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Bass MIKHAIL KIT (Boris) is an Honored Artist of Russia and has been a prizewinner at international competitions in Havana (1977) and Barcelona (1978). He graduated from the Odessa Conservatory in 1973, and was a soloist at the Perm Opera Theater from 1973 - 1986. He joined the Mariinsky Theater in 1986, and has since toured to the Edinburgh Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, Japan, Germany, France, Finland, Israel, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Lebanon. He has performed at theaters all over the world, among them La Scala (Milan), La Fenice (Venice), and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London). In 1995, he sang the title role in the Mariinsky Opera's Prince Igor Royal Gala at the Royal Albert Hall. His Mariinsky Theater recordings include Boris Godunov, War and Peace, The Fiery Angel, and Prince Igor with Philips Classics.

Kit's repertoire includes Ivan Susanin (Ivan Susanin), Svetozar, Ruslan (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Boris Godunov and Pimen (Boris Godunov), Dosifei (Khovanshchina), Cherevik (Sorochinsky Fair), Prince Igor and Galitsky (Prince Igor), Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Kochubei (Mazepa), King René (Iolanta), Viking Merchant (Sadko), Tsar Saltan (The Tale of Tsar Saltan), The King of Clubs (The Love for Three Oranges), Denisov, Dolokhov, and Kutuzov (War and Peace), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Mephistopheles (Faust), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Guardiano (La forza del destino), Philip II (Don Carlo), Ramphis (Aida), Iago (Otello), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Heinrich der Vogler (Lohengrin), King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Wotan (Das Rheingold), and Gurnemanz (Parsifal).

08/07