Internationally renowned Russian baritone Vladmir Chernov joined the Music Department faculty at UCLA In January 2006 as a Professor of Vocal Studies.
Chernov has sung over 40 leading roles and has appeared at nearly every major international theater including the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, Teatro Colon, Paris Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and Vienna State Opera, under many of today’s great conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Valery Gergiev, James Levine and Seiji Ozawa.
Chernov’s U.S. debut was at Los Angeles Opera in the 1989-90 season as Posa in Verdi’s Don Carlo, opposite Plácido Domingo. Mr Chernov’s most requested roles include Germont in La Traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Eugene Onegin, Miller in Luisa Miller, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Prince Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades.
Recent appearances include Eugene Onegin in Seattle and at the Paris Opera, Barbiere in Los Angeles, Il Trovatore at Covent Garden, The Queen of Spades in Dallas and Lyon, Vespri Siciliani in Athens and Eugene Onegin at Opera Australia. Other engagements include Prince Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades at the Met and Tebaldo in Zandonai’s Giuletta e Romeo in Munich.
Chernov’s recordings include Il Trovatore, Luisa Miller and Don Carlo for Sony Classical, Rigoletto for Deutsche Grammophon, Un Ballo in Maschera for Teldec, Pique Dame for Philips as well as a video recordings of Simon Boccanegra and Stiffelio for Deutsche Grammophon. He sang the role of Giorgio in the world premiere of Daniel Catan’s opera Il Postino, with the L.A. Opera in September 2010.