Bass Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev (Pimen) graduated from the Moscow Conservatory and continued his education at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre. He has participated in workshops with Riccardo Muti, Alexander Malt, Vladimir Chernov, Diane Zola, Richard Bado, Lenore Rosenberg, and Mirella Freni. Mr. Kuzmin-Karavaev has been a soloist at Novaya Opera Theatre Moscow since 2007, a regular guest soloist at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre since 2006, and at Bolshoi Theatre Moscow. He is a laureate of the International Glinka Singing Competition in Moscow, the Galina Vishnevskaya International Opera Singers Competition, and Bella Voce Young Opera Singers’ Competition in Moscow. Notable roles include Pimen in Boris Godunov, Rodolfo in La Sonnambula, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. In concert, he has performed repertory by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Rossini, Schumann, Verdi, Mozart, Fauré, and Saint-Saëns. These performances mark his San Francisco Symphony debut.