Anatoly Voropaev - tenor – practised choir conducting.
Graduated from Moscow Conservatoire where he studied solo singing of Baturin A. Voropaev used to be a soloist of Baku Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Ahundov. A soloist of the Academic Choir named after Glinka M.I. Since 1985 – a soloist of the Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Moussorgsky M.P., at which stage he sang the leading parts in the operas of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Moussorgsky, Verdi. In the repertoire of the singer there are solo parts in cantata-oratorio compositions of Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Rossini, Mahler, Bruckner, Orff.
Since 1998 Voropaev is a soloist of “The Male Choir of St Petersburg”.
Alexander Gorbatenko - countertenor
The native Ukrainian began his instruction as a singer with eight years in the national boy's choir school in Moskow. After that he studied with Prof. Vera Lugovenko at the academy of music in Odessa and with Prof. Leo Morosov at the Rimski-Korsakov conservatoire in St. Petersburg since 1988, where he gained his diploma mainly based on singing in concert.
Alexander Gorbatenko early started to train the flexible control over his voice, he enlarged his qualities as a countertenor at the international Bach Academy in Stuttgart and at the international Handel Academy in Karlsruhe, where he twice gained a scholarship. The singer took courses by Sharon Welter, Reinhold Kubik, Jeffrey Gall and Ingeborg Danz.
The singer worked as a soloist with important choirs and dirigents of St. Petersburg already during his studies. He sang with the Broadcasting Choir St. Petersburg, with the national Glinka Chapel and with the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir under Vladislav Tschernuschnko, Vadim Afanasjev, Evgenij Svetlanov, Vladimir Fedosiejev, Saulus Sondecki and Vladimir Stolpovskih.
Since 1996 Alexander Gorbatenko is a soloist of "The Male Choir of St Petersburg", The Honoured artist of Russia.
Dmitry Popov - tenor
Dmitry Popov was born in Leningrad. He studied at Boys’ Choir School named after M.I. Glinka and St. Petersburg conservatory (choral conducting department, K.N. Nikitin’s class).
He possesses a unique combination of singing voices – tenor and counter-tenor. His repertoire includes the works by Vecchi, Pergolesi, Monteverdi, Purcell, Shuetz, Bach, Glueck, Mozart, Britten, Shnittke as well as the works of contemporary composers written specially for the singer’s unique compass: the concerto for choir and solo counter-tenor to V. Nabokov’s verses “Nabokov’s songs”, the party of counter-tenor in I. Yusupova’s opera “Einstein and Margaret”.
Dmitry Popov is the first performer of L. Desyatnikov’s “The Leaden Echo” (CD “Sketches to the Sunset”).
Dmitry extensively tours both in Russia and abroad as a soloist and as a member of different chamber ensembles.
In 2008 he was awarded the honorary title “Distinguished Artist of the Republic of Karelia”. Since 1998 Dmitry Popov is a soloist of “The Male Choir of St Petersburg”.
Vladimir Rontanckuk - baritone with a unique timbre
He was bom in 1945, March 27th, in Lvov, the USSR.
He graduated with honours from Lvov Conservatoire (he studied vocal singing). He was in the Song and Dance Group of the Internal Forces of Ukraine. Since 1974 — a soloist of Leningrad Academic Choir. Since 1983 — a soloist of "The Mail Choir of St Petersburg". The Honoured artist of Russia.
Alexander Okulov - baritone
12.03.1949. Perm, Russia
Musical College by Saint-Petersburg State Conservatorium of Rimsky Korsakov (1972-1977). Leningrad Music Hall, soloist-vocalist (1977-1990), gives performances on a tours in all European
countries. Invitee soloist of different choral ensembles (1990-1998).
Soloist of Male Choir of St.-Petersburg by Vadim Afanasiev (1998 - ...)
Alexander Patyukov- Baritone
23.09.1960. Rostov city, Russia.
1977 – Graduated from music school in Leningrad city.
1977-1986 – Studied at Music Lyceum of St Petersburg Conservatoire (conducting-choral and vocal study).
1986-1993 – Studied at St Petersburg Conservatoire (faculty of vocal study); obtained a distinction.
Alexander Patyukov started his creative activity as a soloist of St Petersburg Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Rimsky-Korsakov. He is Laureate of the Contests in Glasgow, Edinburgh (Great Britain),
Laureate of Savonlinnan International Festival of Operatic Mastery (Finland), where he performed the parts of Onegin and Zaretsky from the opera “Evgeny Onegin” by Tchaikovsky P.I.
He performed as a soloist in the State Choir of St Petersburg.
In his repertoire there are compositions in Russian, French, Italian, created by the following composers:
Gounod, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Dargomigsky, Puccini, Prokofiev, Kogan, Mozart.
Since 1998 Patyukov is a soloist of “The Male Choir of St Petersburg”.
Vladimir Felyauer – bass
Was born in 1965 in Chelyabinsk.
After his graduation of Chelyabinsk Music School and Sverdlovsk Conservatoire (trumpet class), the vocalist’s vocation brought him to Petersburg. Here the singer graduated from St.Petersburg Conservatoire and postgraduate course (Professor N.P. Okhotnikov’s class) with due success.
The musician has take part in numerous performances of the Opera and Ballet Theatre under the Conservatoire, cooperating with St.-Petersburg Academic Capella.
Presently he is a soloist of the State Chamber Music Theatre “St.-Petersburg Opera”. Vladimir Felyauer’s repertoire include the leading bass parts of opera classics. The singer successfully combines the work in the music theatre with active concert activites – this includes his solo performances in different cities of Russia and abroad, performing parts in vocal symphonic compositions in the best concert hall of Petersburg. 2003 - Soloist of Male Choir of St.-Petersburg by Vadim Afanasiev.
Vladimir Miller – basso profund
The Honoured artist of Russia,
The Honoured artist of Karelia Republic is a soloist of State Academic Cappella of St. Petersburg and Male Choir of St.Petersburg, he is gifted with a rare, lowest singers voice - basso profundo. He was born in Siberia in 1964 and has graduated the St. Petersburg State Conservatory on a speciality "musicology"; as a vocalist is trained in "Hochschule fuer Musik" Koeln (Germany) at the outstanding singers and teachers Reinhard Leisenheimer and Kurt Moll.
On opera stage Vladimir Miller sang the parts Colas ("Bastien und Bastienne", children's musical theatre "Ad libitum", St. Petersburg), Sarastro, Sprecher und Priester ("Die Zauberfloete", - Large Theatre of Lodz), Osmin ("Entfuehrung aus dem Serail", - theatre of the St. Petersburg Conservatory), Brambeus ("Tsar Demian", - world premiere of Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg), Melchior, White and Red Knight ("Alice in Wonderland", - world premiere of De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam).
The singer had intensive concert activity. He gave solo concerts in Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, USA, Vatican, Yugoslavia. He participated in festivals: Abendmusik im Hohen Dom (Aachen), Festival D'Art Sacre (Paris), Frankfurt-Feste, Alte Oper (Frankfurt am Main), Frankfurter Domkonzerte (Frankfurt am Main), International Festival of Orthodoxe Music in Russia (Moscow), La Chaise Dieu Festival De Musique (France), Moscow Autumn (Moscow), Musical Spring (St. Petersburg), Neva Choral Assemblies (St. Petersburg), Nick Caves Meltdown Festival (London), Russian Festival Oregon House (Ca., USA), Stars of White Night (St. Petersburg).
Vladimir Miller sang with such famous conductors as Vadim Afanasiev, Martyn Brabbins, Justin Brown, Tonu Kaljuste, Gerd Meditz, Gennady Mironov, Robert H.P.Platz, Victor Popov, Hans Dieter Resch, Alexander Sladkovsky, Andreas Spierri, Sergei Stadler, Alexander and Vladislav Tchernuchenko, Alexander Titov.
The singer was repeatedly invited for joint performance in Western Europe by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir as well as "Moscow Academy of Choral Art" and "Choir Radio France".
In the concert repertoir of Vladimir Miller there are a lot of pieces - from ancient russian music to modern composer´s music. The singer became the first interpreter of many compositions, written specially for him (Alexander Iovlev, Iraida Jusupova, Alexander Knaifel, Timur Kogan, Victor Miniotas, Maria Petrenko, Andrei Samsonov).
By preferance, Vladimir Miller sings works from the Russian composers classical romance like Mili Balakirev, Alexander Borodin, Michael Glinka, Sergei Lyapunov, Modest Mussorgsky, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Peter Tchaikovsky etc.. He sings also solo parts in the cantata-oratorio compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach, Anton Bruckner, Alexander Gretchaninov, Alexander Knaifel, Raiko Maximovitch, Victor Miniotas, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Heinrich Schutz, Igor Stravinsky, John Tavener.
The singer has solo records on more than 70 CDs, issued by EMI-Classics, IMLab, Jugokoncert, Melodiya, Multimedia, Russian Disc, Teldec. There are several television films and broadcasting programs about Vladimir Miller´s artistic life in Russia and Western Europe. Besides his concerts Vladimir Miller is engaged by researches in the field of history of Russian music. He has published a number of works.