Mikhail Kolelishvili

Born in Moscow. He graduated from the vocals faculty Tbilisi State Saradzhishvili Conservatoire in 2001. 

As a soloist with the Paliashvili Opera and Ballet Theatre in Tbilisi from 1997, he performed the roles of the Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Filippo II and the Inquisitore (Don Carlo). In 2005, he was a finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singers of the World International Competition. 

Soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers from 2002.
Soloist with the Mariinsky Opera Company since 2009.

In 2018 he appeared with the Bolshoi Opera Company on tour to Chelyabinsk, performing the part of Colline (La Bohème), followed in 2022 with a stage debut as Leporello (Don Giovanni).


Prize-winner at the I Republican Young Performers Competition

1999, Tbilisi

Diploma and special “audience choice” prize recipient at the V International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers Competition

2002, St Petersburg

I Prize at the III International Elena Obraztsova Competition

2003, St Petersburg

I Prize at the Stanislaw Moniuszko International Vocalists Competition

2004, Warsaw

People’s Artist of the Republic of Northern Ossetia-Alania

Repertoire at the Bolshoi Theatre

Colline (La Boheme)
Leporello (Don Giovanni)
Tsar Saltan (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro)

Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre

Farlaf (Ruslan and Lyudmila)
Statue of the Commander (The Stone Guest)
Konchak (Prince Igor)
Ivan Khovansky (Khovanshchina)
Head of the Village (May Night)
Grandfather Frost (The Snow Maiden)
Tsar Saltan (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Afanasy Vyazemsky (The Maid of Pskov)
Malyuta Skuratov (The Tsar’s Bride)
Varlaam (Boris Godunov)
Chub (Christmas Eve)
Storm-Bogatyr (Kashchey the Immortal in concert)
Bedyai (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia)
Mamyrov (The Enchantress)
Orlik (Mazeppa)
Old Gypsy (Aleko)
Bonze (Le Rossignol)
Mendoza (Betrothal in a Monastery)
Teiresias (Oedipus Rex)
The Inquisitor (The Fiery Angel)
Balaga the Coachman, Marshal Davoût (War and Peace)
Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Don Prudenzio (Il viaggio a Reims)
The High Priest of Baal (Nabucco)
Sparafucile (Rigoletto)
Tom (Un ballo in maschera)
The King of Egypt (Aida)
Monk, Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlo)
Herald (Otello)
Bonze (Madama Butterfly)
Simone (Gianni Schicchi)
Zuniga (Carmen)
Nourabad (Les Pêcheurs de perles)
Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro)
Leporello, the Commendatore (Don Giovanni)
Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte)
Theseus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Don Quichotte (Don Quichotte)

Mikhail Kolelishvili has performed at the Opéra national de Paris, Opéra Comique, Capitole in Toulouse and Opera Toulon, at the Metropolitan Opera, Dallas Opera, in Mexico, Edmonton (Canada) and others. He has taken part in various opera festivals like Chorégies d’Orange, Stars of the White Nights (St Petersburg), Easter Festival (Moscow).

General partner of the Bolshoi Theatre — insurance company «Ingosstrakh»
Privileged sponsor of the Bolshoi Theatre — Tinkoff Bank
Privileged partner of the Bolshoi Theatre — GUM