Nikolay Didenko


Russian bass Nikolay Didenko graduated from the Moscow Academy of Choral Art in both singing and conducting in 2003. Between 2003 and 2004 he was a soloist of the ‘New Opera’ in Moscow, and until 2005 was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, where he participated in productions including Turandot, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflote and Tosca.

Following his training, Nikolay had many successes and sang roles including Frère Laurent in Romeo & Juliet, Don Geronio in Il Turco in Italia, Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Colline in La Boheme, Alidoro in La Cenerentola and Oroveso in Norma at houses such as Houston Grand Opera, Opera National de Paris Bastille, Royal Danish Opera, Cologne Opera, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, Bilbao Opera, Liceu Barcelona and with Europe Galante to name a few.

Nikolay also shines on the concert platform and has performed works including Mahler Symphony No. 8, Shostakovich Symphonies 13 and 14, Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel with orchestras such as the Sao Paolo State Symphony, Bamberg Symphony, Nederlandse Programma Stichtung, VARA Radio, Umeå Symphony Orchestra and with the NTR at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. 

Engagements this season and beyond include Benvenuto Cellini at the Cologne Opera, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Orchestre National d'Ile de France and a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Rusalka.


 [This is not a biography and is for information only.  Please contact Sophie Robertson for an updated biography and performance schedule]

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BANEVICH The Story of Kai and Gerda (The Robber's Chief Woman)
BELLINI I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Cappelio)
BELLINI Norma (Oroveso)
BELLINI La Sonnambula (Count Rodolfo)
BEETHOVEN Fidelio (Rocco)
BERLIOZ Benvenuto Cellini (Pope)
BERLIOZ Romeo et Juliet (Fre Laurent)
DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo)
DVORAK Rusalka (Vodnik)
KORSAKOV Mozart and Salieri (Salieri)
MOZART La Clemenza di Tito (Publio)
MOZART Cosi fan tutte (Don Alfonso)
MOZART Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro)
MOZART Don Giovanni (Leporello)
MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov (Pimen)
PROKOFIEV The Fiery Angel (Faustus)
PUCCINI La Bohème (Colline)
PUCCINI Tosca (Angelotti)
ROSSINI Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Basilio)
ROSSINI Il turco in Italia (Geronio)
ROSSINI La Cenerentola (Alidoro)
TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin (Gremin)
VERDI La Forza del Destino (Padre Guardiano)
VERDI Rigoletto (Sparafucile) + (Monterone)
VERDI Falstaff (Pistola)
VERDI Il Trovatore (Ferrando)
VERDI Aida (Ramfis)
VERDI Macbeth (Banquo)
VERDI Don Carlo (Filippo & Grand Inquisitore)
VERDI Simon Boccanegra (Fiesco)
WAGNER Rienzi (Paolo Orsini)


BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis 
MAHLER Symphony No. 8
MOZART Requiem 
PENDERECKI St Luke Passion
PENDERECKI Polish Requiem
RASKATOV Mysterium Magnum
ROSSINI Petite Messe Solennelle
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies No. 13 & No. 14
VERDI Requiem

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Symphony No. 14

Temple Israel, Minneapolis

But the SPCO, conductor Hans Graf and a pair of outstanding singers also made a convincing case that this is music that should be experienced. And, ideally, performed as impeccably as it was on Thursday. Both soprano Dina Kuznetsova and bass Nikolai Didenko compellingly turned each poem into a deeply involving story, each dark night of the soul distinctly different from the last. With the SPCO strings and a battery of percussion eloquently underlining the gripping gravitas, it proved a performance that could cut to listeners' hearts like an Arctic zephyr. Rob Hubbard, 30 January 2014, Pioneer Press


I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Opera North

Nikolay Didenko, darkly commanding as Giulietta's dad...
Lynne Walker, November 2008


The Barber of Seville

New York City Opera

...The best voice of the evening belonged to the Don Basilio of debut basso Nikolai Didenko, who stole the show with his seemingly effortless, subterranean voice and highly developed sense of character, portraying the music teacher as the slimy creature that the composer intended but hardly ever receives.. The New York Sun, October 2005


L’amore dei tre re

N. Didenko (Archibaldo), S. Jakubiak (Fiora), E. Barry (Avito), D. Pershall (Manfredo), J. Prego (Flaminio), J. Gontarz (Handmaiden), M. Dobrowolska (Young Woman), A. Fijałkowska (Old Woman), T. Warmijak (Youth), P. Ronek (Offstage Voice); Chór Filharmonii Narodowej; Polska Orkiestra Radiowa; Łukasz Borowicz [Recorded ‘live’ during a concert performance in the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall on 2 April 2013