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Born Moscow, 8 January 1956.

Died Moscow, 12 May 2021.

Russian baritone.

Vladimir Redkin trained at the Moscow Conservatory before studying at the La Scala School for Young Artists in Milan.  He won the Voci Verdiane contest at Busseto.  He spent most of his career as a leading baritone at the Bolshoy Opera.

He became a soloist with the Bolshoy in 1986, quickly taking on principal roles including Rossini (Figaro);  Verdi (Rigoletto); Tchaikovsky (Lionel Maid of Orleans, Eugene Onegin, Yeletsky); Gounod (Valentin); Leoncavallo (Silvio); Puccini (Scarpia); Prokofiev (Ferdinand Betrothal in a Monastery).

With the Bolshoy he toured to the Metropolitan, New York in 1991 as Onegin, also appearing in Washington DC, Cologne and the Edinburgh Festival (Onegin).  He first appeared in Britain with the company  in Glasgow's Year of Culture 1990, as Lionel, followed immediately by his Edinburgh Festival debut as Ferdinand.

He made his debut at La Scala in 1990 (Yeletsky).  Other appearances include Dublin (Renato Un ballo in maschera);  Santiago (Yeletsky); San Francisco (Yeletsky); Hamilton Ontario (Macbeth); Caracas (Macbeth).  He also sang in Israel.

He appeared on three occasions with Scottish Opera,  in Il trovatore (1992),  La forza del destino (1995)  and Aïda (1999).

His concert appearances include Rachmaninov's Bells with the RSNO.

He taught singing in Moscow at the Lomonosov State University.

Roles in Scotland

Ferdinand Don Jerome's son
Betrothal in a Monastery 1990
Lionel a Burgundian knight
Maid of Orleans 1990
Eugene Onegin Lensky's friend
Eugene Onegin 1991
Count di Luna a young noble of Aragon
Trovatore 1992
Don Carlo di Vargas
Force of Destiny 1995
Bells 1997
Amonasro King of Ethiopia and father of Aïda
Aïda 1999

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