Sergey Semishkur was born in Kirov, Russia and was graduated from the Nizhny-Novgorod State Glinka Conservatory with degrees in choral conducting and voice. He has been a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre since 2007 where his wide range of operatic repertoire spans from the Italian masters – Donizetti, Puccini, and Verdi – to the pillars of the Russian tradition in Borodin, Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky; the artist also has bowed in the heroic French roles of Berlioz and Offenbach and as impassioned Bohemian protagonists in the operas of Janáček and Szymanowski.
Mr. Semishkur has appeared at the Salzburg Festival, Warsaw Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Savonlinna Opera amongst others and has worked with an array of stage directors including Philipp Stölzl, Mariusz Treliński, and Graham Vick. The artist has sung under the batons of Mikhail Agrest, Philippe Auguin, Plácido Domingo, Valery Gergiev, Jan Latham-Koenig, Andris Nelsons, and Tugan Sokhiev.
Highlights of Mr. Semishkur’s 2014-15 season include his National Symphony Orchestra debut in Rachmaninov’s The Bells under the baton of Vassily Sinaisky, as well as performances with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus in Austria, Germany, Japan, and Italy.