Rodion Pogossov

Introduction

[This is for information only and should not be reproduced. Please contact Camilla Walt for an updated biography and performance schedule]

Rodion Pogossov is widely becoming known for his stage acting and energetic character portrayal. He sings regularly at the MET in New York and previous engagements have included Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflöte and Malatesta in Don Pasquale. Rodion also regularly collaborates with the Hamburgische Staatsoper, where in the past he has sung Faust (Valentin), Don Carlos (Posa) and Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

Also fantastic on the concert platform, Rodion's highlights from last season include; Orff's Carmina Burana with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras as well as giving a recital of Mahler's Lieder und Gesänge in Suntory Hall, Japan. 

In the 2013/14 season Rodion makes appearances at the MET for Così fan tutte, his debut in the title role in Don Giovanni at the Oviedo Opera, his LA Opera debut as Papageno in Die Zauberflote and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Palm Beach Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper.

His solo recital disc for the prestigious EMI Debut Series received great acclaim, which will shortly be followed by a disc of Rachmaninov songs with pianist Iain Burnside to be released on Delphian Records in February 2014.

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OPERATIC:

BELLINI I Puritani (Riccardo)
BIZET Les Pecheurs des Perles (Zurga)
DEBUSSY Pelleas et Melisande (Pelleas)
DONIZETTI Don Pasquale (Malatesta)
DONIZETTI l'Elisir d'amore (Belcore)
GOUNOD Faust (Valentin)
GOUNOD Romeo et Juliette (Mercutio)
LEONCAVALLLO I Pagliacci (Silvio)
MASSENET Cherubin (Count)
MASSENET Werther (Albert)
MOZART Die Zauberflöte (Papageno)
MOZART Cosi fan tutte (Guglielmo)
MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov (Shelkalov)
PUCCINI La Bohème (Marcello)
ROSSINI Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
ROSSINI Le Comte Ory
J. STRAUSS Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein)
TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin (Onegin)
TCHAIKOVSKY Pique Dame (Yeletsky)
TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta (Robert)
VERDI Falstaff (Ford)

CONCERT:

BRAHMS Requiem
FAURE Requiem
ORFF Carmina Burana

SOLO:

MAHLER "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen"
POULENC "Chansons Gaillardes"
SCHUBERT Winterreise
SCHUMANN "Dichterliebe"

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Schedule

Nationaltheater, München

ROSSINI: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Musikalische Leitung Antonello Allemandi
Inszenierung Ferruccio Soleri

Graf Almaviva Juan Diego Flórez
Bartolo Renato Girolami
Rosina Kate Lindsey
Figaro Rodion Pogossov
Basilio Peter Rose

Fiorello Andrea Borghini
Berta Hanna-Elisabeth Müller
Ein Offizier Dean Power

Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper

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Press

Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov Disc

Delphian Records

'Vinogradov, Bondarenko and Pogossov perfectly suited in their different ways to the Chaliapin-inspired ‘Sudba’ (‘Fate’), Op 21 No 1, ‘Voskresheniye Lazarya’ (‘The Raising of Lazarus’), Op 34 No 6, and ‘Ty znal evo’ (‘You knew him’), Op 34 No 9.' 
Gramophone Magazine, April 24 2014

Mozart

The Magic Flute

Los Angeles Opera

The Papageno of Rodion Pogossov was a wall-to-wall pleasure.  With a silky, powerful baritone and comic presence that was able to outpunch even the most distracting animated effects, he embodied the bird-catcher as silent comedy hero and took us on a joy ride of an evening. Jane Rosenberg, Seen and Heard International, 24 November 2013
The Russian Rodion Pogossov plays Papageno in a low-key humorous, Chaplinesque style. He is a kind of everyman who wants simple pleasures of eating and romance and is not too involved in the rituals. He is adorably followed around by a spunky animated cat. A true talent, his lovely baritone is accompanied by his clever physical expression.  Georja Umano/Gerald Everett Jones, LA Splash, 24 November 2013
'Rodion Pogossov, a sweet slapstick Papageno'
Mark Swed, LA Times, 25 November 2013
Brownlee and Pogossov prove ideal as the opera’s contrasting heroes, Tamino (the seeker of wisdom) and Papageno (the seeker of earthly pleasure, who throughout the opera is accompanied by a wonderfully loyal cartoon feline). Brownlee possesses an ideally bright Mozartean tenor that works beautifully in tandem with Pogossov’s resonant baritone. Jim Farber, Press Telegram, 26 November 2013
The star of the show was Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov as Charlie Chaplin sans moustache, aka Papageno. Mr. Pogossov’s postures were pure Chaplin, vocally he was much more richly endowed than the usual Papageno. He was a warm, abstractly human silent film character (who incongruously sang) aided in no small way by the complete absence of the usual Schikaneder (Flute’s playwright) imposed schtick. Michael Milenski, ConcertNet.com, 25 November 2013
Still, the cast onstage could not be faulted. Rodion Pogossov, as the guileless fool Papageno and here a Buster Keaton type, had the best shot at exercising human physicality; in his earthy gold suit and flattened, slouchy hat to match, hands often in pockets, he ambled about, his voice a most pleasing, warm baritone.
Donna Perlmutter, LA Observed, 4 December 2013

Mozart

Così fan tutte

Metropolitan Opera

Mr. Pogossov made a robust-voiced and volatile Guglielmo. He really cut loose in the sputtering aria “Donne mie” (“Dear ladies”), a denunciation of all women with their capacity for deception. This Guglielmo really meant it. Anthony Tommasini, NY Times, 25 September 2013
The Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov adds a solid performance as Guglielmo. Wilborn Hampton, The Huffington Post, 25 September 2013
The young Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov revealed a shimmering, even voice and sharp comic timing. James Jordan, New York Post, 25 September 2013
Again, if pushed to choose, there is a clear favourite: Rodion Pogossov’s Guglielmo. Pogossov acts brilliantly, can come close to being absolutely hilarious, yet sings with a melting lyricism when required; his brief “Non siate ritrosi” from the first act was the perfect exemplar.
Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International, 24 April 2014
The two lovers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, sung by Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov, were clear-voiced and sure-footed... Pogossov was dashing and witty in the role Guglielmo and his warm, inviting tone exuded masculinity. Melanie O'Neill, The Examiner, 27 April 2014

Rossini

Barber of Seville

Teatro Municipal de Santiago

El barítono ruso Rodion Pogossov, perfiló de manera estupenda la singular personalidad de Fígaro, se desplaza con desplante y gracia; su manejo vocal, así como en lascoloraturas, es impecable; su momento más exitoso fue sin duda su aria “Largo al factotum”, cantada en forma arrolladoramente perfecta, aunque también fueron notables su intervenciones en dúos y concertatos. Gilberto Ponce Vera, Visiones Criticas, 21 June 2013

Orff

Carmina Burana

Royal Festival Hall

The three soloists all delivered fine performances, with the Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov suitably youthful and lusty.  Chris Garlick, Bachtrack, 09 April 2013

Verdi

Don Carlo

Hamburgische Staatsoper

Read the interview with Rodion Pogossov about his performance as Posa in Don Carlo at the Hamburgische Staatsoper Mittelloge Opera Magazine

Rossini

The Barber of Seville

Metropolitan Opera, New York

Rodion Pogossov’s hearty Figaro and John Del Carlo’s blustering Bartolo were perfectly pitched for this conception. Steve Smith, New York Times, 23 December 2012

Rossini

The Barber of Seville

Michigan Opera Theatre

...the leading role is played by dashing Moscow- born baritone Rodion Pogossov who recently performed in this role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. His voice is wonderful and seems effortless-reminds us at times of Bryn Terfel and at others of Jim Morrison. But what stunned the MOT audiences is that Pogossov not only sings, he also tap dances, juggles and walks on his hands. This guy is a performer, and the audience loved him. Patty Nolan, The Examiner, 14 Oct 2012
Pogossov commanded the stage from his first entracne, zipping in on a scooter, singing the famous 'Largo al factotum'...Pogossov has a rich, clear voice, marrying warm colour, supple phrasing and pinpoint diction. When you combine his musicianship with the grace, timing and expressive gestures of a born comedic actor, you've got a world-class Figaro. Mark Stryker, The Free Press, 15 Oct 2012

Donizetti

L'elisir d'amore

Glyndebourne Festival

..More rewarding is the Sergeant Belcore of Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov, who brings the cocksure ladykiller to life in a performance of flamboyant macho panache..

The Stage, June 10 2011

...Rodion Pogossov's Sgt Belcore (who made his Festival debut after his unforgettable Guglielmo in the 2006 Tour's Cosi fan tutti): Apart from his brilliantlyblazing voice (a given) he's pretty good at thight slapping and his long riding boots look great...

Sussex Express, June 13 2011

Recordings

Rachmaninov Songs

Evelina Dobraceva, Ekaterina Siurina (sopranos), Justina Gringyte (mezzo-soprano), Daniil Shtoda (tenor), Andrei Bondarenko, Rodion Pogossov (baritones), Alexander Vinogradov (bass) & Iain Burnside (piano)

Catalogue No: DCD34127
Release date: 10th March 2014
Barcode: 0801918341274

Delphian Records

Carmina Burana

CARL ORFF: Carmina Burana

Hans Graf conductor
Sarah Tynan soprano
Andrew Kennedy tenor
Rodion Pogossov baritone
London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir
Trinity Boys Choir
Neville Creed, Gillian Plummer chorus masters
Pieter Schoeman leader
LPO

Song Recital

Antonio Caldara, Antonio Cesti, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Edvard Grieg, Gustav Mahler, et al
EMI