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Born in Tambov in Central Russia, bassist Konstantin Gorny studied voice at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and meanwhile began his singing career in German-speaking countries. He made his opera debut as the high priest Baal in Verdi’s Nabucco in 1993 at the Bregenz Festival; afterward he was engaged by opera houses in Bremen, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Dresden, Wiesbaden, Weimar, and Stuttgart. In 1998 Gorny made his debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, where he has since appeared many times, including as Sarastro in The Magic Flute and as Ramfis in Aida. Presently he is closely associated with the Karlsruhe Staatstheater, where he is a resident member; for his portrayal there of the title role in Boito’s Mefistofele, he was nominated for a Singer of the Year Award in 2004 by the critics of Opernwelt. Konstantin Gorny last performed Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin at the Stuttgart Staatsoper.