A native of the Komi Republic, Russian baritone Alexey Lavrov studied at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Next season, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Schaunard in La Bohème and as Silvio in Pagliacci. A graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, he has appeared at the Met in numerous productions. Recent highlights include Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream in Moscow, Silvio in Pagliacci and Robert in Iolanta in St. Petersburg, Donald in Billy Budd in Santiago, and a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo in Toulouse. He was a member of the Young Artist Program at the Bolshoi Theater.