Mikhail Urusov, Tenor

"The most talented Russian Tenor"
- Gennadiy Rozhdestvensky, the Conductor

"He has a rare ability to throw back his shoulders and project raw power without a trace of raucousness. We were in the second row last night, and whenever Urusov sung, I kept thinking that seats further back might have been a good idea..."
- from the review on "The Gamblers" with London Philharmonic Orchestra, BACHTRACK, 2010

The Honored Artist of Russia (2008)
National Heritage Award Laureate (2010)
Moscow City Prize Laureate (2004)
Irina Arkhipova Foundation Prize Laureate (2002)

Mikhail is a graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory (class of pr. P. Skusnichenko) and the laureate of the prestigious international music competitions.

From 1996 till 2009 he sang at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre leading parts of Jose in Carmen by G. Bizet, Alfredo in La Traviata and Ernani in Ernani by G. Verdi, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La Boheme - all by G. Puccini, Vaudemont in Iolanta and Herman in The Queen of Spades by P. Tchaikovsky.

He made his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in 2001 in the role of Alexey in the world premiere of the first edition of S. Prokofiev's The Gambler. Gennady Rozhdestvensky, outstanding conductor, named Mikhail Urusov "the most talented Russian tenor". At the Bolshoi Theatre Mikhail Urusov also sang the role of Andrew Khovansky in Mussorgsky Khovanshchina.

Mikhail Urusov performed as a guest soloist in the Chelyabinsk Opera and Ballet Theatre (Manrico in "Il Trovatore" by G.Verdi), Krasnoyarsk and Rostov Opera and Ballet Theatre (Jose, Cavaradossi, Pinkerton, Herman). He took part in the international tour of the Theater of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko in South Korea (1997), U.S. (2002) and Europe.

In 2006 he made his debut at the Theater "La Scala" (Milan, Italy) in the role of Ikharev in Shostakovich's opera The Players.

He has worked with such conductors as G.Rozhdestvensky, V.Jurowski, A.Vedernikov, P.Sorokin, F. Korobov, M.Fedotov, P.Ovsyannikov, S.Kondrashov, S.Tararin, V.Gorelick, Yu.Kochnev etc .

Mikhail Urusov has recently appeared as Turridu in Cavalleria Rusticana with Cleveland Đircle Opera, Herman in the Queen of Spades with Lowell House Opera and Andrey in the American premier of The Cossack Beyond The Danube with Commonwealth Theatre (Boston, MA).

Mikhail Urusov is one of the leading artists of the Lyrics Seasons art-project, a member of the independent theater project "Maria Callas Master Class" (Moscow) by Terrence McNally, and continues to work perform with "The Tenors of XXI century" being their artist from the moment of its foundation.

Stunning audiences with the power of his voice, Urusov has performed all over the world, touring extensively in Russia, Europe, East Asia, The United States and Israel.

Mikhail Urusov has been giving masterclasses at Harvard University and now preparing a cycle of opera showcases and seminars in NYC for the fall 2015.

Gherman's aria from the Queen of Spades (Act III)


Mikhail Urusov as Cavaradossi, Act I (TOSCA, Puccini)


Mikhail Urusov as Cavaradossi, Act III (TOSCA, Puccini)


"Thank you" (Russian romance)


Mikhail Urusov singing Andrey Khovansky in "Khovanschina", Mussorgsky


Mikhail Urusov singing the role of Alexey in Prokofiev's "The Gambler"