Andrei Valentii



Badge of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus “For Contribution to the Development of Belarusian Culture” (2023)
Honoured Artist of the Republic of Belarus (2016)
Recipient of the Francysk Skaryna Medal (2013)

Andrei Valentii graduated in trumpet from the Lev Revutsky Chernigov Music College in 1992 and sharpened up his vocal skills with Vladimir Turets and Lyubov Kryzhanovskaya. He received his degree in voice from the Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory (2001), where he also completed a postgraduate course under the tutelage of the People’s Artist of Russia, Professor Georgy Seleznev. In 2001, he took part in masterclasses of Vladimir Atlantov.

Still a student, he performed the following roles at the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of St. Petersburg Conservatory: King René and Bertrand in Iolanta, Gremin in Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini; Sobakin in The Tsar's Bride by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; the Old Gypsy in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Aleko; Méphistophélès in Charles Gounod’s Faust.

Andrei Valentii has worked with a number of renowned conductors, including Alexander Vedernikov, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladislav Chernushenko, Yuri Bashmet, Mikhail Pletnev, and others.

Since 2005, after his brilliant debut as Modest Mussorgsky in The Children of Rosenthal by Leonid Desyatnikov, he has been a guest soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, where his repertoire includes over 15 roles. He is also a guest soloist of the Moscow State Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, the Chuvash State Opera and Ballet Theatre and Samara State Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Andrei Valentii joined the opera company of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus in 2009.

His discography includes:
popular romances and songs with the National Academic Nikolai Osipov Orchestra of Folk Instruments, conductor Nikolai Kalinin;
Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (bass part) with the University of Birmingham Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Robert Mickley


Ryhor                        King Stakh’s Wild Hunt  by Vladimir Soltan
Méphistophélès          Faust
Zaccaria                    Nabucco
Gremin                     Eugene Onegin
Don Basilio                Il barbiere di Siviglia
Sobakin                    The Tsar's Bride
Colline                      La bohème
King René                 Iolanta
Frost                        The Snow Maiden
Dosifey                    Khovanshchina
Ramfis                    Aida
Konchak, the Prince of Galich      Prince Igor
Timur                                       Turandot
Banquo                                     Macbeth
Sarastro                                    Die Zauberflöte



Andrei Valentii has given recitals in the philharmonic halls of Moscow and St Petersburg, the State Kremlin Palace, the RUSSIA State Central Concert Hall, etc.

In 2002, he appeared with the programme comprising Russian art songs in the Moscow International House of Music as part of a bass trio, with Boris Shtokolov and Eugene Nesterenko.

He has toured France, Germany, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, etc.            

In 2009, he performed a solo part in Modest Mussorgsky’s oratorio Joshua and the role of Gremin in Eugene Onegin at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy.

Andrei Valentii’s festival appearances include, among others, Boris Godunov and The Children of Rosenthal in Finland and Boris Godunov in Slovenia in 2007, Gremin in Eugene Onegin at the Birgitta Festival in Tallinn in 2016, Prince Gudal in Anton Rubinstein’s Demon and Sobakin in The Tsar’s Bride with the festival Bard Summerscape in New York in 2018, Zaccaria in Nabucco with the Dorset Opera Festival in the UK in 2019, Banquo in Macbeth at the Paphos Aphrodite Festival in Cyprus in 2019, etc.

His other roles performed internationally include:                                                                                    

Zaccaria / Nabucco (Bolshoi Theatre of Russia),

Galitsky / Prince Igor (State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Sakha, Yakutia),

Gusli player / The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and of the Maiden Fevronia (Bolshoi Theatre of Russia),

Don Basilio / Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Tatar Musa Jalil State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet),

Ivan Khovansky / Khovanshchina (Moscow State Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre),

Gremin / Eugene Onegin (Opéra de Toulon, Astrakhan State Theatre of Opera and Ballet),

Prince Gudal / Demon (Bolshoi Theatre of Russia),

Colline / La bohème (Bolshoi Theatre of Russia),

Commendatore / Don Giovanni (Bolshoi Theatre of Russia),

King René / Iolanta (Angers Nantes Opéra, Opéra de Rennes, Bolshoi Theatre of Russia),

Mandarin / Turandot (Bolshoi Theatre of Russia),
Monk / Don Carlo (Bolshoi Theatre of Russia),
Mussorgsky, Rosenthal’s second colleague / The Children of Rosenthal (Bolshoi Theatre of Russia),
Police officer / Boris Godunov (Bolshoi Theatre of Russia),
Master of Ceremonies, General Beliard, Captain Rambal / War and Peace (Bolshoi Theatre of Russia),

Sobakin / The Tsar’s Bride (Bolshoi Theatre of Russia),
Surin / The Queen of Spades (Bolshoi Theatre of Russia), etc.

In 2022, Andrei Valentii performed the role of Ryhor in King Stakh’s Wild Hunt, a guest performance of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus on the Historic Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia.