Ilya Astafurov was born in Vladivostok in 1986. In 2012 he graduated from the Far Eastern State Academy for the Arts where he studied with E. Glushenko.
In 2013 he became a soloist of the Primorsk Regional Philharmonia.
He has taken part in vocal master-classes with U. Bestlain (Graz, Austria), People’s Artist of the Soviet Union G. Vishnevskaya and People’s artist of Russia K. Pluzhnikov.
He participated in the international Figaro in the Far East project (performing the role of Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart), and Great Beethoven (the tenor part in Symphony № 9 conducted by M. Arkadyev). He collaborates as a soloist with the Elegy Primorsk Folk Violin Ensemble under the direction of L. Vaiman, and the Sadko ensemble of Russian folk instruments under the direction of V. Sergeev.
In 2013 he began working at the State Primorsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet and became a soloist of the opera company in September 2015.
Since 2016 he has been a member of the opera company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.
Repertoire at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Prince (The Love for Three Oranges, S. Prokofiev)
Bastien (Bastien und Bastienne, W.A. Mozart)
Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte, W.A. Mozart)
The Devil (Christmas Eve, N. Rimsky-Korsakov)
Two Young Lads (The Tsar’s Bride, N. Rimsky-Korsakov)
Husar (Mavra, I. Stravinsky)
Triquet (Eugene Onegin, P. Tchaikovsky)
Chaplitsky (The Queen of Spades, P. Tchaikovsky)
Alméric (Iolanta, P. Tchaikovsky in concert)
A Humpbacked Gambler (The Gambler, S. Prokofiev)
Old Man, 1st Shipman (The Tale of the Tsar Saltan, N. Rimsky-Korsakov)
Gaston (La Traviata, G. Verdi)
Remendado (Carmen, G. Bizet)
Repertoire also includes:
Beppe Harlequin (Pagliacci, R. Leoncavallo), Lensky (Eugene Onegin, P. Tchaikovsky), Chekalinsky, Master of Ceremonies (The Queen of Spades, P. Tchaikovsky), Don Basilio (The Marriage of Figaro, W.A. Mozart), Mozart (Mozart and Salieri, N. Rimsky-Korsakov), Don Juan, 1st Guest (The Stone Guest, A. Dargomyzhsky), Misail (Boris Godunov, M. Mussorgsky), Gvozdev (The Story of a Real Man, S. Prokofiev), 2nd Traitor, 2nd Writer, 1st Wedding Guest (Doctor Zhivago, A. Lubchenko), Boni (The Gypsy Princess, E. Kálmán), Alfred, Blind (Die Fledermaus, Russian language version, J. Strauss)
The concert repertoire also includes the tenor parts in Verdi's Requiem and Symphony № 9 by Beethoven.