The ease with which tenor Sergei Semishkur sang the role of Énée is something not every great performer can achieve.
Tenor Sergei Semishkur, too, was impressive as Vakula the smith. A stately and well-proportioned fellow, he also looked good and delighted us with his voice: beautiful, and filled with true emotion.
Edem Umerov was born in Samarkand. In 1991 he graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (classes of Professors Steblyanko, Okhotnikov and Zastavny). Lead soloist with the St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company from 1992. Joined the Mariinsky opera Company in 1998.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Boris Godunov, Rangoni, Mityukha (Boris Godunov)
Prince Kurlyatev, Ivan Zhuran (The Enchantress)
Tomsky, Zlatogor (The Queen of Spades)
Yushko Velebin (The Maid of Pskov)
Grigory Gryaznoi (The Tsar’s Bride)
Fyodor Poyarok (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya)
Igor Svyatoslavich (Prince Igor)
Dolokhov, Denisov (War and Peace)
Tonio (I pagliacci)
John Falstaff (Falstaff)
a Mandarin (Turandot)
Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde)
Alberich (Das Rheingold, Siegfried)
Alberich, Gunther (Götterdämmerung)
the High Priest (Samson et Dalila)
Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten)
Roger (Król Roger)
Duke Bluebeard (Duke Bluebeard's Castle)
The singer’s repertoire also includes the roles of Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin), Columbus (Alexander Smelkov’s Fifth Journey of Christopher Columbus) and Geronimo (Il matrimonio segreto).
Together with the Mariinsky Opera Company he has toured to Great Britain (the Real Opera House, Covent Garden), Italy (La Scala, Ravenna Festival), Spain (the Teatro Real), Germany (Baden-Baden) and Israel.