Yusif Eyvazov is a dramatic tenor, People’s Artist of Azerbaijan.
Known for his brilliant high notes, Mr. Eyvazov is a regular guest at the world’s leading opera houses. The unique sound of his voice and his vibrant stage presence allow him to combine an active opera career with numerous concert performances.
Yusif has appeared on numerous recordings for Deutsche Grammophon including a complete recording of Puccini’s ‘Manon Lescaut’ live from the Salzburg Festival and with his wife, soprano Anna Netrebko’s on the cross-over album Romanza. On March 9, 2017, Yusif Eyvazov was awarded the title of “People’s Artist of Azerbaijan”.
Yusif Eyvazov kicks off the 2019/20 Season as Maurizio in a concert version of Adriana Lecouvreur at Deutsche Oper Berlin, alongside Anna Netrebko. They make their return to the Opera National de Paris in a staged production of the same piece later in the season. Yusif Eyvazov returns to the Vienna State Opera twice this season- firstly as Manrico (Il Trovatore) and later as Radames (Aida). Yusif will sing the title role of Don Carlo in a prestigious new production co-commissioned by the Salzburg Easter Festival the Semperoper Dresden. The performances are conducted by Christian Thielemann and will feature a new, world-premiere instrumental prologue composed by Manfred Trojahn.
The 2019/20 season also sees Yusif return to the Metropolitan Opera to perform two of his signature roles: Herman (The Queen of Spades) and Calaf (Turandot)- a performance of which will be broadcast live in HD. Yusif will also take part in the prestigious New Year Eve Gala concert for the Metropolitan Opera conducted by Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin and featuring a line-up of international stars including Anna Netrebko.
On the concert stage together with Anna Netrebko, Yusif can be heard at the Bremen Musikfest, the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Teatro Real Madrid and the Liceu Barcelona, as well as at the Wiener Konzerthaus, and also at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
Eyvazov is an exciting tenor whose sound is metallic, stentorian and markedly Italianate ... The unalloyed dominance of the pure human voice trained to do exceptional things reaches us in a way that no other sound does ... there is nothing else quite like it.Mark Swed - L.A. Times
In the 2015/16 season, Yusif Eyvazov made a series of important debuts at the world-renowned opera houses. He stared as Canio in Los Angeles Opera’s production of I Pagliacci conducted by Plácido Domingo, made his first appearances at the Metropolitan Opera and the Wiener Staatsoper singing Calaf in Turandot, and debuts at both the Paris Opera and at the Staatsoper Berlin as Manrico in Il Trovatore. His Salzburg Festival debut took place in the summer of 2016, as Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut. On the concert stage, he sang in Parma under the baton of Marco Boemi with a programme featuring works by Verdi and Puccini, in concert with Riccardo Muti in December, and undertook a major concert tour throughout Asia alongside Anna Netrebko, in the spring of 2016.
In the 2014/15 season, Yusif Eyvazov performed Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Teatro Filarmonico for the Verona Opera Festival and Radames in Aida with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Mr Eyvazov sang Verdi’s Requiem at the Auditorium di Milano with the LaVerdi Symphony Orchestra and also a recital at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona alongside Anna Netrebko, conducted by Massimo Zanetti.
Mr Eyvazov´s repertoire includes the roles of Alfredo in “La Traviata”, Cavaradossi in “Tosca”, Renato des Grieux in “Manon Lescaut”, Kalaf in “Turandot”, Andrea Chenier in “Andrea Chenier”, Rodolfo in “La Boheme”, Don Carlos in “Don Carlos” and many others.
He lives in Vienna with his wife Anna Netrebko and her son Tiago.
On March 9, 2017, by the decree of the President of Azerbaijan I. Aliyev Yusif Eyvazov was awarded the title of “People´s Artist of Azerbaijan”.