Praised for the depth and richness of his voice, Vitalij Kowaljow has established himself as one of leading basses of his generation. Although particularly associated with the works of Verdi, his vast repertoire includes Der Freischütz, Faust, Die Zauberflöte, Italian belcanto titles such I Puritani, Lucrezia Borgia, Lucia di Lammermoor and Russian language operas such as Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin and Iolanta.
He performed to great acclaim on the world’s most prestigious stages (Metropolitan Opera New York, Opera de Bastille Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dresden Semperoper) and under the batons of important conductors (i.e. M°Conlon, M°Barenboim).
Recent highlights of his career include I Puritani at the Vienna Staatsoper, Aida at Royal Opera House and Arena di Verona, Nabucco and Simon Boccanegra at Bayerische Staatsoper, Nabucco at Arena di Verona, Macbeth and I vespri siciliani at Washington National Opera, Lucrezia Borgia at San Francisco Opera, Don Carlo at the New National Theatre of Tokyo, La Forza del Destino for Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Nabucco at La Scala and Royal Opera House, Verdi’s Requiem in Napoli and Linz (Austria), Simon Boccanegra and Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Los Angeles Opera, concerts with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, San Francisco and Chicago Symphony Orchestras and Accademia di Santa Cecilia.
His recordings include Deutsche Grammophon’s La Bohème (2008), I Medici (2010) and Don Giovanni ( 2012). He also stars as Colline in a feature film release of La Bohème, directed by Oscar- and Emmy- nominated director R. Dornhelm.