolitan Opera.

August 2014