25 Nov 2014


The soloist of Bolshoi Theatre in Minsk will sing the High Priest of Dagon

The Belarusian baritone Stanislav Trifonov will be guest-performer in December on the stage of Sofia Opera and Ballet in the role of the High Priest of Dagon in the opera “Samson et Dalila” by Camille Saint-Saëns. He is born in Tobolsk in the family of musicians. “In spite of that, in my childhood I didn’t deal with music, tells the performer. I strummed the guitar in our yard, I plaid football, but I didn’t step at the opera. From material reasons I started singing in the church, but by ear – then I didn’t know the notes”, tells Trifonov.

It came the moment in which Stanislav’s brother recommended him to go to a good pedagogue in Minsk. The young man liked the choral music and initially he visited only such concerts. His interest to opera arose gradually, to a great extent thanks to the pedagogue Adam Murzich.  In 1993 Trifonov graduated the Music School “М. Glinka”. After three years of education, during which he received a good vocal base, the change in the taste of the young performer was present. “At that time Odessa was the musical “Mecca”, where I started seeing myself as opera singer. I am glad of what happened in my life and I am content from the place which I hold today”, shared Stanislav Trifonov.

In 1998 he graduated from the Odessa State Conservatoire. During his education Trifonov took part in several international competitions for vocalists. He was awarded the 2nd Prize at the Dvořák Competition and in 1997 he was invited to make his debut in the production of “Eugene Onegin” by Tchaikovsky at the Prague State Opera. After his return from the Czech capital he started working at Odessa Opera and Ballet. He won five distinctions till 2007, when he was invited to work at the Belarus Bolshoi Theatre.

Guided by the view that the audience would like to see on the stage live human beings like themselves, Trifonov prefers to interpret his roles more freely, outside of the imposed clichés of the relevant character. “The best possibility to make one role successfully is for example 25 times every other day to sing it on the stage with orchestra”, considers he. He had successful participations on stages in Great Britain, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, France, the USA, Columbia, Ukraine.

He performs the leading parts from the baritone repertoire. In Verdi’s operas he has plaid: Nabucco, Macbeth, Renato (“Un ballo in maschera”), Count di Luna (“Il trovatore”), Amonasro (“Aida”), Giorgio Germont (“La traviata”). More than 10 years his crown role is Scarpia from Puccini’s “Tosca”. “Such a man can sometimes be smiling, and very good, and to predispose in his favour and immediately after, as a contrast to that, to become another. I like this part so much that now I am not preparing myself especially for it, it is sufficient to put on the clothes of Scarpia and everything on the stage comes out in a good way.”

In operas by Puccini he has sung also Sharpless (“Madama Buttefly”), Marcello (“La bohème”). He has performed also Figaro (“Il barbiere di Siviglia”, Rossini), Escamillo (“Carmen”, Bizet), Aleko from Rachmaninoff’s opera of the same name, Prince Igor from Borodin’s work of art of the same name, Shaklovity (“Khovanshchina”, Mussorgsky).

“I don’t like it when the character seems to me of a single plan, black or white, as they present him in a bad theatre: “Love – and sorrow”. One should look for some aspects of the character, to analyse it. As a rule there is always a possibility for creative work. The better is one director, the bigger is it”, convinced is Stanislav Trifonov.

He is among the participants in the 29th and the 30th edition of the Chaliapin Festival. In the seasons 2010-2012 he sang in productions and in guest-performances of The Musa Jalil Tatar Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Trifonov sang the role of Enrico Ashton in the theatre’s production of “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Donizetti, presented in the frames of the Golden Mask Competition on the stage of Bolshoi Theatre Moscow.

For his high professional mastery and for merits in the development of the national culture and art Stanislav Trifonov was awarded the Francysk Skaryna Medal.