Baritone

Andrei Bondarenko

© Mariia Trepikova

Introduction

Ukrainian, Andrei Bondarenko, is one of the most exciting young baritones of today, having worked extensively with Valery Gergiev, Ivor Bolton, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vasily Petrenko, Enrique Mazzola, Kirill Karabits, Teodor Currentzis, Emanuelle Villaume, Michael Sturminger, Omer Meir Wellber, Alain Altinoglou, Daniele Callegari, and Mikhail Tatarnikov.

Despite his youth, he has already appeared at Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, Teatro Colon, Cologne Opera, Sydney Opera House, Perm State Opera and Mariinsky Theatre. He also gave his role debut as Billy in the Russian premiere of Britten’s Billy Budd (Mikhailovsky Theatre, St. Petersburg).

The 2017/18 season includes his debut at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Marcello in La bohème; a return to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore; Guglielmo, Così fan tutte; Albert, Werther; and Ramiro, L’Heure espagnole; all at Opernhaus Zürich, where he continues as a house resident. On the concert platform, Andrei will appear as Prince Afron in The Golden Cockerel at the Concertgebouw under Vasily Petrenko. He will make debuts with Prague Philharmonia in Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; The Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España for the Fauré Requiem; and embark on a major rectial tour with Gary Matthewman, presenting programmes at Carnegie Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus, The Kennedy Center in Washington, and Bozar in Brussels.

Andrei has recorded Don Giovanni (title role) and Le nozze di Figaro (Conte) for Sony Classics, Rachmaninov songs with Iain Burnside at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh for Delphian Records, as well as the highly-acclaimed Lieutenant Kijé Suite on the BIS label.

 


Performance Schedule

From The Green Room

Discography

 
  • Lieutenant Kijé Suite More info  

    Label: BIS records

    Release Date: 31 Jan 13

    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrew Litton
    PROKOFIEV
    Symphony No 6 in E Flat Minor, Op.11
    Lieutenant Kijé Suite
    The Love For Three Oranges Symphonic Suite

  • Le Nozze di Figaro More info  

    Label: Sony

    Release Date: 01 Feb 14

    Andrei Bondarenko: Count Almaviva
    Simone Kermes: Countess Almaviva
    Christian van Horn: Figaro
    Fanie Atonelou: Susanna
    Mary-Ellen Nesi: Cherubino
    Maria Forsstrom: Marcellina
    Nikolai Loskutkin: Bartolo
    Krystian Adam: Don Basilio
    James Elliot: Don Curzio
    Garry Agadzhanian: Antonio
    Natalya Kirillova: Barbarina
    MusicAeterna
    Teodor Currentzis.

  • Rachmaninov Songs More info  

    Label: Delphian Records

    Release Date: 24 Mar 14

    Evelina Dobraceva Soprano
    Ekaterina Siurina Soprano
    Justina Gringyte Mezzo-Soprano
    Daniil Shtoda Tenor
    Andrei Bondarenko Baritone
    Rodion Pogossov Baritone
    Alexander Vinogradov Bass
    Iain Burnside Piano

  • TCHAIKOVSKY: Iolanta More info  

    Label: OEHMS CLASSICS

    Release Date: 28 Aug 15

    Bondarenko
    Vinogradov
    Gursenich Orchestra of Cologne
    Dmitrij Kitajen

  • 28 Oct 16 TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin
    The Dallas Opera
    More info  

    “The evening’s performance received a standing ovation, thanks in no small part to stars Andrei Bondarenko (Eugene Onegin) and Svetlana Aksenova…”
    Lacy Ball, Culturemap Dallas 

    “Andrei Bondarenko, who portrays the opera’s world-weary eponym, has a major career these days. He certainly radiates disengagement here, then rising passion as he sees the now-married Tatyana after five years away. It’s an imposing baritone”
    Scott Cantrell, Dallas News 

  • 06 Jul 16 DONIZETTI L'elisir d'amore
    Oper im Steinbruch St Margarethen
    More info  

    “Andrei Bondarenko ist ein exzellenter Belcore.”
    Peter Jarolin, Kurier.at 

    “In den weiteren Rollen überzeugten vollends der ukrainische Bariton Andrei Bondarenko als Belcore.”
    Alexandra Bäck, Tips 

    “Andrei Bondarenko (Belcore) beeindruckt mit seinem vollen, satten Bariton.”
    Stefan Ender, der Standard 

  • 20 Apr 16 ROSSINI La cenerentola
    Oper Köln
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    ‘Prévu dans le rôle-titre de Billy Budd, Andrei Bondarenko chante ici son premier Rossini. Un rien surpassé par les passages les plus virtuoses, il tire son épingle du jeu grâce à la beauté de son timbre à la couleur tout à fait italienne campant, par ailleurs, un Dandini vaniteux comme il faut.’
    Andreas Laska, ResMusica 

    ‘Andrei Bondarenko charmed as Dandini, while he vocally impressed with his stamina and musicality in “Come un’ape ne’ giorni d’aprile”’
    David PInedo, Opera Today 

  • 17 Jan 16 DONIZETTI Don Pasquale
    Opernhaus Zurich
    More info  

    ‘The role of the cunning doctor Malatesta was sung compellingly by baritone Andrei Bondarenko. Cool as a cucumber, he pulls off the most appalling lies with the straight face of a mafioso, and his Ox-Cam decorum was well suited to the pivotal role.’
    Sarah Batschelet, Bachtrack 

  • 03 Nov 15 PUCCINI La bohème
    Opernhaus Zurich
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    “Im Duett mit dem prächtigen Bariton von Andrei Bondarenko”
    Katharina von Glasenapp, Schwäbische

    “und Andrei Bondarenko ist schlichtweg ein Super-Marcello: ein in allen Lagen firmer Pracht-Bariton.”
    Badische Zeitung

    “Eindrücklich der klangschön singende Bariton Andrei Bondarenko als Maler Marcello.”
    Südkurier

    “I was taken with Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko, a Cardiff Singer of the World in 2011. It’s good to see him on a major opera stage.”
    John Rhodes, Seen and Heard International

    “Die Sänger stehen dem hohen Niveau in nichts nach, drei davon feiern am Opernhaus ihr Debüt. […] und Andrei Bondarenko aus der Ukraine imponiert als Marcello mit ausgewogenem, sonorem Bariton.”
    Peter Wäch, Berner Bär

    “Marcello, der vom Ukrainer Andrei Bondarenko mit grummeligem Charakter und warmem, nuanciertem Bariton ausgestattet wird.”
    Der Bund

    “Andrei Bondarenko’s Marcello was the finest voice: rounded, mellow, consistently clear.”
    Sarah Batschelet, Bachtrack

  • 28 Aug 15 TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta
    OEHMS CLASSICS CD
    More info  

    ” In a coup of luxury casting, considering the role’s brevity, Andrei Bondarenko makes for a resplendent Robert, easily the equal of Dmitri Hvorostovsky on Valery Gergiev’s Philips recording.”
    Mark Pullinger, Gramophone 

    “Als Herzog Robert kostet der Bariton Andrei Bondarenko seine effektvolle Arie mit Energie  genüsslich aus”
    Benjamin Künzel, Klassik.com 

    ‘Baritone Andrei Bondarenko has a flourishing international career; it’s hard to individualize Robert, but Bondarenko’s vocalism is fully satisfying’
    David Shengold, Opera News 

  • 10 Apr 15 TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta
    The Dallas Opera
    More info  

    ‘Yet another well-appointed baritone is supplied by Andrei Bondarenko, as Robert, betrothed to Iolanta but in love with another woman’
    Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News 

  • 11 Feb 15 RACHMANINOV The Bells 11 February 2015
    LPO, Royal Festival Hall
    More info  

    “baritone Andrei Bondarenko superbly authoritative in the final poem on funeral bell.”
    Richard Fairman, Financial Times 

  • 07 Feb 15 RACHMANINOV Spring Cantata 07 February 2015
    LPO, Royal Festival Hall
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    ‘…backed by the choir, the fluid and beautifully poised baritone of the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition winner Andrei Bondarenko always made pleasant listening, even when he cried “Kill, kill the betrayer!”’
    Geoff Brown, The Arts Desk 

  • 16 Jul 14 PROKOFIEV War and Peace
    Mariinsky II
    More info  

    “As Natasha and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, Aida Garifullina and Andrei Bondarenko impress as major new talents, especially the limpid-voiced Garifullina. The reunion of Natasha and the dying Andrei, in which they recount their lost love, is devastating.”
    George Loomis for the Financial Times

    “However all singing throughout was second to none with heart-rending appeal from superb soprano Aida Garifullina, a fine match for her prince, sung with that rich unique Russian tone by Andrei Bondarenko.”
    Maggie Cotton for the Birmingham Post 

    “The young Bolkonsky of Andrei Bondarenko expresses his nobility both through his singing and his acting (…) the scene of his farewell to life with its famous “piti-piti” ostinatos was flawlessly sung.”
    “Молодой Болконский Андрея Бондаренко, благороден и в пении, и в манерах. (…). сцену ухода из жизни со знаменитым остинатным «пити-пити» он провёл безупречно.”
    Nora Potapova for OperaNews.ru 

  • 17 Oct 14 TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta
    Cologne Philharmonie
    More info  

    “Der junge ukrainische Bariton Andrei Bondarenko sang einen großartigen Robert von Burgund. Mit seiner feinen, von angenehmem Schmelz gezeichneten Stimme zeigte er viel Gefühl für die Rolle.”

    “Andrei Bondarenko war in Köln ihr Partner als Eugen Onegin, eine seiner zentralen Partien. Seinen füllig strömenden Bariton lieh er jetzt dem burgundischen Herzog Robert”
    Christoph Zimmermann for Der Neue Merkur 

    “Andrei Bondarenko gab einen strahlend jugendlichen Herzog Robert.”
    Olaf Weiden for Kölnische Rundschau

    “Andrei Bondarenko als burgundischer Herzog Robert und Vladislav Sulimsky (…) standen in der vokalen Attacke und raumfüllenden Präsenz nicht nach.”
    Stefan Rütter for Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

  • 18 May 14 TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin
    Glyndebourne
    More info  

    “The Slavonic tones of the principal singers make a significant difference to this Onegin – best of all in the two scenes where Andrei Bondarenko’s Onegin and Ekaterina Scherbachenko’s Tatyana confront each other. Both sing with poise, focus and uncommon elegance: everything is internalised, and we hang on their every word.”
    Andrew Clark for the Financial Times 

    “Andrei Bondarenko is perfect for the role of Onegin, and despite a touch of first night nerves which rendered one or two phrases indistinct, he presents Onegin as one dreams of hearing and seeing him – here is the bored, listless dandy, quite insouciant about the simply ghastly necessity of visiting the sick or existing anywhere out of town – the Vronsky figure to the life, and singing for the most part with such allure as to make clear why such a ripe and ready girl as Tatyana would fall so helplessly in love.”
    Melanie Eskenazi for Music OMH 

  • 24 Mar 14 RACHMANINOV Songs
    Delphian CD
    More info  

    “The stars are Andrei Bondarenko and Alexander Vinogradov, both young but mature interpreters.”
    The Sunday Times

    “The baritone Andrei Bondarenko, who won the song prize at Cardiff Singer of the World in 2011, is a delight with his honeyed, even tone and faultless phrasing.”
    Andrew Clements for The Guardian

    “Andrei Bondarenko won a song prize at the Cardiff Singer of the Year 2011. An extremely fine baritone, his phrasing, dynamics and velvety tone are a delight.”
    Stephen Greenbank for MusicWeb International 

  • 05 Feb 14 MOZART Le nozze di Figaro
    Sony Classics
    More info  

    “..but the real stars are Christian van Horn’s darkly handsome-sounding Figaro and Andrei Bondarenko’s superb Count, the only singer here who sings Italian like a native.”
    Hugh Canning for the Sunday Times

    “Mit ihm … Andrei Bondarenko … gewann Teodor Currentzis einen Conte, dessen stimmliche Statur und sehnige Kraft den nötigen Biss für diese Aufnahme mitbringt.”
    Werner Theurich for Der Spiegel 

  • 21 Oct 13 TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin
    Oper Köln
    More info  

    ” In der Titelrolle gewinnt Andrei Bondarenko mit klar konturierter Baritonstimme”
    Bernhard Hartmann for Kölner Rundschau

    “Andrei Bondarenko ist nicht nur der kalte, egoistische Onegin, was in seinem Spiel durchaus glaubhaft gelingt, doch seine Stimme zeigt auch andere Fassetten. Sein wohlklingender Bariton hat eine sehr weiche Seite, die er gekonnt einsetzt, um sich dem Rollenprofil des zerrissenen Onegin zu nähern.”
    Miriam Rosenbohm for Opernnetz

    “Der ukrainische Bariton Andrei Bondarenko, der in Köln erstmals antritt, hat für den fiesen Onegin eigentlich eine viel zu schöne Stimme – jugendlich unverbraucht mit weicher Fülle und fülliger Höhe –, die einen indes daran erinnert, dass Ästhetizismus und Barbarei ganz gut zusammengehen.”
    Kölner Stadtanzeiger 

    “Dass das heterogene Konzept im Großen und Ganzen aufgeht, liegt vor allem an den hervorragenden Protagonisten. Andrei Bondarenko ist Onegin. Besonders die Szene, in der er Tatjana auf ihren Liebesbrief antwortet brennt sich ein. Dazu setzt er seinen gesunden, flexiblen Bariton sehr differenziert ein.”
    Andreas Falentin for Theater Pur

    “Andrei Bondarenkos weicher Bariton ist wie geschaffen, um die innere Verzweiflung des bindungsunfähigen Lebemannes Onegin zu erspüren.”
    Bernd Aulich for Recklinghaeuser Zeitung

    “Andrei Bondarenko mit makellos balsamischem Bariton.”
    Regine Müller for KulturKenner

    “Der junge ukrainische Bariton Andrei Bondarenko stellt sich dieser darstellerischen Zumutung – wie verkörpert man überzeugend eine Leerstelle? – , indem er seinem Onegin ein mit Geheimnis dunkel grundiertes Strahlemann-Image verleiht.”

    Christian Wildhagen for Frankfurter Allgemeine

    “Andrei Bondarenkos warm getönter Bariton besitzt angemessene maskuline Kraft, ohne den lyrischen Ansprüchen der Rolle etwas schuldig zu bleiben.”
    Christoph Zimmermann for Der Neue Merker

    “Musikalisch überzeugt der Kölner “Onegin” nicht weniger. In der Titelrolle gewinnt Andrei Bondarenko mit Klar konturier Baritonstimme.”

    Bernhard Hartmann for Kölnische Rundschau

    “Auch Andrei Bondarenko in der Titelpartie läßt wenig gesangliche Wünsche offen. Sein Bariton klingt jedenfalls wie aus einem Guß.”
    Martin Freitag for Der Opernfreund

    “Wie präzis Hilsdorf innere Zustände szenisch zu repräsentieren versteht, erweist zum Beispiel die entscheidende Begegnung zwischen Tatjana und Onegin: Wie den jungen Andrei Bondarenko bei der Lektüre des Briefes der Überschwang des Bekenntnisses nervt, wie er um pubertäre Gefühlslagen wissend grausam gerecht urteilt, mit einer Mischung von wissender Anteilnahme und der eisigen Klugheit seiner abgebrühten Erfahrungen. Auch Onegin ist ein mehrdimensionaler Charakter – und Bondarenko macht das im Spiel und im Tonfall seines schlanken, gestaltungswilligen Baritons deutlich.”
    Werner Haußner for Rivierpassagen

  • 01 Jan 13 PROKOFIEV CD: Lieutenant Kije Suite
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    More info  

    “The recording is unusual in retaining the baritone solos in the Romance and Troika instead of the saxophone usually heard. Despite the brevity of his contributions to this disc BIS have not stinted on quality and have engaged prize winning Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko. He is particularly enjoyable in the patter-song of the Troika”
    Dave Billinge for Musicweb International 

    “To add to the interest of the recording, in both the ‘Romance’ and the ‘Troika’ we get the less familiar variant featuring a solo baritone part, suavely sung by the up-and-coming Andrei Bondarenko, who won the song prize at Cardiff a few years back.”
    Peter J. Rabinowitz for International Record Review

    “Einen weiteren Attraktionspunkt dieser Einspielung bildet die ‘Leutnant Kije’-Suite, die hier nicht mit solistischem Saxophon in den Sätzen Nr. 2 und 4 erklingt, sondern in der Fassung mit Bariton. Der junge Russe Andrei Bondarenko zeichnet mit farblicher Differenzierung die grotesken Bilder ebenso eindrücklich nach wie das erstklassige, agile und farbenfrische Orchester.”

    Tobias W. Pfleger for Klassik Magazin 

    “The Lieutenant Kijé suite stands out from a crowded field thanks to Liton’s alert pacing, a heightened awareness of colour and, in those items sung in hte original film, tha participation of promising baritone Andrei Bondarenko in lieu of tenor sax.”
    David Gutman for Gramophone

    “La Romance et la Trioka de Lieutenant Kijé sont données dans leur version vocale d’origine, bien chantée.”
    Patrick Szersnovicz for Diapason

    “Litton’s work on detail here is unstinting, and it pays off in the whirling dissolve as Lieutenant Kijé, the solder who never was, is “buried” in the ingeniously score suite. BBC Cardiff Singer ofh the World winner Andrei Bondarenko Graces the alternative versions of the Romance and Troika with line and character.”
    Davic Nice for BBC Music Magazine 

  • 01 Jun 12 PUCCINI La bohème
    Glyndebourne Festival
    More info  

    “It’s unfortunate that his awkwardness is thrown into stark relief by the relaxed, powerful presence of Andrei Bondarenko as Marcello. It was clear at the 2011 Cardiff Singer of the World (he deservedly ran away with the Song Prize) that he is a wonderfully expressive singer with a thrillingly unforced sound. What you could only guess at in competition was that he can really act.
    Unlike Lomeli, Bondarenko never looks like he’s trying and that lack of strain makes him completely engaging. He never indulges in scene-stealing but it’s hard not to prefer watching him and listening to the sheer richness of his lush baritone sound”
    David Benedict for The Arts Desk

    “But an energetic team effort and some smashing voices, not least Andrei Bondarenko’s Marcello and Nahuel Di Pierro’s Colline.”


    Edward Seckerson for the Independent

    “The rest of the cast includes the expansively voiced Andrei Bondarenko as Marcello…”
    Richard Fairman for Financial times

  • 01 Apr 12 DEBUSSY Pelléas et Mélisande
    Mariinsky Theatre
    More info  

    “Pelleas (Andrei Bondarenko) exudes immaturity and youthful innocence, while revealing a sensual potential that creates a tangible tension on stage from his first encounter with Melisande.”
    Galina Stolyarova for St. Petersburg Times

  • 01 Oct 11 DONIZETTI Don Pasquale
    Glyndebourne on Tour
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    “Bondarenko, winner of the Song prize at Cardiff this year, has an astonishingly beautiful voice and is on his way to greatness if this is anything to go by. […] Veria and Bondarenko stop the show with their second-act duet.”
    Tim Ashley for The Guardian

    “But most striking of all is Andrei Bondarenko, winner of the song prize at Cardiff Singer of the World this year. This young Ukrainian baritone, resident at the Mariinsky Opera in St Petersburg, […] an artist in the making. His Malatesta = a vividly impersonated con man = was sung with both seductive charm and a coolly sinister edge. Bondarenko returns to Glyndebourne next summer to sing Marcello in La Bohème: remember his name, as I guess he is going places.”


    Rupert Christiansen for the Telegraph

    “Andrei Bondarenko’s Dr Malatesta communicates insinuating persuasiveness in a wonderfully rich and even baritone. ”
    Michael Church for the Independent

    “Vocal and acting standards are both high in a staging that establishes the cleverness and complexity of a piece regularly played merely for laughs. Here Andrei Bondarenko’s suave, cynical Malatesta is a manipulative match for Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi.”


    George Hall for the Stage

    “Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko brought swaggering sound to Dr Malatesta and plaudits”
    Sussex Express

Repertoire

BELLINI
I puritani Sir Riccardo Forth*

BRITTEN
Billy Budd title role

DEBUSSY
Pelléas et Mélisande Pelléas

DONIZETTI
Don Pasquale Dr. Malatesta
L’elisir d’amore Belcore
Lucia di Lammermoor Lord Enrico Ashton*

GOUNOD
Roméo et Juliette Grégorio

LEONCAVALLO
I Pagliacci Silvio

MONTEVERDI
L’Orfeo title role*

MOZART
Così fan tutte Guglielmo
Don Giovanni title role
Le nozze di Figaro Il conte
Die Zauberflöte Papageno

PUCCINI
La Bohème Marcello

PURCELL
Dido and Aeneas Aeneas

PROKOFIEV
War and Peace Prince Andrei Bolkonsky

TSCHAIKOVSKY
Eugene Onegin title role
Iolanta Robert
Pique Dame Yeletsky


CONCERT

BRAHMS
Requiem

FAURÉ
Requiem

MAHLER
Symphony no 8

ORFF
Carmina Burana*

Songs by
Mahler
Tchaikovsky
Sviridov
Schubert
Schumann
Fauré

*Parts under preparation

Australian Press

Andrei Bondarenko: opera star from Ukraine ready for Marriage of Figaro
MIRIAM COSIC- Andrei Bondarenko – The Australian, 1ST AUGUST 2015

Opera’s young gun Andrei Bondarenko set to shine in The Marriage Of Figaro
ELIZABETH FORTESCUE – THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, 29TH JULY 2015

Portraits

MUSICAL AMERICA
New Artist of the Month: Andrei Bondarenko
To read this article on the Musical America website please click here

THE SUNDAY TIMES
To read Andrei’s portrait in the Sunday Times please click this link

WHATSONSTAGE.COM
Andrei Bondarenko, Glyndebourne’s Eugene Onegin: ‘I don’t expect to be an overnight celebrity’
To read the article on Whatsonstage.com please click here

TELEGRAPH
Andrei Bondarenko: new face
To read this article on the Telegraph website please click here