Canadian bass Robert Pomakov makes his San Francisco Opera debut this season. His other engagements this season include Benoit (La Bohème) and Haly (L’italiana in Algeri) with Houston Grand Opera, Monterone at the Metropolitan Opera, and concert performances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, and Calgary Philharmonic. Career highlights include the title role of Attila at the Metropolitan Opera, his Washington National Opera debut as Leporello (Don Giovanni), his debut at Madrid’s Teatro Real as Nikitich (Boris Godunov), Varlaam (Boris Godunov) for his debut in Brussels, and the Chamberlain (Le Rossignol) in a co-production with the Canadian Opera Company and Brooklyn Academy of Music. On the concert stage, he has appeared as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival, Edinburgh Festival, and Pacific Symphony, among others. Pomakov has been a prize winner in several of the world's premiere singing competitions: a finalist in the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium, second place at the Belvedere Competition in Vienna, and third place at the Operalia Competition. In September 2006, he was decorated with an honorary medal from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria.