Dmitry GolovninDmitry Golovnin graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 1997 as a trumpet player. After graduation, he was a soloist of the trumpet group of the St Petersburg Capella Symphonic Orchestra and a member of the Neva Brass Band. At the age of 27, he took his first singing classes. In 2001–2004, he was a student of the Music and Theatre High School in Hamburg. In 2001, he performed his first role, Boni in Kalman’s Silva. He was a trainee of Virgilijus Noreika, Elena Obraztsova, and other renowned vocalists.
In season 2003/2004, he performed Don José in Bizet’s Carmen in Seville and Lübben and Lyonel in Martha, oder Der Markt zu Richmond by Friedrich von Flotow at the Solingen Theatre. In 2005–2007, he was a soloist of the St Petersburg Chamber Opera where he performed Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, the Pretender in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, and Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. In 2013, he performed the main role in the première of the full version of Weinberg’s Idiot at the Mannheim Theatre under the baton of Thomas Sanderling. In 2016, he appeared as Don Juan in Dargomyzhsky’s Stone Guest at the Bolshoi Theatre, where he also performed Don José in Carmen and Sergei in Shostakovich’s Katerina Izmailova in 2019. In 2017, he performed Don José at the Latvian Opera as well as Agrippa von Nettesheim and Prince in Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel at the Colón Theatre in Buenos Aires. In 2018, he performed the Pretender in Boris Godunov under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski at the Paris Opera and under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In season 2018/19, he performed Alexey in Prokofiev’s Gambler at the Basel Theatre, Šapkin in Janáček’s Z mrtvého dom at the Lyon Opera, Charles VII in Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans at An der Wien. In season 2019/2020, he performed Sergei in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Frankfurt Opera, Alexey in The Gambler at the Lithuanian Opera, Herman in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades under the baton of Valery Gergiev and the Pretender in Boris Godunov under the baton of Sebastian Weigle as the Vienna Opera, as well as appeared in The Fiery Angel at the Madrid Royal Theatre and in The Queen of Spades at La Monnaie. His recent engagements also include Maler in American Lulu staged by Kirill Serebrennikov after the opera by Alban Berg, Max in Weber’s Der Freischütz and Agrippa von Nettesheim in Fiery Angel at the Berlin Comic Opera, Dante in Francesca da Rimini and Albert in The Miserly Night by Rachmaninoff at La Monnaie, Andrey Khovansky in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina staged by David Olden and the title role in Zemlinsky’s Der König Kandaules staged by Andriy Zholdak under the baton of Dmitry Jurowski at the Flemish Opera, Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth and Alexey in The Gambler at the Mariinsky Theatre, Don José in Carmen at the Novosibirsk Opera, and Federico in Cilea’s L’Arlésienne at the Wexford Festival.
In 2007, he joined the Mikhailovsky Opera. Here he performed Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Vladimir in Borodin’s Prince Igor, Lykov in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar’s Bride, and Don José in Carmen (productions by Stanislav Gaudasinsky). In 2016, he performed Albert in Miserly Knight as well as Dante and Paolo in Francesca da Rimini in the concert dedicated to the anniversary of Sergei Leiferkus at the Mikhailovsky Theatre. With the Mikhailovsky Opera, he has toured to Japan and Estonia. Nowadays, at the Theatre he performs leading tenor parts in operas by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Richard Wagner, Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Pietro Mascagni, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.