Calaf from Mariinsky Theatre



On 22 January the Honoured Artist of Russia, People's Artist of Tatarstan, winner of Russia’s Golden Mask Theatre Award, one of the most famous and popular tenors of the world Akhmed Agadi (guest soloist of the Belarusian Bolshoi) will appear as Calaf  in Turandot by Giacomo Puccini.

For the first time Kazakh tenor performed this role in England – in London, Manchester and Liverpool. Then people heard him as Calaf in Sweden, Norway and Finland. Of course it is the signature role in his native Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. But the Belarusian audience also liked the Persian Prince performed by Ahmed Agadi for a long time.

 Future leading tenor of Mariinsky Theatre started to learn music only after 20. Young Agadi has sung and danced since he was 5. But as a child he never thought that he needs teachers for these classes. After school he joined the army, where people saw in him, or rather heard the soloist of a military orchestra. And only then Agadi tried to enter the Novosibirsk Conservatoire. But none of the teachers wanted to take as a student no longer a young man, who had never studied music before. Although for sure many of them later regretted. Akhmed enrolled at the vocal department of the music school in Novosibirsk - and three years later began to sing so beautifully that he was taken to the Moscow Conservatory. (And this is when the contest more than 100 people in place!). It is interesting, that during his studies, Akhmed often worked in the cinema on Arbat. Before each session he sang romances to the delight of the audience. In the Russian capital he stayed for a long time, after graduating from the conservatory he shone on the stage of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre for 11 years. And then he became the star of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Now he performs on the most famous opera venues in Russia, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, Latvia, Argentina and Turkey, Germany, Romania, etc.

 His repertoire includes the roles of Alfredo Germont in La Traviata, Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Don Carlo in Don Carlo, Radames in Aida, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni José in Carmen, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La bohème.
And on 22 January Agadi will appear in the role of Calaf in Minsk again. ‘His endlessly beautiful voice, the voice with a tear, is the real decoration of the performance,’ critics write about this role of the leading tenor of Mariinsky Theatre. And Akhmed Agadi often stressed: ‘On the stage I sing what I feel. I get into character and do not even think that here I need to sing "so", and then "so". Voice flows from the very depth of the soul...’

We want to add that the performance will feature the winner of international competition, recipient of the Fransysk Skaryna Medal Tatyana Gavrilova as Princess Turandot; Honoured Artist of the Republic of Belarus Andrei Valentii as Timur; Alla Guba-Ploskina as Liù; Sergey Lazarevitch as Ping; Yury Bolotko as Pong; winner of international competition Alexander Zhukov as Pang; Alexander Mikhniuk as the Emperor.
The Honoured Artist of Ukraine Viktor Ploskina will conduct.