alexey gusev



Russian baritone Alexey Gusev graduated from the Rostov State Conservatoire with a degree in Master of Voice, Opera and Concert Singing.

He immediately joined the Rostov State Opera and Ballet Theatre as a Principal Baritone where his roles with the company included Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Count Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro, Yeletsky The Queen of Spades, Robert Iolanta, Valentine Faust, Morales Carmen and Prince Radjami in Kalman Die Bajadere. He was then engaged at the Astrakhan State Theatre of Opera and Ballet for Yeletsky and Robert.

Alexey decided to move to the West to take up a scholarship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. His performances of Napoleon & Andrei Bolkonski in a co-production of War and Peace with Scottish Opera attracted particular praise and other roles at the RCS included Smirnov The Bear and the title role of Milhaud Les Malheurs d’Orphée. Amongst his recent competition successes are the Tania and Tonia Webster Prize for Russian Song 2016 and the Clonter Opera Prize 2017.



A keen concert artist Alexey has appeared with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic / Vladimir Jurowsky in Prokofiev Semyon Kotko and at the Golden Mask, En Blanc et Noir, Malvern, Llandeilo and Salisbury Festivals. He numbers amongst his artistic collaborators the conductors Stuart Stratford, Alexander Polianichko, Andrey Anikhanov, Valery Voronin and Maurizio Dones.

Alexey was a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist where his roles included Robert Iolanta, Captain and cover Onegin Eugene Onegin; Wig-maker and cover Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos and Innkeeper The Fiery Angel. He has sung Marcello La Bohème for Clonter Opera as well as Marullo Rigoletto and Kuligin Katya Kabanova for Scottish Opera and Carmina Burana with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Gregory Batsleer.

March 2021

Alexey Gusev is represented for General Management. For all enquiries please contact Caroline Phillips


Decades: A Century of Song – Volume 4: 1840-50 – Vivat

The last of these, Priznaniye (Confession) is entrusted to the Russian baritone, Alexey Gusev. His contribution to Volume 3 in this series impressed me and he makes a fine impression on this occasion also; he left me wanting more.

MusicWeb International, January 2020


Decades: A Century of Song – Volume 3: 1830-18 – Vivat

… delightful Russian songs… Baritone Alexey Gusev, with his dark, unmistakably Slavic timbre, dispatches these with elegance and point, patently relishing the verbal music of his native language. This is another young singer to watch.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2018

I enjoyed this Russian group and the principal reason is because they feature the Russian singer, Alexey Gusev whose voice was new to me. He is simply outstanding… Gusev has a wonderfully clear, immaculately-focused voice. Both his tone and his diction are crystal clear and his top register is glorious to hear. Alexander Alyabyev’s Chto poyosh’, krasa-devitsa (Why are you singing, O beautiful damsel?) strikes me as being somewhat of the salon but Gusev sings it ardently… The music of Alexander Varlamov’s More is turbulent and storm-tossed at first before moving into calmer waters. Gusev is adept at portraying both aspects. I admired all four of his contributions and I’m delighted to read that he will return in Volume 4 of this series.

MusicWeb International, September 2018


Puccini La Bohème – Clonter Opera

Russian Alexey Gusev (Marcello) is a natural actor as well as a very good baritone,

Manchester Theatre Awards, 20 July 2018


Tchaikovsky Iolanta – Scottish Opera

Alexey Gusev … proved a real find as Robert, prompting thoughts of all the baritone parts he might profitably sing for the company.

Opera, January 2018

Gusev …. grabbed his opening vocal solo as the princess’s intended with great style

 The Herald, 30 October 2017

Alexey Gusev’s Robert is impressive and one to watch

 Opera Critic, October 2017


Scottish Opera Highlights Tour

… the evening’s revelation is Russian-born baritone Alexey Gusev, who combines a Rolls-Royce of a voice with a natural gift for comic timing

Scottish Daily Express, 29 September 2017

Johann Strauss II Die Fledermaus – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Russian baritone Alexey Gusev every inch a skilful fixer

 Bachtrack, 15 May 2017


Milhaud Les Malheurs d’Orphée – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Russian baritone Alexey Gusev was gloriously rich-voiced in the central role of Orphée

Bachtrack, 9 March 2017

Alex Gusev …. giving a compelling account of the title role

            The Herald, 7 March 2017


Fleischmann Rothschild’s Violin

the evening was dominated by Russian baritone Alexey Gusev as the violin’s owner, Ivanov.

Opera Scotland, June 2014


La Bohème in lock-down

Unable to be locked-down in the usual Paris garret tenor Bechara Moufarrej in Lebanon and Russian baritone Alexey Gusev give us a bit of La Bohème Act 1 with friends in Germany, Serbia and Ukraine: I'm a bit worried about that cough ......

Fehr, Moufarrej and Gusev team up for Bohème

Director Harry Fehr stages La Bohème for Clonter Opera Theatre, Cheshire on July 20, 22(m), 24, 26 & 28 with a cast that includes Bechara Moufarrej singing Rodolfo and Alexey Gusev as Marcello. Clive Timms conducts.