Austrian tenor Nikolai Schukoff starts his 2018/19 season with concerts of Mahler’s Symphony No.8 under the baton of Dmitri Kitajenko with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. After that he sings Boris in a new production of Janacek’s Katia Kabanova at Teatro del Liceu Barcelona. Deutsche Oper Berlin engaged him for the world premiere of the Glanert-opera Oceane. He will sing Jim Mahoney in a new production of Kurt Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny in Aix-en-Provence and will be heard in this role also in a concert performance with the London Philharmonia Orchestra.
Significant engagements in 2017/18 were Parsifal in a new production at the Finnish National Opera Helsinki, concert performances of d’ Alberts Tiefland at Budapest Festival as well as Teiresias in Henze’s The Bassarids at the Salzburger Festspiele 2018 with director Krzystof Warlikowski and the Wiener Philharmoniker under the baton of Kent Nagano.
Nikolai Schukoff completed his studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum. His major international breakthrough had been in 2007 when he replaced Placido Domingo in the role of Parsifal at the Staatsoper München. In the following years he contiuned in singing in the role of Parsifal in many important opera houses, such as in Dresden, Hamburg, Lyon, Paris and at the Wagner-Festival in Budapest, among others.
Two productions in 2013 established new milestones in his career. He sang his first Siegmund (Walküre) under the baton of Zubin Mehta in Valencia and Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Don José has become one of the most acclaimed roles which Nikolai Schukoff performs regularly at, among others, the Baden-Baden-Festival, Châtelet/Paris, Hamburg, Liceu/Barcelona, Paris Opera and Dresden.
Nikolai Schukoff has also been recognised and acknowledged as an outstanding actor, acclaimed for his intense character portrayals of Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer (Edinburgh Festival, Munich, Hamburg, Seattle, Madrid), Lohengrin (Amsterdam, Mannheim, Saint-Etienne), Florestan in Fidelio (Lyon, Edinburgh Festival, Prague) Jim Mahoney in Mahagonny (Toulouse, Santiago, Buenos Aires), Max (Geneva, Hamburg, Paris) and Oedipus Rex (Lisbon and Paris). Recently he triumphed as Eléazar in Halevy’s La Juive in Lyon, as Pedro in Tiefland at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, as Siegmund at the Wagner Festival in Leipzig and at the Wagner Gala Concert at the Berlin State Opera under the direction of Simone Young.
Nikolai Schukoff actively engages in the concert repertoire, regularly performing Schönberg’s Gurrelieder (Musikverein in Vienna under Zubin Mehta, Enescu-Festival, Canaria-Festival) Mahler’s Symphony No.8 (in Paris with Christoph Eschenbach and Daniele Gatti, in Rome with Antonio Pappano, in Valencia with Yaron Traub, in Frankfurt with Paavo Järvi, in Tokyo, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Prague), Mahler’s Lied von der Erde (Paris Opera, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lucerne-Festival, London, Bregenz Festival etc.)
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