Sergey Khalikulov was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, immigrating to the United States with his family in 1990. He grew up in San Francisco and attended the San Francisco School of the Arts in the vocal department. While at SOTA he participated in many musical productions including: Fiddler on the Roof, City of Angels, Follies, The Apple Tree, and Jekyll and Hyde.
A dean’s honor roll graduate from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, he received his B.A. in music, studying voice with Vladimir Chernov. Some past productions with Opera UCLA include Menotti’sThe Medium (Mr. Gobineau), Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Antonio), Handel’s Agrippina (Pallante), and UCLA’s west coast premieres of Cavalli’s Giasone (Hercules) and Jonathan Dove’s Flight (Immigration Officer).
Sergey holds a Master of Music degree and a Post Graduate Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying voice with César Ulloa. Past SFCM productions include Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Betto), Sondheim’s Into the Woods (Narrator/Mysterious Man), Kander and Ebb’s And the World Goes Round (Man Two), Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (Sam), Adamo’s Little Women (Friedrich Bhaer), Britten's Albert Herring (Superintendent Budd), Handel’s Serse (Ariodate), Argento’s Postcard from Morocco (Man with the Cornet Case), a co-production with Portland Opera and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and Dr. Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore with SFCM including a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
He has participated in artist training programs including theTanglewood Institute, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the Mosher Studio Artist program with Opera Santa Barbara, and most recently the Apprentice Artist program with Sarasota Opera.
Engagements include the title role in Don Giovanni with Waffle Opera, Uberto in La Serva Padrona with Livermore Valley Opera and Waffle Opera, Mr. Page in the Merry Wives of Windsor with Pocket Opera, originating the role of the Father in Opera Parallele’s world premiere of My Head is Full of Colors, Fortitude in The Woman in the Wall with Overtone Industries, Lieutenant Cable in Foothill Music Theater’s production of South Pacific for which he was nominated by BATCC for best principle actor in a musical 2014, the title role in Sunday in the Park with George also with Foothill Music Theater, and Freddy in My Fair Lady with Broadway by the Bay.
Sergey has received numerous awards and prizes including : Scholarship Recipient from Opera Buffs, inc, Scholarship recipient from the Pacific Musical Society, the Bev Sellers Memorial Scholarship for Singers (including performing on an international live stream from the Honolulu convention center), prize winner from the East Bay Opera League, Sarlo Émigré Youth Scholarship, Fritz and Maria Altmann Scholarship, James H. Schwabacher, Jr. Scholarship, and the Wise Iphigenia Scholarship.
Upcoming, Sergey will be participating in a workshop of a new opera hosted by Santa Fe Opera about the life of Steve Jobs, and he will be performing the role of Joe in Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella with Cinnabar Theater.