Elchin Azizov was born in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku and graduated from the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts (ASUCA) with a degree in film directing in 1997.
In August of 2005, he participated in the Mozarteum Salzburg's Summer Academy, taught by Richard Miller, and returned to the university in 2006/07 to study with Alessandro Misciasci. From 2005 to 2007 he served an internship at the Baku Music Academy's Opera Studio under the supervision of Azad Aliyev. Since 2007, he has been an intern and soloist at Moscow's Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre, studying under Badri Maisuradze and making his debut as Escamillo in Carmen. He has been a soloist at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre since 2008.
His awards and competition victories include taking fourth prize at the Third International Bulbul Singing Competition in Baku in 2005, second prize at the Galina Vishnevskaya Competion in Moscow in 2008, and winning the Medal of the International Union of Musical Figures in Moscow in 2006. He was also named an Artist of Merit by the Azerbaijani state.
He has performed in numberous theatres and councert halls around the world, including the Mikhailovsky Theatre (Saint Petersburg), the Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Santiago de Chile), Opéra Monte-Carlo, Theater an der Wien, the Royal Opera House (London), the Dresden Semperoper, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Opéra de Limoges, the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, Opéra de Reims, Opera di Firenze, the Metropolitan Opera (New York); the Moscow International House of Music, the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), the Warsaw Philhadmonic Hall, the Seoul Concert Palace, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Kennedy Center (Washington), Lincoln Center (New York) and KKL Luzern.
At the Bolshoi Theatre his principal roles include Ibn-Hakia (Iolanta), Escamillo (Carmen), Leandro (The Love for Three Oranges), Dr Falke (Die Fledermaus), Grigory Gryaznoy (The Tsar's Bride), Count Tomsky and Zlatogor (The Queen of Spades), Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), the title role of Prince Igor, the Marquis of Posa (Don Carlos), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut) and Mizsgir (The Snow Maiden). His other roles include Rigoletto and Amonasro (Aida), Iago (Otello), Manrico (Il trovatore), the title role of Nabucco and the High Priest of Dagon (Samson et Dalila).