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Israeli bass DENIS SEDOV, born in Russia, was one of only four non-American singers ever invited to join the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Development Program, an invitation that led to several performances at the Met, including appearances in La bohème during the 1998/99 season, a role he also performed the at Paris’ Opéra Bastille in June 1999. He made his Met debut during the 1996/97 season, appearing in performances of Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly, and Giordano’s Fedora. He has also performed several other roles, including Figaro in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at Seattle Opera; the title role in Don Giovanni and Rodolfo in Bellini’s La sonnambula at the Opéra-Comique in Paris; and Seneca in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. He has also appeared at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, where his performances as Somnus in a 1997 production of Handel’s Semele were met with critical acclaim. His other concert performances have included a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Japan with conductor Seiji Ozawa, which was seen by a worldwide audience of television viewers as part of the opening ceremonies at the 1998 Winter Olympics.