Tenor (1975-2023)
Maxim Paster

Born in Kharkov (Ukraine). In 1994 graduated from the department of choral conducting of the Kharkov Music College (class of A. Koshman, A. Linkov), in 2003 — from the vocal faculty of the Kharkov Institute of the Arts (class of L. Tsuran, D. Handelman).

In 2002—03 was a soloist with the Kharkov Theatre of Opera and Ballet, in 2003 debuted at the National Opera of Ukraine named after Taras Shevchenko.

In 2003 debuted at the Bolshoi Theatre as Bayan at the premiere of the opera Ruslan and Ludmila by M. Glinka. The Bolshoi Theatre Opera Company soloist in 2004-23.

Died on 1 September, 2023.

2nd award (opera section) of the Antonin Dvorak International Competition (Karlovy Vary)
2nd award (chamber section) the Antonin Dvorak International Competition (Karlovy Vary)
1st award and special prize the Composers’ Union of Russia at the International Competition of Chamber Singing “Amber Nightingale” (Kaliningrad)
Grand Prix of the Anatoly Solovyanenko International Competition of Young Performers “Nightingale fair” (Donetsk)
Diploma for the best performance of a folk song at the Lysenko International Competition (Kiev)
Special prize of the Tchaikovsky International Competition (Moscow)

The Steersman (Der Fliegende Hollaender)
Tchaikovsky (The Children of Rosenthal by Desyatnikov) 
Macduff (Macbeth)
Andrei (Mazeppa)
Mephistopheles (The Fiery Angel)
Prince Shuisky (Boris Godunov)
Zinovy Borisovich (The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) 
Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly)
Tsar Berendey (The Snow Maiden)
Pong (Turandot)
Lykov (The Tsar’s Bride)
Remendado (Carmen)
Truffaldino (The Love for Three Oranges )
Captain (Wozzeck)
Rodolfo (La Bohème)
King Charles VII (The Maid of Orleans)
The First Actor, The First Robber (The Story of Kai and Gerda)
Chekalinsky (The Queen of Spades)
Tenor I (The Fable of the Vixen, the Cock, the Cat and the Ram, the part The Fables of the Vixen, the Duckling and Balda)
First sailor (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Sopel (Sadko)
Second Jew (Salome)
Tenor solo (the ballet A Hero of Our Time, part Bela)
Noblemаn / Four Noblemen of Brabant (Lohengrin)

Also in his repertoire:

Paolino (I matrimonio segreto by Cimarosa)
Lucentio (Taming of the Shrew by Shebalin)
Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore)
Alfredo (La Traviata)
Count Monterone (Rigoletto)

Tenor parts in Requiem and Coronation Mass by W.A. Mozart, Requiem by G. Verdi, Requiem by A. Lloyd Webber; the masses G-dur and As-dur by F. Schubert, Petite Messe solennelle and Stabat mater by G. Rossini, Stabat Mater by A. Dvořák, Tе Deum by A. Bruckner and other compositions.


Performed in production at La Scala in Milan, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Paris National Opera, Teatro Comunale (Bologna), Teatro Verdi (Trieste, Italy), the Bavarian State Opera and the Dresden Semperoper.

Participated in the Salzburger Festspiele, toured in Germany, Sweden, Russia and the CIS countries.

Collaborated with outstanding directors, such as Robert Wilson, Eimuntas Nekrosius, Robert Sturua, Francesca Zambello and Temur Chkheidze.

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