Russian tenor Arseny Yakovlev will make his Met debut in the 2018-19 season singing the role of the Messenger in Aida. In 2012, he made his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. He was also heard in a number of other supporting roles in La Traviata, Carmen, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Maid of Orleans, and Iolanta.
He sang his first performance of Lensky in Eugene Onegin in Belgrade in 2016 and later made his debut with the Latvian National Opera in the same role.
He made his Spanish opera debut in Mallorca last spring as Macduff in Macbeth. In June of 2017, he was heard at the Dutch National Opera in an operatic concert. He also made his German operatic debut in the fall of 2017 as Lensky at the Frankfurt Opera. Other roles in his developing repertoire include Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Prince Vladimir in Prince Igor, Alfredo in La Traviata, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
Mr. Yakovlev studied voice at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory and continued his vocal studies at the Academy of Choral Arts. He then joined the Young Artists Program at the Bolshoi Opera.