Born in Moscow to a family of musicians in 1992, tenor Arseny Yakovlev studied voice at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory and continued his vocal studies at the Academy of Choral Arts under Prof. Dmitry Vdovin. He was then invited to join the Young Artists Program at the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow, where he continued his studies with Maestro Vdovin. In 2012 at the age of 19, Yakovlev made his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. He was also heard in a number of other supporting roles in operas including La Traviata, Carmen, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Maid of Orleans and Iolanta. While at the Bolshoi, Yakovlev took part in many concerts of the Bolshoi Stage as well as in other concert halls.
In June of 2016, Yakovlev sang his first performance of Lensky in Eugene Onegin in Belgrade. In December of the same year, he made his debut with the Latvian National Opera in Riga in the same role. Yakovlev made his Spanish opera debut in Mallorca last spring as Macduff in Macbeth, a role which he will reprise this season for his debut at Opera de Lyon. In June of 2017, he was heard at the Dutch National Opera in an operatic concert. He also made his German operatic debut in October/November of 2017 as Lensky at the Frankfurt Opera. Yakovlev will debut at the Semperoper Dresden in the 2018/2019 season as Ismaele in the new production of Nabucco, conducted by Omer Welber. Other roles in his developing repertoire include Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Prince Vladimir in Prince Igor, Alfredo in La Traviata, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.