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Pavlo Balakin

Opera Singers / Bass Baritone


Pavlo Balakin (bass) is one of the most outstanding opera soloists in Estonia today.

Pavlo’s first music degree is from the jazz saxophone class of the Donetsk Music Academy in Ukraine (2006). Thereafter the Ukrainian-born bass studied singing at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Prof Mati Palm. In addition, he has worked regularly with a number of great coaches, among them Richard Barker, Roberta Ferrari, Kristina Vavolo, Kristin Okerlund, and Jeffrey Goldberg.

Pavlo Balakin has worked with many renowned conductors, among them Daniel Oren, Riccardo Frizza, Fabrizio Maria Carminati, Eri Klas… and with numerous highly acclaimed directors, such as Dmitry Bertman, Daniel Slater, Daniele Abbado, and many others.

In 2016, Pavlo Balakin made his debut in Italy – singing the title role of Attila in Verdi’s “Attila” at Teatro Massimo di Palermo – and continued during the summer as Dottore Grenvil in the production of “La Traviata” at Opera di Firenze. In 2017, his main roles included the title role in Verdi’s “Attila” and Hermann in Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” at Teatro La Fenice; Ramfis in “Aida” and Provost marshal in Hindemith’s “Cardillac” at the Estonian National Opera; as well as singing in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Estonia and Israel. In Autumn 2017 he had his debut at the Den Jyske Opera in Denmark as Dulcamara in their new production of
Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and in February 2018 debuted in the same role at the Lviv National Opera Theatre in his homeland Ukraine.

In Summer 2018 Pavlo performed at Opera på Skäret in G. Verdi opera “Don Carlo” in the roles of Grand Inquisitor and the Monk. November 2018 Pavlo was sang in A. Dvořák “Stabat Mater“, with Maestro Christoph Eschenbach & Odense Symphony Orchestra in Odense Carl Nielsen Hall, Denmark. In January 2019 he made his debut as Malyuta Skuratov in “The Tsar’s Bride” by N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov at the Estonian National Opera. In addition to the previously mentioned, Pavlo’s repertoire includes smaller and bigger soloist roles, such as Méphistophélès (Gounod’s “Faust”), Enrico (“Anna Bolena”), Daland (“The Flying Dutchman”), Ptolemy (Händel’s “Julius Caesar”), Monterone (“Rigoletto”), Count Horn (“Un Ballo in Maschera”), Surin (Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades”), Boriss and Pimen (Mussorgsky’s ”Boris Godunov”) and Salieri (Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Mozart and Salieri”, concert performance).

Pavlo Balakin is also highly valued as an oratorio and chamber music soloist, having performed bass parts in J. S. Bach’s “St John Passion” and “St Matthew’s Passion“, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Verdi’s “Requiem“, Mozart’s “Requiem”, Mendelssohn’s “Elias“, Strauss’ “Deutsche Motette”, Rossini’s “Petite Messe solennelle“, Mussorgsky’s “Songs and Dances of Death” and “Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarotti” by Shostakovich.

In 2013, Pavlo Balakin won the Annual Estonian Theatre Award “Crystal Shoe” for his mature interpretation of Méphistophélès in Gounod’s “Faust”

In autumn 2020, at the Estonian National Opera, he sang the main role of Don Pasquale in “Don Pasquale” of Donizetti. The premiere took place in September 2020.

And for this role, he was awarded the main theater award in Estonia “Music Prize 2020

Dates of next performances:
Theater Opera Production Dates
Estonian National Theater, Tallinn Donizetti “L’elisir d’amore”
Dulcamara role
Estonian National Theater, Tallinn Donizetti “Don Pasquale”
Don Pasquale role
Estonian National Theater, Tallinn Rymsky – Korsakov
“The Tsar’s Bride”
Maliuta Skuratov role

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