In 1985, he completed his studies at the vocal faculty of the Moscow Conservatoire (Hugo Tits’s class), and in 1988 — his postgraduate work at the Conservatoire (Nina Dorliak’s class).
1984-85, he was probationer with the Bolshoi Theatre Opera Company.
From 1985-91, he went several times as a probationer to Germany, to study with Hans Hotter and to Austria, to study with Norman Shetler.
In 1985-91, he was soloist with the Moscow State Philharmonia.
In 1991, he joined the Bolshoi Theatre Opera Company.
His Bolshoi Theatre repertoire includes the following, among other, roles:
Don Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)
Laure, Bertrand (Tchaikovsky’s The Maid of Orleans)
Nikitich, Pimen (Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov)
Ferrando (Il Trovatore)
Don Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro)
Colline (La Boheme)
Tom (Un Ballo in Maschera)
Tsar Dodon (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel)
Celio (Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges)
Leporello, Statue of the Commander (Dargomyzhsky’s The Stone Guest)
Prince Vyazminsky (Tchaikovsky’s The Oprichnik)
Rospolone (Paisiello’s La Molinara)
Ivan the Terrible (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Maid of Pskov)
Salieri (Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri)
Miller (Dargomyzhsky’s Rusalka)
Frost (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden)
General (Prokofiev’s The Gambler, first version)
Padre Guardiano (La Forza del Destino)
Ivan Khovansky (Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina)
Kochubey (Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa)
Johann Faust (Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel) — creator of the role at the Bolshoi Theatre
Boris Timofeyevich (Shostakovich’s The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk)
Count Rostov, Marshal Davout (Prokofiev’s War and Peace)
Gremin (Eugene Onegin)
Burunday (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and of the Maiden Fevronia)
Sobakin (The Tsar’s Bride)
At the Russian premiere of the first version of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Hollaender, he sang the role of Daland (2004, Bolshoi Theatre, conductor Alexander Vedernikov, director Peter Konwitschny).
He tours a lot in Russia and abroad. He has an extensive concert repertoire.
He was the creator of the bass role in Shostakovich’s Suite on verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti for bass and organ (2004, organ part by Herve Desarbre, Glinka Museum of Musical Culture, Moscow) and he also sang this part in Greece and France (2004-05).
He took part in a performance of Shostakovich’s Anti-formalist Rayok at the Moscow Conservatoire (2004, conductor Boris Tevlin), and also in the performaces on tour in Greece and France).
He participated in the Basses of the 21st Century International Festival (2001, Samara), in the Mozartiana Festival (2003, Moscow), in a concert of Russian sacred music at the Moscow Conservatoire (2004) and in other events.
He has toured in Japan, Germany and Italy with solo concerts, accompanied by his daughter Alexandra Naumenko (piano).
He has recorded solo discs of the songs by Mussorgsky (1998), and of works by Shostakovich (2004). He took part in the recordings of works by Richard Strauss and Franz Schubert (1987, Moscow Conservatoire).
(c) Photo by Damir Yusupov/Bolshoi Theatre
(c) Text by Bolshoi Theatre