Russian tenor Sergey Polyakov made his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Gherman (The Queen of Spades), replacing Aleksandrs Antonenko at short notice.
Polyakov was born in Moscow and studied at the Russian Academy of Theatrical Art and the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre. In 2009 he joined Novaya Opera in Moscow. There his roles have included Radames (Aida), Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana), Canio (Pagliacci), Prince Andrey Khovansky (Khovanshchina), Prince Vasily Ivanovich Shuisky (Boris Godunov), Mikhail Tucha (The Maid of Pskov), Charles VII (The Maid of Orleans) and Vaudemont (Iolanta), Other operatic appearances have included Manrico (Il trovatore) and Gherman for the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Manrico and Cavaradossi (Tosca) for Vilnius City Opera, Calaf (Turandot), Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) and Macduff (Macbeth) for Latvian National Opera, Calaf for Trondheim Opera in Norway, Grigory (Boris Godunov) for Opéra Royal de Wallonie, the title role of Don Carlo (Israeli Opera), Radames for Mannheim Opera Puccini’s Des Grieux for Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm, and Sergey (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) for Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Polyakov’s concert appearances include Sergey (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) at the Rostropovich III International Music Festival in Moscow and Shostakovich’s song cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry for his 2016 Carnegie Hall debut.