The German baritone Stefan Astakhov, who was born in Moscow 1997 and is just shy of 21, began his vocal training with Caroline Thomas at the Detmold Conservatory of Music in 2015. He has continued his studies with Bogdan Makal in Wrocław since October 2018, while at the same time attending the Opera School at the National Theater in Warsaw. Last year he won the “Ton und Erklärung” Competition, the jury for which was chaired by Brigitte Fassbaender, and also received the Young Talent Prize at the s’Hertogenbosch International Singing Competition. Astakhov has sung the title roles in Mozart’s Figaro and Don Giovanni at the Wrocław Opera House and has been in the cast of Britten’s Billy Budd at the National Theater in Prague. He has also appeared at the Landestheater Detmold and at the Jennersdorf Festival in Austria. In 2019 he was one of the scholarship fellows at Thomas Hampson’s Lied Academy at the Heidelberg Spring Festival.