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Bass Valery Gilmanov studied with Alexei Levitsky at the State Conservatory of Novosibirsk. It was also at the National Theater of the Siberian metropolis that he had his first ensemble engagement in 1994, before he moved to Moscow in 2000 to join the Novoya Opera and, two years later, the Bolshoi Theater. His repertoire is wide ranging and includes such roles as Varlaam (Boris Godunov), Ivan Khovanski (Khovanshchina), Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Ramfis (Aida), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Sarastro (The Magic Flute) and Daland (The Flying Dutchman). As Boris Timofeyevich Izmailov in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, he was part of an extensive tour of Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and Argentina, which was conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich. Valery Gilmanov has been honored with various distinctions, including the Philip Morris Debut Prize, the Siberian Gold Metal, and the Golden Mask.