Andrei Bondarenko and Duncan Rock selected as two of Opera Now’s most exciting young baritones



In the January issue of Opera Now, the magazine presented “ten of the most promising and distinctive voices in a new generation of young talent”. We were absolutely thrilled to see two familiar faces among those listed: Andrei Bondarenko and Duncan Rock.
The article’s introduction says; “There’s a plentiful supply of exciting, technically accomplished young baritones, and as a result, those who succeed in opera need to show qualities that set them apart from the crowd. Here, we feature some of Opera Now’s favourites: some already making their presence felt on the international stage, but all with real potential to succeed. Our selected singers are all in their late 20s to late 30s, and we’ve chosen them for their distinctive voices, interesting career choices and their growing presence in opera houses around the world.”
Courtesy of Opera Now magazine and Rhinegold Publishing, we have been allowed to reproduce the citations for Andrei and Duncan below. The full issue can be bought online here.
ANDREI BONDARENKO

The 28-year-old from Ukraine has skilfully negotiated his way through Russian opera politics – he was a Young Singer at the Mariinsky Opera, and in spite of the cooling between Russian and Ukraine he sang in Gergiev’s ‘War and Peace’ in 2014. He won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the Year Song Prize in 2011 for polished Schumann songs shaded with Slavic depths, showing off his distinctive, rumbling lower register. Career highlights include Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’ at Glyndebourne, his third role for them. As you’d expect from this elegant baritone, Count Almaviva has become something of a calling card.
DUNCAN ROCK

Chosen for Young Artist schemes at ENO and Glyndebourne, this tall Australian Brit with a bright, resonant baritone voice is making his name internationally in roles from Papageno and Marcello at ENO to ‘Don Giovanni’ for Boston Lyric Opera. In 2016 he makes his début for Houston Grand Opera as Billy Bigelow in ‘Carousel’, followed by Demetrius in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Glyndebourne Festival. His athletic physique and powerful delivery comes in handy for roles such as the swaggering seducer Tarquinius, but intelligent characterisation and impeccable comic timing make him first choice for heroes, villains or clowns.
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