Yakov Strizhak

Yakov Strizhak was born in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan and studied at the St Petersburg State Conservatory graduating in 2010. He won first prize at both the Rachmaninov International Music Competition (2008) and the “St Petersburg Spring” Festival Competition (2010).

He has performed under conductors including Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Frederic Chaslin, Sergei Stadler and Andrey Petrenko. In 2007 he took part in first performances of Shostakovich’s The Tale of the Priest and His Workman Balda in Norway and Ireland, and the following year he sang in the premiere of Smelkov’s opera The Brothers Karamazov conducted by Valery Gergiev at the Gergiev Philharmonic Festival in Rotterdam. He has also performed Zuniga Carmen under Mariss Jansons (Zazerkalie Theatre, St Petersburg), Don Alfonso Così fan Tutte, Don Basilio, Le Commendatore Don Giovanni, Colline La Boheme, Beethoven Missa Solemni, Mozart Requiem with New Israeli Opera and Zaretsku Eugene Onegin, Barnabas Das Kaisers neue Kleider, Barker in Gershwin’s Blue Monday and Pluto Orpheus at the Komische Oper Berlin. He recently made his US debut at the Bard Summerscape Festival performing Malyuta Skuratov in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride and the Old Servant in Rubenstein’s The Demon.

Other operatic roles include King René Iolanthe, Prince Gremin Eugene Onegin, Sparafucile Rigoletto, and Angelotti Tosca.


King René in Iolanta
Sparafucile in Rigoletto
Zuniga in Carmen
Sobakin in The Tsar's Bride

Artist Videos

King René (Iolanta)
Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte)
Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte)
Sobakin (The Tsar's Bride)

Opera Repertoire

Bizet Carmen Zuniga
Mozart Così fan tutte Don Alfonso
Mozart Don Giovanni Commendatore
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Sarastro
Puccini La Bohème Colline
Puccini Tosca Angelotti
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Prince Gremin
Tchaikovsky Iolanta King René
Verdi Rigoletto Sparafucile