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"It was a good night too for bass Pavlo Balakin...his turn as Herman was strong, and Balakin has the commanding stage presence and singing prowess for leading roles."

- Michael Amundsen, The Wagnerian

Pavlo Balakin (bass) is one of the most outstanding opera soloists of his generation in Estonia today.

Pavlo’s first music degree is from the jazz saxophone class of the Donetsk Music Academy in Ukraine (2006). Thereafter the Ukrainian born bass studied singing at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Prof Mati Palm. In addition, he has worked regularly with a number of great coaches, among them Richard Barker, Roberta Ferrari, Kristina Vavolo, Kristin Okerlund and Jeffrey Goldberg.


Between 2002-2008 Pavlo sang in the chorus of the Ukrainian National Opera and between 2008-2013 in the chorus of the Estonian National Opera. Besides, he sang many bass solo roles until being officially hired as a soloist by the Estonian National Opera in 2013.
In 2016, Pavlo Balakin made his debut in Italy – singing the title role of Attila in Verdi's "Attila" at Teatro Massimo di Palermo – and continued during the summer as Dottore Grenvil in the production of "La Traviata" at Opera di Firenze. In 2017, his main roles included the title role in Verdi's "Attila" and Hermann in Wagner's "Tannhäuser" at Teatro La Fenice; Ramfis in "Aida" and Provost marshal in Hindemith's "Cardillac" at the Estonian National Opera; as well as singing in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Estonia and Israel. In Autumn 2017 he had his debut at the Den Jyske Opera in Denmark as Dulcamara in their new production of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore and in February 2018 debuted in the same role at the Lviv National Opera Theatre in his homeland Ukraine. 

In Summer 2018 Pavlo performed at Opera på Skäret in G. Verdi opera "Don Carlo" in the roles of Grand Inquisitor and the Monk. November 2018 Pavlo will sang in A. Dvořák "Stabat Mater", with Maestro Christoph Eschenbach & Odense Symphony Orchestra in Odense Carl Nielsen Hall, Denmark. January 2019 he made his debut as Malyuta Skuratov in "The Tsar's Bride" by N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov at the Estonian National Opera.

Hear and see Pavlo live as Hermann in Wagner's "Tannhäuser" at Teatro La Fenice HERE, arias from 1.38.30, 2.09.05.

In addition to the previously mentioned, Pavlo’s repertoire includes smaller and bigger soloist roles, such as Méphistophélès (Gounod's "Faust"), Enrico ("Anna Bolena"), Daland ("The Flying Dutchman"), Ptolemy (Händel's "Julius Caesar"), Monterone ("Rigoletto"), Count Horn ("Un ballo in maschera"), Surin (Tchaikovsky's "The Queen of Spades"), Boriss and Pimen (Mussorgsky's ''Boriss Godunov'') and Salieri (Rimsky-Korsakov's "Mozart and Salieri", concert performance).

Pavlo Balakin is also highly valued as an oratorio and chamber music soloist, having performed bass parts in J. S. Bach's "St John Passion" and "St Matthew's Passion", Beethoven's Mass in C Major, Verdi's "Requiem", Mozart's "Requiem", Mendelssohn's "Elias", Strauss' "Deutsche Motette", Rossini's "Petite messe solennelle", Mussorgsky's "Songs and Dances of Death" and "Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarotti" by Shostakovich. 

Pavlo Balakin has worked with many renowned conductors, among them Daniel Oren, Riccardo Frizza, Omer Meir Wellber, Fabrizio Maria Carminati, Eri Klas, Andres Mustonen, Vello Pähn, Arvo Volmer; and with numerous highly acclaimed directors, such as Dmitry Bertman, Daniel Slater, Daniele Abbado, Calixto Bieito, Georg Rootering, Pamela Recinella, Vilppu Kiljunen, Andreis Zagars and Tobias Kratzer to name a few.

In 2013, Pavlo Balakin won the Annual Estonian Theatre Award "Crystal Shoe" for his mature interpretation of Méphistophélès in Gounod's "Faust".

Pavlo has General Management with PLMF and is represented by Nordic Artist Management in the Nordic Countries.

Core repertoire

Georg Friedrich Händel

Julius Caesar


Estonian National Opera

(conductor A.Mustonen, stage director G.Rootering)

Domenico Cimarosa

Il matrimonio segreto


Estonian National Opera

(conductor R.Joost, stage director G.Bongiovanni)

Gaetano Donizetti

L´Elisir d´amore


Estonian National Opera

(conductor V.Pähn, stage director G.Malvius)

Den Jyske Opera

(conductor P.-O.Johansson, stage director H.Fehr) 11.10.2017.

Lviv National Opera Theatre (conductor Iryna Stasyshyn, stage director Iryna Stasyshyn) February 2018.

Richard Strauss



Estonian National Opera

(conductor V.Pähn, concert performance)

Richard Wagner



Estonian National Opera

(conductor V.Pähn, stage director D.Slater)

Teatro la Fenice

(conductor O.Meir Wellber, stage director C.Bieito) 28.01.2017.

In Preparation

Giuseppe Verdi



Teatro Regio di Parma (conductor Francesco Ivan Ciampa, director Stefano Ricci)

2019 August - October

Gioachino Rossini

Il barbriere di Seviglia



L'Italiana in Algeri

Il Turco in Italia


La cenerentola
Don Magnifico 


Il viaggio a Reims
Don Profondo 

Gaetano Donizetti

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni & Leporello 

Le nozze di Figaro



Cosi fan tutte


J.S.Bach "St. John Passion", "St. Matthew Passion"

(premiere in Tel Aviv with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, conductor A.Mustonen )

L.van Beethoven  "Symphony no. 9"

F.Mendelssohn "Elias"

S.Gubaidulina ''Über Liebe un Hass"

(premiere in Trondheim, Norway; conductor A.Mustonen)

K.Penderecki "Dies illa"

Other repertoire

Claudio Monteverdi

Il ballo delle ingrate


Estonian National Opera

(conductor A.Mustonen, stage director G.Rootering)

Gaetano Donizetti

Anna Bolena


Estonian National Opera 

(conductor A.Volmer, concert performance)

Giuseppe Verdi

Un ballo in maschera


Estonian National Opera

(conductor J.Alperten, stage director A.Mikk)


La Traviata


Estonian National Opera

(conductor E.Klas, stage director N.Kuningas) 

Opera di Firenze (conductor F.Carminati, stage director A.Corno) 16.07.2016.                                




Estonian National Opera

(conductor J.Alperten, stage director N.Kuningas)

Don Carlo

Grand Inquisitor


Opera på Skäret (conductor Michael Balke, stage director William Relton) Summer 2018.



Estonian National Opera (conductor V.Pähn, stage director T.Kratzer)




Teatro Massimo di Palermo (conductor D.Oren, stage director D.Abbado) 20.02.2016.

Teatro la Fenice (conductor R.Frizza, stage director D.Abbado) 09.12.2016.

Giacomo Puccini



Estonian National Opera

(conductor J.Alperten, stage director R.Banionis)

Charles Gounod

Romeo and Juliet


Estonian National Opera

(conductor V.Pähn, concert performance) 




Moscow Helikon Opera

(conductor V.Pähn, stage director D.Bertman) 16.10.2016.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The queen of spades


Estonian National Opera

(conductor J.Alperten, stage director A.Mikk)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Mozart and Salieri


Concert performance

The Tsar's Bride
Malyuta Skuratov
Estonian National Opera (Conductors J.Alperten/K.Mänd,
stage director Y. Alexandrov) January 2019

Paul Hindemith


Police Chief

Estonian National Opera (conductor V.Pähn, stage director V.Kiljunen)

Richard Wagner

Der fliegende Holländer


Estonian National Opera

(conductor V.Pähn, stage director P.Recinella)


G.Rossini "La Petite Messe Solennelle"

G.Verdi "Requiem"

W.A.Mozart "Requiem"

S.Gubaidulina ''Über Liebe un Hass"

(premiere in Trondheim, Norway; conductor A.Mustonen)

A.Berman "Kaddish"

A. Dvořák "Stabat Mater"

(premiere in the Odense Carl Nielsen Hall, Denmark
with the Odense Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Christoph Eschenbach).

Recital Programs

D. Shostakovich - Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti 

G. Sviridov - A selection of romances

P. I. Tchaikovsky - A selection of romances

M. Mussorgsky - Songs and Dances of Death

S. Rachmaninov - A selection of romances

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