Tenor Dmitry Golovnin graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 1997 as a trumpet-player. 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. He was a trainee of Virgilijus Noreika, Elena Obraztsova, and other renowned vocalists. Since 2007, hei s a leading soloist of the Mikhailovsky Opera.
His operatic engagements include roles in Opéra national de Lyon, Opernhaus Zürich, Opéra national de Paris, Bolshoi Theatre, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Theater Basel, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Flemish Opera Antwerp, La Monnaie in Brussels, Komische Oper Berlin, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Mariinsky Theatre a.o.
He performs leading tenor parts in the operas by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Richard Wagner, Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, Pietro Mascagni, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Modest Musorgsky a.o.