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Alexey Smirnov graduated the Gnessin's College of Music and GITIS (workshop of Alexander Titel and Igor Yasulovich). Trained at Russia's Bolshoi Theatre on Robert Carson's production of Rigoletto (2014).


Participated in the laboratory Visual Theatre (curated by Dina Goder) as part of an educational programme of the Golden Mask festival in 2016. Assistant Stage Director for the Moscow Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre's productions of Die Zauberflöte, Il matrimonio segreto, Khovanshchinaand Beyond the Shadows.

Together with the Studio for New Music ensemble he works in experimental musical theatre genres. Has staged the promenade production Pictures at an Exhibition (2015) at the Udarnik cinema and the instrumental theatre productions The State of Things (2016) and Little Red Riding Hood (2017) at the Meyerhold Centre.

In 2016 he was the winner of the competition of young directors at the Mariinsky Theatre, and in 2017 he was a prize-winner at the International Competition of Opera Directors NANO-OPERA (3rd prize) and the Main prize from Media-juri.

At the Mariinsky Theatre he has staged the mono-opera Van Gogh's Letters by Grigory Frid (2016) and L'isola disabilita by Joseph Haydn (2018).
Also in 2018 he debuted at the NOVAT Opera Theatre (Novosibirsk) with The Misery Knight by Sergei Rachmaninov.