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 (Rimsky-Korsakov Theatre of Opera and Ballet), Don Alfonso Così fan Tutte, Don Basilio, Le Commendatore Don Giovanni, Colline La Boheme, King René Iolanthe, Prince Gremin Eugene Onegin, Sparafucile Rigoletto, and Angelotti Tosca (St Petersburg ‘Zazerkalie’ Theatre), Beethoven Missa Solemni, Mozart Requiem with New Israeli Opera and Zaretsky Eugene Onegin, Barnabas Das Kaisers neue Kleider, Barker in Gershwin’s Blue Monday and Pluto Orpheus at the Komische Oper Berlin. In 2018 he 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.


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

Artist Videos

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

Opera Repertoire

Bizet Carmen Zuniga
Gershwin Blue Monday Sam
Monteverdi Orpheus Pluto
Mozart Così fan tutte Don Alfonso
Mozart Così fan tutte Don Alphonso
Mozart Don Giovanni Commendatore
Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro Don Bartolo
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Sarastro
Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffman Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dappertutto
Prokofiev War and Peace Old Waiter/Bolkonsky/Gabriel/Shcherbaty
Puccini La Bohème Colline
Puccini Madama Butterfly Commissioner/Bonze
Puccini Tosca Angelotti
Rimsky-Korsakov Tsar's Bride Sobakin
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Don Basilio
Rossini Italiana in Algeri Mustafa
Shchedrin Dead Souls Governor/Bearded Man
Shostakovich The Tale of the Priest and His Workman Bob Pop
Smelkov The Brothers Karamazov Old Man
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Prince Gremin
Tchaikovsky Iolanta King René
Tchaikovsky Maid of Orleans Archbishop
Vachek Des Kaisers neue Kleider Barnabas
Verdi Rigoletto Sparafucile/Conte di Ceprano
Verdi La Traviata Marquis d'Obini/Dr Grenvil

Concert Repertoire

Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Mozart Requiem