Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov perfected his vocal technique in Italy, where he attended masterclasses with singers of the eminence of Franco Corelli and Ghena Dimitrova. His career soon took him to the world’s leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Berlin, Munich and Vienna State Operas, La Scala, Milan, the Paris Opéra, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. He has also enjoyed great acclaim on the concert platform.
Yusif Eyvazov began the 2019/20 sea-son as Maurizio in a concert performance of Adriana Lecouvreur at the Deutsche Oper Berlin alongside his wife, Anna Netrebko. He also returned to the Vienna State Opera as Manrico (Il trovatore). Other highlights in 2019/20 included Hermann (The Queen of Spades) and Calaf (Turandot) at the Metropolitan Opera, the latter of which was broadcast live in HD, as well as the Met’s prestigious New Year’s Eve Gala conducted by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin with a line-up of international stars, including Anna Netrebko.
During the 2018/19 season he sang Dick Johnson (La fanciulla del West) at the Met, Hermann and Verdi’s Don Carlo at the Bolshoi, Don Alvaro (La forza del destino) at Covent Garden and the title role in Andrea Chénier at the Vienna State Opera. He also gave recitals at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Tonhalle in Dusseldorf and sang at the Vienna Opera Ball and the 350th Anniversary Gala of the Paris Opéra.
Operatic engagements in 2017/18 included Andrea Chénier at his acclaimed La Scala debut, Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) at the Bolshoi, Macduff (Macbeth) at Covent Garden and at the Mariinsky Theatre, Cavaradossi (Tosca) at the Berlin State Opera, Manrico at the Paris Opéra and Radamès (Aida) at the Arena di Verona.
Other recent highlights of Yusif Eyvazov’s career include Macduff for his Bavarian State Opera debut, his role debut as Maurizio at the Mariinsky Theatre, Calaf at the Vienna State Opera, Radamès at the 2017 Salzburg Festival, Canio (Pagliacci) at the Los Angeles Opera and Verdi’s Otello at the Ravenna Festival.
Yusif Eyvazov has given concerts with Anna Netrebko all over the world and the couple have also undertaken extended tours together, notably to Asia and Australia in 2017 and to Latin America in 2018. Their album Romanza was released by Deutsche Grammophon in September 2017. Yusif Eyvazov also appears on Anna Netrebko’s album Verismo.
Yusif Eyvazov was awarded the title of People’s Artist of Azerbaijan on 9 March 2017, his country’s highest artistic honour.