Stefan Astakhov, a German baritone born in Russia, entered the world of music as the son of a family deeply immersed in the musical arts. With an opera-singer father and a conductor mother, his early exposure to the world of music shaped his path. His musical journey commenced with violin and singing. During his studies under the tutelage of Bogdan Makal at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music Stefan Astakhov, at the age of 19, undertook his inaugural major role as Figaro in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro at the Wroclaw Opera in Poland. Stefan Astakhov's talent has been acknowledged through numerous competitions: In 2018, he clinched victory at the Ton & Erklärung Competition, with KS Brigitte Fassbaender chairing the jury. He also made a notable appearance as a finalist and recipient of the Young Talent Prize at the 52nd International 's-Hertogenbosch Competition, led by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as the jury chairwoman. His most notable achievements include securing the 2nd prize and the "Prize for the best Art Song Interpretation" at the Queen Sonja Music Competition in Oslo, Norway, in 2019. Astakhov's crowning achievement was winning the 1st prize at the globally acclaimed Mirjam Helin Competition in Helsinki in the same year. In 2022, Stefan took part in the Accademia Rossiniana and performed the roles of Barone di Trombonok and Don Alvaro in the Rossini Opera Festival’s academy production of Il viaggio a Reims. From 2020 to 2022, Stefan Astakhov was a member of the opera studio of the Vienna State Opera, and since September 2022, already as a member of the ensemble his roles include: Silvio (Pagliacci), Schaunard (La bohème), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Belcore (L'elisir d'amore) and Valentin (Faust). He also appeared as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and as Riccardo in I puritani at the Teatro Principal De Maó captivating audiences on international stages.