Bass MIKHAIL PETRENKO was born in St.Petersburg and graduated from the St.Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. In 1998, he was awarded diplomas at the III International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition for Young Opera Singers and the I Elena Obraztsova Competition for Young Opera Singers. He was also a finalist and diploma-winner at the Maria Callas New Verdi Voices Competition in Parma, 2000.
With the Mariinsky Opera Company he has performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Teatro alla Scala Milan, Teatro Real in Madrid, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, at the Suntory Hall in Japan, for the Salzburg Festival and for the Melbourne Festival. In 2001/02 season he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York in War and Peace. He has had a great success with Maestro Gergiev in Baden-Baden singing Hagen and Fafner in the Ring Cycle.
He has recently sung also at the Bilbao Opera, at the Deutsche Staatsoper, at the Bayerischer Staatsoper and has performed Daland in Der fliegende Holländer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Levine. Among his future plans he will sing return to the Metropolitan Opera for Hunding in Die Walküre conducted by James Levine and Sparafucile in Rigoletto. He will also sing Ramfis in Aida and Varlaam in Boris Godunov at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim, Hagen in Gotterdämmerung with Sir Simon Rattle and Hunding in Die Walküre at the Aix en Provence Festival and at the Salzburg Festival, Siegfried with the Orchestre de Paris/Eschenbach at the BBC Proms and the Verdi's Requiem with the Orchestre de Paris, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Padre Guardiano in La forza del destino at the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, Ramfis in Aida and Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Opera National de Paris, Bastille and Hunding in Die Walküre at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Il Trovatore at the Royal Opera House.