"For the real Russian flavour, one marvelled at the tone and force of baritone Konstantin Shushakov"
John Rhodes, Seen and Heard International
"Konstantin Shushakov [was] intensely believable as Onegin, taking us straight to the brooding aristocrat’s inner world"
Robert Jordan, Opera Canada
Russian baritone Konstantin Shushakov was awarded Second Prize at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in 2011 and was a prizewinner at the 2011 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. He studied at Izhevsk Music College, and at the Russian Academy of Theatrical Art with Georgy Ansimov and Yuri Udalov. Since 2019, he has been a member of the ensemble at Opernhaus Zürich.
In the 2020/21 season he sings Andrei Shchelkalov Boris Godunov, Malatesta Don Pasquale, and title role Eugene Onegin (Opernhaus Zürich); Marcello La bohème, Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia, Malatesta Don Pasquale and Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro (Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow); and the baritone solos in Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with the Philharmonia Zürich.
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Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem
Opernhaus Zürich, February 2021
I was keen to hear the young Russian baritone, Konstantin Shushakov – and he was magnificent. Hardly looking at the score, he delivered a commanding, virile, stentorian performance – with faultless German diction.
John Rhodes, Seen and Heard International, 8 February 2021
Andrei Shchelkalov, Boris Godunov
Opernhaus Zürich, September 2020
For the real Russian flavour, one marvelled at the tone and force of baritone Konstantin Shushakov, perfect in the minor role of Schtschelkalov, Secretary of the Duma
John Rhodes, Seen and Heard International, 22 September 2020
Title role, Eugene Onegin
Vancouver Opera, April 2018
In Konstantin Shushakov, Vancouver Opera have found a singing actor who perfectly embodies both the repressed snob and the impassioned suppliant. Controlled and confident acting in projected video clips combined with a strong, assured lyrical baritone on stage carry Onegin’s equivocal character to the end and heighten Onegin’s ultimate heartbreak.
Elizabeth Paterson, Review Vancouver, April 2018
Konstantin Shushakov [was] intensely believable as Onegin, taking us straight to the brooding aristocrat’s inner world
Robert Jordan, Opera Canada, 2 May 2018
Shushakov nails the broody, arrogant character who will come to regret his actions
Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight, 30 April 2018