Ilya Astafurov was born in Vladivostok. In 2012 he graduated from the Far Eastern State Academy of Arts where he studied with Elena Glushenko.
He has taken part in vocal master-classes with Ulf Bästlein (Graz, Austria), Galina Vishnevskaya and Konstantin Pluzhnikov.
In 2013 he became a soloist of the Primorsky Regional Philharmonia.
He participated in the international Figaro in the Far East project (performing the role of Don Basilio in Le hozze di Figaro by W.-A. Mozart), and Great Beethoven (the tenor part in Symphony № 9 conducted by Mikhail Arkadyev). He collaborates as a soloist with the Elegy Primorsk Folk Violin Ensemble under the direction of Leonid Vaiman, and the Sadko ensemble of Russian folk instruments under the direction of V. Sergeev.
In 2013 he began working at the Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theatre 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)
Bomely, 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, concert performance)
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:
A Humpbacked Gambler (The Gambler, S. Prokofiev), Beppe Harlequin (Pagliacci, R. Leoncavallo), Lensky (Eugene Onegin, P. Tchaikovsky), Chekalinsky, Master of Ceremonies (The Queen of Spades, P. Tchaikovsky), Don Basilio (Le hozze di Figaro, W.-A. Mozart), Mozart (Mozart and Salieri, N. Rimsky-Korsakov), Don Juan, 1st Guest (The Stone Guest, A. Dargomyzhsky), Misail (Boris Godunov, M. Musorgsky), 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.