Nikolai Kazansky graduated from the actors’ faculty of Russian Academy of Theatre Art, in 1996. In 2002, he graduated from the vocal faculty of the Moscow State Conservatoire (Yuri Grigoriev’s class). From 1999-2000, he was probationer and, since 2001, he has been soloist with the Bolshoi Theatre Opera Company.
His repertoire includes Vyazemsky, Bomelius(Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Maid of Pskov, Baron Douphol (La Traviata), Afron, Polkan (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel), Schaunard, Colline (La Boheme), Carnival-scarecrow, Misgir, Bermyata (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden), Pantalone, King of Clubs (Prokofiev’s The Love for Thee Oranges), Virgily (Rakhmaninov’s Francesсa da Rimini), A Sacristan (Tosca), Ping (Turandot), Narumov, Tomsky (Queen of Spades), Ibn-Hakia, Bertrand (Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta), Mathias Wiessman, Inquisitor (Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel), Kela (Desyatnikov’s The Children of Rosenthal), Yakuside (Madama Batterfly), Speaker (Die Zauberflote), Old Footman, Metivier, Aide-de-camp, French Officer (Prokofiev’s War and Peace), Andrei Shchelkalov, Mityusha, Nikitich (Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov), Dancairo, Zuniga (Carmen), Singing beggar (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and of the Maiden Fevronia), High Priest of Bel (Nabucco), Second Apprentice (Wozzeck), Frank (Die Fledermaus), etc.
Nikolai Kazansky tours in Russia and abroad. He participated in the International Pula-2000 Festival of Contemporary Music where he performed Yuri Butsko’s monoopera The Notes of a Madman. In 2006, he took part in production of Pagliacci in Morocco.