Mariinsky’s Falstaff dies, aged 67

The Mariinsky Opera has announced the death of Victor Chernomortsev, one of its leading baritones.


Born in Krasnodar, he joined the Kuibyshev Opera in 1974 and was headhunted by the Vienna State Opera in 1992. Two years later he joined Gergiev’s ensemble, making his debut as Scarpia in Tosca. He was a formidable Alberich in Wagner’s Ring and a first-choice Verdi Falstaff.

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