Bass-baritone Nikolai Zemlyanskikh was born in Volgograd in 1997 and was ten when he began his musical education. Since 2015 he has been studying at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St Petersburg, where he has taken part in two of the Opera Studio’s productions as Silvio (Pagliacci) and Baron Douphol (La traviata) as well as appearing in a number of concerts. In 2019 he joined the Young Artists Opera Programme at the Bolshoi Theatre, where his teachers have included Dmitry Vdovin, Makvala Kasrashvili and Svetlana Nesterenko. In December 2019 he took part in a gala concert at the Bolshoi marking the tenth anniversary of the foundation of the Opera Studio. Nikolai Zemlyanskikh has enjoyed a number of competition successes, notably a grand prix at the 2019 International Izabella Yuryeva Singing Competition in Tallinn, the second prize at the 2018 International Zara Dulukhanova Singing Competition (Amber Nightingale) in Kaliningrad and the first prize at the International Romansiada Competition for the Russian Romance in Moscow.