Young Russian baritone Nikolay Borchev has been a member of the Vienna State Opera since
the 2012-2013 season. Before that, he spent eight years with the Bavarian State Opera,
where he sang Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in Così fan
tutte, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Prosdocimo in Il turco in Italia,
Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, and
Barbier in Die schweigsame Frau, among others.
He has worked with directors Richard Jones, Peter Mussbach, Christof Loy, Andreas Homoki,
David Alden, Robert Carsen, Kasper Holten, Deborah Warner, and Mariame Clément, and sings a
large repertoire that reaches from the Baroque period through the classics and up to
Mr. Borchev's guest engagements have taken him to Brussels (Moritz in Spring
Awakening, Ulisse in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Papageno, and Dandini);
Basel (Orfeo, Lurcanio in Ariodante, and Jeletzky in Pique Dame); Leipzig
(Marcello in La bohème); Hamburg State Opera (Figaro); Deutsche Oper am Rhein
(Orfeo and Guglielmo); Deutsche Oper Berlin (Figaro); Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
(Guglielmo); Frankfurt (Dandini and Spielmann in Königskinder); and Theater an der
Wien (Harlekin and Claudio in Béatrice et Bénédict).
Mr. Borchev is a regular guest at many international festivals and concert venues,
including Schwetzingen Festival, Festspiele Baden-Baden, Salzburg Pfingstfest, Konzerthaus
Dortmund, Kunstfest Weimar, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schubertíada a Vilabertran,
He has performed with prestigious orchestras and conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Kent
Nagano, Marcello Viotti, Ivor Bolton, Friedrich Haider, Helmuth Rilling, Marek Janowski,
Andreas Spering, Frédéric Chaslin, Christoph Poppen, Fabio Armiliato, Sir Colin Davis,
Christian Thielemann, William Christie, Thomas Hengelbrock, Andrea Marcon, Karel Mark
Chichon, and René Jacobs.
Born in Pinsk, Belarus, Mr. Borchev began his musical education at the age of 16 at the
Moscow Conservatory with teachers Maria Aria and Pavel Lisitsian. He continued his studies
in Berlin at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" with Heinz Reeh, Júlia Várady, and
Wolfram Rieger, and has won several prizes at international vocal competitions.